In March 2014, Benjamin Welton wrote about the charismatic spy's World War I roots.
The year you were born, Arthur E. Sutherland wrote about the history that influenced the Supreme Court ruling on school segregation.
In November 2011, Vaclav Smil took on the myth of the modern inventor by going through the history of the transistor.
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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 May 2012, Alan Taylor compiled photos from Mexico's drug war, many of which were taken in Saltillo, Mexico.
In December 2006, James Fallows wrote about Microsoft's efforts to improve the influential operating system.
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In May 2006, Franklin Foer wrote about the presidency of Hugo Chávez.
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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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