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Now closed to the public as part of the enlarged White House security zone, the Square has witnessed many historic moments over the last two centuries.

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No figure in the Revolutionary era inspired as much affection and reverence as Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette

After we published the Papers at the Washington Post, the Supreme Court decision in our favor has underpinned American freedom of the press.

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We nearly lost our first president to the flu. The country could have died, too, by Gillian Brockell In 1790, George Washington fell severely ill, threatening his life and the young nation he led.
Yes, Women Could Vote After The 19th Amendment — But Not All Women. Or Men, by Melissa Block Even after that milestone, millions of people — women and men alike — were still excluded from the vote, as many barriers to suffrage remained.
I’m a Historian. I See Reason to Fear—And to Hope, by Joanne Freeman We can’t assume that all will be fine in the end, but history shows us that times of unrest are opportunities, too.
The Mask Slackers of 1918, by Christine Hauser As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919, masks took a role in political and cultural wars.
How a Lincoln-Douglass Debate Led to Historic Discovery, by Ted Mann Texting exchange by two professors led to Frederick Douglass letter on Emancipation Memorial
In 'Hamilton', Angelica Schuyler's husband is called 'not a lot of fun.' Here's his real story, by Daryl Austin While the play's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has delivered Hamilton his long-overdue public acclaim, many other historical figures are overlooked or represented in a less-than-flattering manner throughout the production.

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  • FDR attends Tehran Conference

    President Franklin Roosevelt meets with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin at the Soviet Embassy in Tehran, Iran to discuss military strategy and the possibility of opening a second front in Europe. Iran was important to the Allies because it allowed the American and British supplies to be passed to the Soviet Union.

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  • Battle of Cane Hill

    Union forces led by Brigadier General James G. Blunt defeat a smaller Confederate force at the Battle of Cane Hill in northwestern Arkansas. The Union victory helped secure northern Arkansas despite numerous Confederate attempts to drive Federal soldiers from the state. 

  • First American car race

    The Duryea Motor Wagon wins the first American automobile race, beating five other racers in a 54-mile race from Chicago to Evanston, Illinois, and back. In the year following the race, the Duryeas sold more automobiles than any other American company, certainly helped by winning the Chicago Times-Herald road race.