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The year you were born, Townsend Hoopes wrote about the series of influences that led President Lyndon B. Johnson to de-escalate the conflict in Vietnam.
In November 1961, The Atlantic published the accounts of Germans who crossed from East to West before the Berlin Wall was erected.
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High was released in 1982.
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“It was thought that all borders between men had similarly disintegrated, and we were all destined to be free and empowered individuals in a global meeting place,” wrote Robert Kaplan 20 years later.
In August 2011, Jamie Holmes wrote about how SMS is the driving force behind technology-enabled changes in commerce, crime, political participation, and governing in the developing world.
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In August 2016, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how Lopez helped shape internet searching.
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In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.
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