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In 1942, Congress and the Administration debated cancelling the famous gridiron match-up between Army and Navy because of wartime gas rationing. President Roosevelt found a novel solution.

The Statue of Liberty has been glorified, romanticized, trivialized, and over-publicized. But the meaning of “Liberty Enlightening the World” is still everything. 

A preeminent author recalls his experience as one of America's first combat historians, among a handful of men who accompanied soldiers into the bloodiest battles to write history as it was being made

Incriminating new evidence has come to light in KGB files and the authors' interviews of former Cuban intelligence officers that indicates Fidel Castro probably knew in advance of Oswald's intent to kill JFK.

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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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  • Operation Urgent Fury

    President Ronald Reagan authorizes Operation Urgent Fury, the American-led invasion of Grenada. The invasion was an American response to the overthrow and murder of Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop by pro-Soviet and pro-Cuban forces.

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  • USS United States captures HMS Macedonian

    In a naval battle off Madeira in the eastern Atlantic, the USS United States, captained by Stephen Decatur, defeats the HMS Macedonia, captures the British frigate, and sails the Macedonia back to New York. 

  • Adlai Stevenson presents photographs of Cuban missile sites

    The American Ambassador to the United Nations, Adlai Stevenson, confronts the Soviet ambassador Valerian Zorin about the Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. After Zorin refuses to acknowledge the Soviet missiles, Stevenson presents the aerial photographs of Soviet missile sites in Cuba.

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  • Battle off Samar

    In the decisive engagement of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, a small detachment of the U.S. Seventh Fleet defeats a larger, more powerful Japanese naval force at the Battle off Samar, east of Samar Island in the Philippines.

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