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In January 2016, Melinda D. Anderson explored the ways students learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice.
In April 1968, James C. Thompson, who served in the U.S. Department of State under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, examined and condemned the policy decisions behind American involvement in Vietnam.
The year you were born, Edward Weeks, then editor of The Atlantic, endorsed a candidate for the United States presidency for only the second time in the magazine's long history, supporting then-incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson over Senator Barry Goldwater.
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.
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Saturday Night Fever was released in 1977.
In October 2012, Megan Garber celebrated the 30th birthday of the CD player and the compact disc.
In October 2015, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about the disappearance of published content—including a Pulitzer finalist's 34-part investigative series—from the internet.
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In February 2012, Daniel Snyder wrote a defense of Nicolas Cage, a "whipping boy of critics and internet pranksters alike."
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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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