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The New York Times reporter who spent months in hiding analyzing the Pentagon Papers remembers how they broke the story.

A longtime expert on Blues music recounts what it was like to work with an artist who defies definition.

The 5th president's policies helped create an “Era of Good Feelings,” a prosperous time never seen before or since in American history.

The recent discovery of the hull of the battleship Nevada recalls her dramatic action at Pearl Harbor and ultimate revenge on D-Day as the first ship to fire on the Nazis.

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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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    During a routine transport flight an Army Air Corps B-25 plane crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing fourteen people.

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  • Austria-Hungary delcares war on Serbia

    The First World War effectively began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia one month after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife.
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  • Senate approves UN charter

    The Senate approves the United Nations charter.
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  • 14th Amendment adopted

    The Fourteenth Amendment is adopted following its ratification by three-quarters of the states. The amendment overturns the Dred Scott decision and will serve as the basis for the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

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