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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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  • William Henry Harrison born

    Ninth President William Henry Harrison is born in Charles City, Virginia. The son of Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Harrison V, he won fame as the commanding officer during the Battle of Tippecanoe in Indiana. Elected President in 1840, Harrison would have the shortest tenure of any president as he died 31 days after his inauguration.

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  • McCarthy sparks second 'Red Scare'

    In Wheeling, West Virginia, Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy delivers his first speech about Communist infiltration into the State Department. McCarthy's speeches would continue to ignite the second "Red Scare" across the country as he claimed that Communists exerted their influence over American policy making. 

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  • The Beatles play on the Ed Sullivan show

    Approximately 74 million Americans watch The Beatles perform in the United States for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show. Two days after landing in New York City to expansive crowds, American viewers finally got to experience the band that had captivated European audiences. 

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