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Our greatest Chief Justice defined the Constitution and ensured that the rule of law prevailed at a time of Presidential overreach and bitter political factionalism.

Republican Sen. Margaret Chase Smith was the first in Congress to stand up to the bullying of Joe McCarthy.

Roosevelt felt the country needed “direct, vigorous action” to pull it out of the Depression.

While much of the world still faces restrictions on religion, America's unique approach brought about both religious freedom and spiritual vibrancy.

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The AP's Secret Deal with the Nazis, by Michael S. Rosenwald Did the Associated Press violate the "Trading with the Enemy Act" to profit from selling Nazi propaganda photos, or was this an authorized effort to gain images with legitimate news value?
Frederick Douglass, Refugee, by David Blight Millions forced to flee as refugees and beg for asylum have felt Douglass’s agony, and thought his thoughts.
Gwen Ifill’s Clear-eyed Coverage of Bill Clinton, by David W. Dunlap This past year we lost a legend in the field of journalism. A look back at her coverage of Bill Clinton and the 1992 election and the journalist with the ability to bridge many gaps between race, gender and generations.
What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach Us About Ugly Politics, by Mark Tooley We should recall Lincoln's confidence in American democracy despite the perceived failure of the Washington Peace Conference of 1861.
Roosevelt Was Hardly Naive About Stalin, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. When they met at Yalta, Roosevelt and Stalin had corresponded in more than 300 letters.

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  • Watson and Crick found DNA

    Molecular biologists Dr. James Watson and Dr. Francis Crick identify the double helix structure of DNA. Watson, an American scientist, worked with Crick at Cambridge University in England, later releasing their discovery in Nature magazine and were later honored with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. 

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  • Operation Desert Storm ends

    Following the liberation of Kuwait City, Operation Desert Storm ends as President George H.W. Bush announces a ceasefire. Coalition ground forces entered Kuwait just 100 hours before the ceasefire was implemented, proving to be one of the shortest wars in military history.

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  • Explosion aboard USS Princeton

    During a Potomac River cruise, a gun aboard the USS Princeton explodes, killing Secretary of State Abel Upshur and five others. President John Tyler was aboard the Princeton but was below deck during the explosion, which helped avoiding serious injury.