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In October 1918, 600 men of the 77th Division attacked a heavily defended German position, charging forward until they were completely surrounded by enemy forces. Only 194 men walked out when they were finally rescued.

A century after the guns fell silent along the Western Front, the work they did there remains of incalculable importance to the age we inhabit and the people we are

John Nicolay and John Hay were Lincoln’s two closest aides in the White House, and helped to craft the image of the President we have today.

Thomas Paine's Common Sense helped Americans "decide upon the propriety of separation,” as George Washington said.

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The AP's Secret Deal with the Nazis, by Michael S. Rosenwald Did the Associated Press violate the "Trading with the Enemy Act" to profit from selling Nazi propaganda photos, or was this an authorized effort to gain images with legitimate news value?
Frederick Douglass, Refugee, by David Blight Millions forced to flee as refugees and beg for asylum have felt Douglass’s agony, and thought his thoughts.
Gwen Ifill’s Clear-eyed Coverage of Bill Clinton, by David W. Dunlap This past year we lost a legend in the field of journalism. A look back at her coverage of Bill Clinton and the 1992 election and the journalist with the ability to bridge many gaps between race, gender and generations.
What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach Us About Ugly Politics, by Mark Tooley We should recall Lincoln's confidence in American democracy despite the perceived failure of the Washington Peace Conference of 1861.
Roosevelt Was Hardly Naive About Stalin, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. When they met at Yalta, Roosevelt and Stalin had corresponded in more than 300 letters.

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  • Boston Tea Party

    Protesting the Tea Act levied by the British government and the East India Company, American patriots dump 342 chests of imported tea into Boston Harbor. In response to the Boston Tea Party's destroying about $18,000 of tea, the British enacted harsher measures on Massachusetts as punishment for its civil unrest.

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  • Battle of the Bulge begins

    Best known as the Battle of the Bulge, the German army begins its final offensive in the Ardennes Forest across Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. The German surprise attack initially drove back Allied defenders, but fierce Allied defensive and counterattacking tactics stifled the German advance and inflicted unbearable Nazi casualties.

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  • Dr. Margaret Mead born

    American anthropologist Dr. Margaret Mead is born in Philadelphia. Mead researched adolescent development in the United States and in Polynesia, publishing controversial writings that spurred the feminist and counterculture movements. President Jimmy Carter posthumously awarded Mead the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1979. 

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