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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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  • Washington leaves for Valley Forge

    General George Washington encamps the Continental Army at Valley Forge for the winter. Lacking sufficient clothing, food, and medical supplies, over 2,000 men die from diseases but the Continental Army would emerge a well-disciplined force the following spring.

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  • Henry Frick born

    American industrialist Henry Clay Frick is born in West Overton, Pennsylvania. Frick discovered a way to turn coal into coke for easier manufacturing, founded H. C. Frick & Company, and later merged with Carnegie Steel Company. After a checkered business career that included an attempt on his life, Frick donated land that became Frick Park and converted his art collection into the Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh.

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  • Bill Clinton impeached

    The House of Representatives passes two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice following the Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones scandals. Clinton became the second president to be impeached, following Andrew Johnson, but neither man was convicted and removed from office.

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