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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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  • Sheridan takes control of Army of Shenandoah

    Union General Philip Sheridan is given command of the Army of the Shenandoah. Sheridan's men attacked several Confederate outfits in the Shenandoah Valley, disrupting the supply lines that fed and armed the Army of Northern Virginia during its time defending Petersburg. 

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  • Guadalcanal begins
    August 7, 1942—The first U.S. Marines land on Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands located 1,000 miles northeast of Australia, beginning a seven-month campaign that was pivotal to checking Japan’s Pacific expansion.
  • Tonkin Gulf Resolution

    August 7, 1964—Following a North Vietnamese naval attack on the U.S. destroyer Maddox, Congress almost unanimously passes the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which authorizes the president to use military force in Southeast Asia without a formal declaration of war.

  • Washington creates Purple Heart

    General George Washington created the Purple Heart, originally the "Badge for Military Merit."
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  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed

    Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Johnson the power to oppose "communist aggression" in Southeast Asia.

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  • Teddy Roosevelt nominated as Bull Moose Candidate

    After failing to oust President William H. Taft from the Republican Party ticket, former President Theodore Roosevelt founds the Progressive Party, which was later nicknamed the "Bull Moose" Party. Roosevelt and Taft split the Republican vote and both were ultimately defeated by Democrat Woodrow Wilson.

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  • Invasion of Guadalcanal

    In the first U.S. land offensive of World War II, the United States 1st Marine Division invades Japanese-controlled Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands.

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