(something written by people who were not there at the time; the art of reconciling fact with fiction or making guesses about things that can not be verified.)
2. A systematically written account comprising a chronological record of events (as affecting a city, state, nation, institution, science, art, etc.) and usually including a philosophical explanation of the causes and origins of such events.
3. A continuous, systematic narrative of past events relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc.; usually written as a chronological account.
4. Acts, ideas, or events that will or can shape the course of the future; immediate but significant happenings: "Firsthand observers of our space program see history in the making."
5. A drama representing historical events: "Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies."
11. Etymology: Greek historein, "learning by inquiry, knowledge obtained by inquiry; account of one's inquiries; narrative, historical narrative; history" through Latin historia, "narrative story, narration, account" through Old French and Middle English histoire, "past events, past knowledge".
History is an ambiguous word. It refers both to what happened and to the process of telling what happened. In both cases the central problem is that the subject at hand is at best only partially recoverable. Even the deepest research and the highest imagination cannot bring the past fully back to life. Yet that is the ideal that historians find themselves pursuing.
From the red lights traditionally displayed in the doors and windows of brothels. Note: there is no explanation in the dictionary as to why they "displayed" the "red lights".
2. An area or district in a city in which many houses of prostitution are located [1890-95; allegedly so called because brothels displayed red lights].
At least in the U.S., some say the origin of the red light comes from the red lanterns carried by railway workers, which were left outside brothels when the workers entered, so that they could be quickly located when the trains were ready to leave.