In March 1948, Raymond Chandler disparaged the Oscars for rewarding mass apeal over artistry.
The year you were born, Edgar Lawrence Smith wrote about how debit balances doomed the American economic system, just months after the Great Depression began.
In October 1992, Jack Miles wrote about how conflicts caused by immigration fed the Los Angeles riots.
In April 2012, Armin Rosen published a pictorial history of India's independence and division.
In June 2013, Christine Folch wrote about the West's love for fantasy and sci-fi films.
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 April 2013, Megan Garber wrote about the swift and spiteful final push to invent the cell phone.
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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.
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