In March 2014, Benjamin Welton wrote about the charismatic spy's World War I roots.
The year you were born, John F. Kennedy, then a Massachusetts senator, outlined his program to combat the unfair competitive practices that drove businesses out of New England and into the South.
In February 1957, David D. Rutstein wrote about the effectiveness of the polio vaccine.
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The Graduate was released in 1967.
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 August 2011, Alexis Madrigal wrote about what your old graphic calculator says about technology.
In December 2006, James Fallows wrote about Microsoft's efforts to improve the influential operating system.
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In December 2011, Caitlin Flanagan wrote about Oprah's ability to understand women and the power of TV better than anyone else.
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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.
In December 2015, Robinson Meyer wrote about why scientists had accepted this fact.
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