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12 Notable Figures Who Served On D-Day

While the majority of the combatants at D-Day were just brave, ordinary soldiers, there were also several famous people who fought right alongside them.

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The Largest Battles of the American Revolutionary War

When hostilities commenced during the American Revolution in 1775 between Great Britain and the North American colonies, all the advantages seemed to be on the side of Great Britain, the largest empire in the world. For the next eight years, the two sides

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Independence Day: Fourth of July facts you may not know

Each year, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July. The occasion is in honor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by Congress.

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These Seven 19th Century Jewish Inventors Changed Your Life

And there’s a reason why you probably haven’t heard of them.

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Writing the Constitution: Miracle in Philadelphia

Spring 1787. The American revolution had been won, but no one seemed to know how to govern the new nation. There was no chief executive, no agreement taxes,…

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    The Untold Truth Of The Texas Rangers

    The Texas Rangers are law-enforcement officers unique to the Lone Star state, but even fans probably don't know their full history, which dates back 200 years,

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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