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A Sucked Orange

A Sucked Orange

This week in history: the United States purchases “Russian America”, better known today as Alaska.

Posted by × March 31, 2015 ×

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The Restart Button

The Restart Button

52 years ago this week, Jonas Salk cured polio. But the story – and backlash – didn’t end there.

Posted by × March 25, 2015 ×

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Allegiance to the In-Between

Allegiance to the In-Between

This week in history: MLK’s march from Selma begins, “under full if sometimes reluctant police and military protection.”

Posted by × March 18, 2015 ×

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The Man Who Invented Casual

The Man Who Invented Casual

This week in history: the first Gold Record is awarded, cementing vinyl as an object of our affection.

Posted by × March 10, 2015 ×

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The Sinews of Peace

The Sinews of Peace

This week in reading history: Winston Churchill coins “the Iron Curtain”, giving name to a globe-splitting cultural divide.

Posted by × March 3, 2015 ×

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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 ×