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Two hundred years ago, the conflict in which the U.S. seized the Deep South from its Native inhabitants was a turning point in American history, but it is largely forgotten today.

Sixty years ago, Jack Ruby shot Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. What was his motive? The Warren Commission lawyer who investigated Ruby reveals the killer’s state of mind.

My grandparents were murdered during the Osage Reign of Terror. It took my family generations to recover.

“I will leave this house only if I am dead,” the prominent New York doctor told his ex-wife, who was seeking half the value of their Manhattan townhouse in a divorce.

Classic Essays from Our Archives

How My Father and President Kennedy Saved The World | October 2002, Vol 53, No 5

By Sergei Khrushchev

The Cuban Missile Crisis as seen from the Kremlin


"The Sparck of Rebellion" | Winter 2010, Vol 59, No 4

By Douglas Brinkley

Badly disguised as Indians, a rowdy group of patriotic vandals kicked a revolution into motion

boston tea party

Range Practice | Februrary 1968, Vol 19, No 2

By Dean Acheson

Our former Secretary of State recalls his service fifty years ago in the Connecticut National Guard—asthmatic horses, a ubiquitous major, and a memorable

horse-drawn artillery

Who Invented Scalping? | April 1977, Vol 28, No 3

By James Axtell

In recent years many voices—both Native-American and white—have questioned whether Indians did in fact invent scalping. What is the evidence?


Did Castro OK The Kennedy Assassination? | Winter 2009, Vol 58, No 6

By Gus Russo

Incriminating new evidence has come to light in KGB files and the authors' interviews of former Cuban intelligence officers that indicates Fidel Castro probably knew in advance of Oswald's intent to kill JFK.


A Yankee Among The War Lords | October 1970, Vol 21, No 6

By Barbara W. Tuchman

First of the Three Parts from STILWELL THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN CHINA 1911-1945

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  • Ronald Reagan born

    40th President Ronald Reagan is born in Tampico, Illinois. Reagan, a Hollywood actor by trade, entered public office when he was elected as Governor of California in 1966, and later won the presidency in 1980. On this day in 1985 during his State of the Union address, he advocated the support for democratic movements fighting communism across the world, which was dubbed the "Reagan Doctrine."

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  • Massachusetts enters the Union

    Massachusetts ratifies the U.S. Constitution, entering the Union as the sixth state. A year earlier, Shays Rebellion in the western part of the state proved the ineffectiveness of the Articles of Confederation government, prompting the Constitutional Convention.

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  • Babe Ruth born

    George Herman Ruth, better known as "Babe", is born in Baltimore. Ruth, widely considered the greatest baseball player of all time, became one of the first American sports celebrities for his on-field success and off-field personality. Originally a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Ruth eventually became one of the most dominant power hitters in baseball history.

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