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The Birth of Life, 79 Years Ago

Life magazine

The magazine’s motto, “To see Life; to see the world,” described its mission to utilize stunning photography to deliver powerful reporting of world events.
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Former Nun and Marine Blazed Trail for Women in the FBI

Women in the FBI

The first female special agents of the modern era were sworn in after successfully completing training in October 1972.
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“Nationals at 10” with Matt’s Bats

“Nationals at 10” Preview with Matt's Bats!

An 11-year-old MLB blogger got a sneak peek at our new exhibit on the Washington Nationals and shared some of his favorite moments in team history.
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Rolling Stone at the Newseum

Rolling Stone magazine

Founded in 1967, Rolling Stone magazine was first known for its music coverage and political reporting. Since then, the publication has undergone many changes, shifting focus to a younger readership and on current news events.
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The Confederate Flag Comes Down in South Carolina

Charleston Mercury Extra. Newseum Collection

In December of 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union. The historic event was heralded in a broadside extra edition of the Charleston Mercury, which was a radical voice for Southern independence.
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Faith and the Flag

The Gobitas family

In 1935, Billy Gobitas refused to recite the pledge of allegiance, stating his religion did not allow the support of “graven images.” His teacher tried to pull the ten-year-old’s hand out of his pocket; a test of his First Amendment rights. He wrote a letter to his school, and it later became a major case in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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The Berlin Airlift

Berlin Airlift

At 6 a.m. on June 24, 1948, the Soviet Military Administration closed all road, rail and water access to and from West Berlin, in violation of agreements between the United States, Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union. West Berlin, totally surrounded by the Russian occupation zone, was blockaded.
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The Magna Carta

Magna Carta

In 1215, rebellious noblemen forced King John of England to approve the Magna Carta (Great Charter). Although commoners gained little, the document guaranteed feudal rights to the aristocracy — a small but important move toward equality — and fostered the concept of the freedom to “speak truth to power.”
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Witness to History

Boyd Lewis notebook

On May 7, 1945, United Press reporter Boyd Lewis was among 17 correspondents selected by the U.S. military to witness Germany’s surrender at Reims, France, ending World War II.
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Riding the Pony Express

Pony Express

From April 1860 until October 1861, the Pony Express provided a quick and efficient way to deliver information day and night.  Nearly 200 men traveled the route from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., to deliver mail and newspapers on horseback.
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