In January 2016, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about why cars have become safer while gun safety has remained relatively stagnant.
In April 2013, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote about how Jordan's King Abdullah II was responding to the social and political transformations reshaping the Middle East.
The year you were born, Joseph S. Clark, Jr. wrote about how the American liberal movement could recapture the political power it had lost in the 1952 elections.
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The Monkees was released in 1966.
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 June 1977, David Chandler wrote about the idea that some form of life exists on Mars.
In June 2012, Megan Garber wrote about how Apple computers, once thought to be virus-immune, can now get PC viruses.
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In April 2012, Roger Lowenstein wrote about Bernanke's successful tenure as chairman, despite his status as villain.
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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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