National potato day: try Maris Piper for making chips and for roasting. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Happy Potato Day, everybody! For the day that’s in it we thought we’d dig up all the interesting things we could find about the humble spud. 1 Irish (...)

Patricia Mountbatten and John Knatchbull arriving for their wedding at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire, England, in 1946. Photograph: Eddie Worth/Associated Press

Patricia Knatchbull, a grande dame of Britain’s titled elite, whose life embraced a fabled childhood between two world wars and deep personal tragedy (...)

Byron Presida fishes from a dugout canoe off the shore of Bangkukuk Taik, Nicaragua, a remote village home to the Rama people. A proposed canal would reach the Caribbean coast by cutting through the land of the indigenous Rama and Kriol people. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/New York Times

A Spanish explorer conducted the first survey to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans here in the 16th century. Napoleon III of France dreamed abou(...)

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt,  once one of the richest men in the US, who died on board the Lusitania.

Few American families are as synonymous with wealth and the gilded age of the New York elites as the Vanderbilts.The family fortune was founded by Co(...)