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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.
America Sped Away
This week in history: "the father of the modern political novel" is born.
Moat of Silence
This week in history: the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and "the determination of a proud people to reclaim" a home.
The Marriage of Anna Karenina and Genghis Khan
This week in history: the USSR dissolves.
The Climax of Civilization
This week in history: Henry Ford is deemed a genius upon the debut of the Model T. So what then drove him to waste a fortune in the middle of the Brazilian rainforest?...
Squid on the Roof
This week in history: Thor Heyerdahl travels five thousand miles on a raft, as the history of Polynesia reveals a microcosm of the modern age.
The City of Well-Being
This week in history: the city of Baghdad is founded "as a center of learning and culture", in the face of violence and uprising.
In the Midst of the Inferno
This week in history: the citizens of the Warsaw ghetto "choose to perpetuate goodness", in spite of the horrors cast upon them.