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In January 2016, Megan Garber wrote about Mattel's move to introduce new Barbie dolls in varied sizes and skin colors.
The year you were born, Eliza Paschall wrote about how participating in the struggle for racial equality affected her identity as a Southerner.
In August 2013, The Atlantic published a special issue chronicling the historic presidency of JFK.
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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American Graffiti was released in 1973.
In February 2014, Rebecca J. Rosen wrote about the breadth of social activism for LGBT rights in the 1970s.
In November 2010, Kevin Fallon wrote about the resurgence of Dirty Dancing in popular culture.
In August 2012, Ashley Fetters traced the history of cable television's longest-running programming event.
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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 2014, Adrienne LaFrance wrote about how the way we see privacy will change over the next decade.
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