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.
56 years ago today, the United States acknowledged Cuba as Castro’s to claim. But will we recognize it when he’s gone?
Remembering America’s greatest New Year’s Day occasion: the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.