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Adding Republicans to key positions in his administration, Franklin Roosevelt created a unified effort to fight World War II.

Political leaders once agreed that the U.S. should borrow only for well-defined purposes. But in the last twenty years, we’ve ignored their guidance and added a staggering $25 trillion to the federal debt.

There was widespread fraud, especially in the swing state of Florida. We are talking, of course, about 1876.

USS Nevada was the only battleship to get underway during the attack at Pearl Harbor. The recent discovery of the ship's hull revived interest in her dramatic story.

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David McCullough helped America understand itself Douglas Brinkley recalls his friend and colleague McCullough, ‘the dean of our nation’s historians’
New Evidence for Early Humans in the Americas Some of the first humans in North America butchered mammoth bones 37,000 years ago in what is now New Mexico.
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.

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  • Nixon announces peace in Vietnam

    President Richard Nixon announces that National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese diplomat Lê Đức Thọ agreed upon a cease fire in Southeast Asia following the Paris Peace Talks.

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  • USS Pueblo incident

    North Korean naval forces capture the USS Pueblo, a Naval intelligence ship performing a regular reconnaissance mission in the Sea of Japan. The North Koreans declared that the Pueblo was in territorial waters, and later tortured Commander Pete Bucher, the ship's captain. The crew was released across the "Bridge of No Return" on December 23, 1968, following an American apology. 

  • John Hancock born

    Patriot John Hancock is born in Braintree, now Quincy, Massachusetts. Hancock, a successful merchant who took control of the family company, the House of Hancock, gained popularity in Boston for protesting the British taxes. Elected President of the Second Continental Congress in 1775, Hancock was the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence the following year.

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