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In February 2012, Art Molella wrote about why sliced bread is "the best thing."
The year you were born, Harvey H. Bundy wrote about insider trading in the American stock market, just months before the crash that precipitated the Great Depression.
In October 2013, Larry Diamond discussed the survivability of Chinese communism.
In October 1961, Martha Gellhorn wrote about the Palestinian refugee problem.
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In September 2015, high-school student Nicolas Yan wrote about why the speech still resonates 50 years later, even for those outside the U.S.
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 September 2015, David Sims argued that Martin Scorcese's Goodfellas endures as a more realistic, if not more beloved, portrayal of the mafia than even the Francis Ford Coppola classic.
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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.
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