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Why a painter, not a politician, put his stamp on Thanksgiving....
“The Cause Needed a Martyr”
This week in history: the death of Joe Hill, the fate of unions and the arrival of the "sharing economy."...
20 years ago this week: the death of the writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa following his work to expose corruption endangering the Niger Delta....
Liberty, Equality, Free Admission
The Louvre's birthday marks a chance to reflect on the unlikely evolution of the idea of the "museum."...
This week in history: Baby Fae receives a new heart from an unexpected donor....
Chopin Versus the Bombs
"For Whom the Bell Tolls" turns 75 this week. Its author sent his war dispatches from Madrid, in company with the journalist who became his third wife....
Who Will Avenge Nurse Cavell?
This week in history: the execution of a British health care worker enhances tensions leading to the First World War, and sparks a legacy of "the purest philanthropy."...
This week in history: the "Bulldozer Revolution," of one million Yugoslavians force Slobodan Milošević out of power....
“The Heat, Not the Humility”
This week in history, the last swing of the "greatest hitter who ever lived."...
A Neighbor’s Knock
This week in history: Nixon and Kennedy have our first televised debate, readying American politics for its close-up....
The Most Southern Place on Earth
This week in history: B.B. King is born, electrifying the Mississippi Delta....
In Quest of Something
This week in history: Henry Hudson and his shipmates land on the "Island of Many Hills", today better known as Manhattan....