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Life’s Secret Found at Pub

Life’s Secret Found at Pub

This week in history: DNA is discovered over a pint or two.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

This week in history: the Postal Act is passed, and American history starts coming with a stamp.

Posted by × February 18, 2015 ×

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Four Nice Youngsters

Four Nice Youngsters

This week in history: the Beatles touch down on the Ed Sullivan Theater, striking the first chord of the British Invasion.

Posted by × February 9, 2015 ×

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What the Fish Scales Know

What the Fish Scales Know

This week in history: Jacques Cousteau’s masterpiece debuts, inspiring an ocean of explorers.

Posted by × February 4, 2015 ×

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Loving Tension, No Pension

Loving Tension, No Pension

This week in history: Puccini defines “bohemia” for generations to come.

Posted by × January 28, 2015 ×

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Before the Needle Pierced

Before the Needle Pierced

Insulin’s first treatment for diabetes brought aid to a deadly disease, and an age of pharmacy as industry.

Posted by × January 21, 2015 ×

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A Big Truck Going By

A Big Truck Going By

Five years ago today, a monstrous earthquake struck Haiti. But the relief effort that followed brought chaos of its own.

Posted by × January 12, 2015 ×

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The Bridge to Key West

The Bridge to Key West

56 years ago today, the United States acknowledged Cuba as Castro’s to claim. But will we recognize it when he’s gone?

Posted by × January 7, 2015 ×

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Today Unbind the Captive

Today Unbind the Captive

Remembering America’s greatest New Year’s Day occasion: the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Posted by × December 29, 2014 ×

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The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce

An “outbreak of peace” on December 25, 1914, along the Western Front.

Posted by × December 24, 2014 ×

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Ancestor or Impostor?

Ancestor or Impostor?

In 1912, a group of British researchers found what they thought would be a historic fossil. It entered history for a different reason.

Posted by × December 17, 2014 ×

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Narrow Straits

Narrow Straits

Sixty-five years ago, Chiang Kai-shek established a Chinese Nationalist government on the island of Taiwan.

Posted by × December 10, 2014 ×

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The Place of Deeper Cold

The Place of Deeper Cold

On the anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty, thoughts about “the great silence that lies unbroken in the south.”

Posted by × December 3, 2014 ×

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Autumn Homecomings

Autumn Homecomings

Reading Thanksgiving Day: the riches of nature in autumn, and the gratitude of those who have too little. Essay by Steve King.

Posted by × November 26, 2014 ×

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Lords of the Cloud

Lords of the Cloud

This week in history: the smartphone debuts, forever changing language, commerce, and those at data’s helm.

Posted by × November 19, 2014 ×