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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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  • MLK born

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia. A co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King helped end segregation in the South through non-violent demonstrations, which eventually led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964; four years later, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

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  • Super Bowl I

    The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Super Bowl I at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The game, the first merger between the NFL and AFL, revolutionized football and helped make the Super Bowl the biggest night in American television.

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  • Fort Fisher surrenders

    Fort Fisher, the last maritime fort controlled by the Confederacy, surrenders to Union forces. The fort, sometimes referred to as the "Gibraltar of the South", protected Wilmington as the last blockade-running port in the Confederate states.

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