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This US Navy pilot was the real-life Maverick of the Korean War

The existence of the improbable dogfight remained classified for decades, yet the details of what happened are the stuff of legends.

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April 8, 1964: 1st test flight of Gemini spacecraft

On April 8, 1964, NASA launched the first uncrewed test flight of the new Gemini spacecraft. This was the very first mission of Project Gemini, which would later send crews of two into orbit.

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What Was Watergate Really About?

If you ask most people to explain what Watergate was all about, they might say that it was about a bungled break-in that brought down a president. That’s true, but the break-in is the least significant part of the scandal. What else should you know? Radio

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Last Documented Civil War Widow Dies At 101

The last publicly documented widow of a Civil War veteran died last month at the age of 101. "It is my sad duty to report the death of Helen Viola

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One of President John Tyler's Grandsons Has Died

Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr. died on September 26, 2020—175 years after his grandfather John Tyler left the White House in 1845.

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A World War II Veteran Recalls Shooting Down Nazis In His P-38 Lightning

Jim Kunkle did it all. He flew the Lightning. He shot down German fighters. He earned America’s second highest award for valor in battle.

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75 Years Later, It's Clear Truman Was Right To Drop The Atomic Bomb

Ultimately, the decision to use atomic weapons against Japan hastened the end to WWII, halted further Soviet aggression, and saved millions of lives.

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The first vice president of color was a Republican elected over 90 years ago

Joe Biden's pledge to choose a woman as his running mate, and his consideration of several black female officeholders for the role, has spurred considerable chatter about diversity in the nation's second-highest office.

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10 Things You May Not Know About the French and Indian War

10 surprising facts about the imperial war for colonial domination between Great Britain and France.

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Curtis Hill: Why George Washington is the president who towers over all others in stature and importance

We celebrate the life of George Washington, imperfect though he was, because he was the indispensable man who held our fragile republic together in its formative years.

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Secret Nazi World War II bunkers discovered near D-Day beaches

Researchers have uncovered secret Nazi bunkers in Normandy that were used against U.S. forces at the D-Day landings during World War II.

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'Nuts!' US troops thwarted Hitler's last gamble 75 years ago

BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Pvt. Arthur Jacobson was seeking cover in the snow behind a tank moving slowly through the wooded hills of Belgium's Ardennes, German bullets whizzing by. That was...

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5 Things You Might Not Know About the Battle of Midway

The mighty clash between Japanese and U.S. naval forces in June 1942 ended in a stunning—and surprising—Allied victory.

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Mind-boggling facts that sound fake, but are actually true

Some facts are so mind-boggling that they sound bogus. We did the digging to bring you all the wildest trivia no one believes could possibly be true.

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The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Was A Triumph Of American Exceptionalism

The character and tenacity needed to win the space race and land on the moon were built on the western frontier and ingrained deep into the American ethos.

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Here Are the Bad Things NASA Thought Might Happen to the First Astronauts on the Moon

Fifty years ago this week, humankind landed on the Moon for the first time. It was one of the most impressive technological feats ever pulled off, filled with peril and uncertainty. Given that, it’s fair to wonder just what exactly NASA scientists were wo

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My Father’s D-Day Memories

D-Day is more than a remembrance of America’s great victory in the Battle of Normandy. It is a celebration of the Greatest Generation and the lessons they have to teach us.Like Jews repeating the story of the Passover every year for 3,000 years, we must

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The 11 most significant battles of the Second World War

Second World War battles took place across the globe; some lasting days, others months or even years. But which are the most significant? Here, Professor Evan Mawdsley from the University of Glasgow lists the battles that had the most impact upon later mi

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How Wild Was Wild Bill Hickok? A Biographer Separates Life From Legend

Tom Clavin’s “Wild Bill” details the life of a legendary gunfighter whose real name wasn’t even Bill.

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If the Allies had lost: Canada obtains Hitler-owned report on N. America’s Jews

Library and Archives Canada says 1944 Nazi report shows that the Holocaust was not a purely European event, but rather an operation that was stopped before it reached North America