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Research by American Heritage found that the Royal Navy lost 24 warships sunk or heavily damaged in October 1780, which must have affected Britain's ability to fight in the months before the surrender at Yorktown.

In September 1862, the South hoped to end the war by invading Maryland just before the mid-term elections. But its hopes were dashed after the bloodiest day in American history.

By artfully illustrating the boundaries of colonial powers, mapmakers in the 1700s helped define what our New World would become.

In 1928, an attempt to land the first men on the North Pole ended in tragedy when the airship Italia crashed, sparking the largest polar-rescue mission in history.

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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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    American politician and statesman Cordell Hull is born in Olympus, Tennessee. Hull represented Tennessee in the House of Representatives and the Senate before serving as Secretary of State under President Franklin Roosevelt from 1933-1944. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his efforts to create the United Nations.

  • Electric FOIA signed

    President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic Freedom of Information Acts into law, helping to make declassified federal information available electronically.

  • Texas Revolution begins

    The Texas Revolution begins as Texas settlers clash with the Mexican army at the Battle of Gonzales.

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