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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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  • Robert E. Lee born

    General Robert E. Lee is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His father, Colonel "Light Horse" Harry Lee, served in the Continental Army with George Washington. Lee, a career officer in the United States Army, resigned his commission in 1861 to join the Confederacy, where he eventually led the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 to 1865.

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  • US-Japan defense treaty signed

    In Washington D.C., the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan is signed. Following the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, Japan regained its sovereignty following the Allied occupation, and the 1960 bilateral security treaty with the United States ensured its Cold War security.

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  • Edgar Allen Poe born

    American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston. Born Edgar Poe, he was adopted by Richmond merchant John Allan after his mother passed away. Poe is best known for developing detective fiction and science fiction into American literary genres, and is also regarded as one of the greatest American poets.

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