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December 28, 2017

By Lily Rothman

As 2017 draws to a close, here's a look back at some of the year's most popular history stories on It's a wide-ranging list, and a great reminder of how the events in our world today—from hit movies and celebrity babies to natural disasters and national protests—are built on the past. Happy New Year, and we look forward to bringing you more in 2018.

Here's the history that made news this year:

Not Everyone Escaped at Dunkirk. This Is What Happened After

Allied POWs faced five years of brutal captivity, forced marches and executions

'Game of Thrones' Shows Why Medieval Libraries Chained Books

The Season 7 premiere of 'Game of Thrones' made it abundantly clear why real libraries of the Middle Ages put chains on their books

How Canadian Thanksgiving Is Different From the U.S. Version

The date difference — one is in October, the other in November — isn't the only thing that separates the two holidays

Is Puerto Rico Part of the U.S? Here's What to Know

The island was hit hard by Hurricane Maria

Read TIME's Report of the Grisly Sharon Tate Murder

The pregnant actress was found dead on Aug. 9, 1969—but initial reports didn't divulge the scale of the horror

The Surprisingly Sad Origins of Mother's Day

Evidence suggests that the original idea was for a day on which mothers would get together to help out other mothers who were less fortunate

The History Behind James Comey's Henry II Reference

Comey likened the President's "hope" that he'd "drop" the probe into NSA advisor Michael Flynn's Russian ties to Henry II's frustration with the Archbishop of Canterbury

How Standing for the Anthem Became a Sports Tradition

'The Star-Spangled Banner' became a mainstay of American sports during a time of war

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Name Daughter After a 13th-Century Poet

Here's what to know about the history behind the name — and why it's appropriate for such a musical family

6 Surprising Facts About the Erie Canal on Its 200th Birthday

Erie Canal construction started on July 4, 1817, in Rome, N.Y.

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