This week in history: Lincoln’s night at Ford’s Theater ends badly, and a mourning country’s culture wars carry on.
This week in history: the United States purchases “Russian America”, better known today as Alaska.
52 years ago this week, Jonas Salk cured polio. But the story – and backlash – didn’t end there.
This week in history: MLK’s march from Selma begins, “under full if sometimes reluctant police and military protection.”
This week in history: the first Gold Record is awarded, cementing vinyl as an object of our affection.
This week in reading history: Winston Churchill coins “the Iron Curtain”, giving name to a globe-splitting cultural divide.
This week in history: the Postal Act is passed, and American history starts coming with a stamp.
This week in history: the Beatles touch down on the Ed Sullivan Theater, striking the first chord of the British Invasion.
This week in history: Jacques Cousteau’s masterpiece debuts, inspiring an ocean of explorers.
This week in history: Puccini defines “bohemia” for generations to come.
Insulin’s first treatment for diabetes brought aid to a deadly disease, and an age of pharmacy as industry.
Five years ago today, a monstrous earthquake struck Haiti. But the relief effort that followed brought chaos of its own.