Cuba, Khrushchev & Kennedy

August 30: The Moscow–Washington “Hot Line” was established on this day in 1963. A Cold War icon, the Hot Line was the direct result of the Cuban Missile Crisis, during which exchanges between the Kremlin and the White House sometimes took...

End of the Incas

August 29: Atahualpa, last ruler of the Incan Empire, was executed on this day in 1533. The storied details of Atahualpa’s captivity and death — his failed attempts to save his life with rooms of gold, and then with a conversion to Christianity — and...