A 1929 cartoon from the Prelinger Archive explained how films spoke.
The year you were born, Neon wrote about how wind, gravity, and other forces would ultimately limit the scope of aviation.
In September 1949, Isaiah Berlin wrote a thorough defense of the writings of later British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
In January 1941, Rebecca West wrote about her experiences in Yugoslavia before the Nazi invasion.
In December 2013, Julian Gewirtz wrote about Mao Zedong’s legacy as seen through Warhol’s portraits.
Over the years, the moon landing has come to be lauded as the pinnacle of human achievement, although it was often derided at the time. In 1963, NASA astronauts took to The Atlantic to plead the case for landing on the moon.
In September 2015, David Sims argued that Martin Scorcese's Goodfellas endures as a more realistic, if not more beloved, portrayal of the mafia than even the Francis Ford Coppola classic.
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With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.
The Atlantic is here to help you process it, in stories like these: