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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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    The United States Army charges 14 officers, including 1st Lieutenant William Calley, with the murder of Vietnamese citizens during the My Lai Massacre in South Vietnam.

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  • NRA formed

    The National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the largest special interest organizations in the United States, is formed by William Conant Church and George Wood Wingate in New York. Church and Wingate chose General Ambrose Burnside to serve as the first NRA president.

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  • Washington Dulles Airport dedicated

    President John F. Kennedy dedicates Washington Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia. The airport, the busiest to serve the nation's capital, was named for John Foster Dulles, secretary of state under President Dwight Eisenhower.

  • Speaker Boehner born

    Current Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner is born in Reading, Ohio. Boehner is the highest ranking Republican in Congress and has represented Ohio's 8th District since 1991.