The sad death of actor Charles Durning on Christmas Eve brings into focus the wartime service of the ever dwindling 'greatest generation'. Here is a list, by no means definitive, of 50 notable people who served (with varying degrees of distinction) in uniform in WW2.
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery was Britain's most famous Army General of World War 2, but history would have taken a different course if a soldier in his platoon hadn't died saving Montgomery's life when he was a young subaltern in the opening months of World War 1. The identity of the soldier whose death altered history has never been revealed.
ScotlandsDNA believes that everyone who carries one of 3 variants of the red-hair gene is a direct descendant of the first redhead ever to have it - two variants originating in West Asia around 70,000 years ago, and a younger variant originating in Europe around 30,000 years ago.
Should the likely mortal remains of Richard III be reburied in Leicester, where he was found; in York, where he was loved; or in Westminster Abbey, among the historic Kings and Queens of England? What Richard himself might have wanted.
Earth’s history and future in a 2 year timeline. The evolution of humans has been astronomically unlikely, and the odds are that our species will blink out of existence, just like all of our closest relatives.
French archaeologists have unearthed the remains of 5 Celtic warriors and several women in a 2,300 year-old cemetery southeast of Paris. The site is yielding a stunning array of Iron Age finds from the ancient civilisation of Gaul.
From the first appearance of Ice Age artefacts, throughout the art of all civilisations, the human face has been preserved in defiance of space and time. This timeline shows our long fascination with our own image...
The true story of 7 boys from Greenock, Scotland, who stowed away in the ship 'Arran’ bound for Quebec in 1868. On discovering the boys in the ship's hold, the captain and first mate subjected them to the most brutal treatment during the voyage, then put them ashore on the ice fields of Newfoundland and left them to their fate.
The press recently hailed the 'remarkable discovery' by a 12 year-old genealogist that 42 out of 43 US presidents have King John as a common ancestor, but the most remarkable aspect of this story would be the odd one out who isn't descended from him.
Anthropologists show how our species' domination of the planet has come at a painful cost to our bodies. Our ability to walk upright on 2 legs and think abstract thoughts are the result of imperfect tweaks to the body plan of an ancient ape that was adapted to live in trees.
Russian tycoon Dmitry Itskov hosted a gathering of mankind's best brains in New York last weekend to discuss his modest goal for the year 2045 - to create a hologram body which can host the human mind.
A Sydney-based photographer has come up with a stunning new take on family history. Mine Konakci gathered the descendants of 47 convicts transported to Australia for petty theft and photographed them with a representation of the stolen items.
The prospect of being marooned forever on Mars is the dream of thousands of hopefuls applying for the Mars One project. While human life may be sustained in such a hostile environment, will it be enough to make the settlement a success?
In a military career spanning 1899-1947, Adrian Carton de Wiart survived being shot in the stomach, groin, head, hand, ankle, hip and leg; as well as 2 plane crashes and 5 escape attempts from a POW camp.