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The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

On April 27, 1865, a steamboat named the Sultana exploded and sank while transporting Union soldiers up the Mississippi. An estimated 1,800 people died, but few today have heard of this disaster.
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'Historic Landmark' Status Complicates Corcoran Renovations

Plans by George Washington University to renovate the Corcoran Gallery of Art may be thrown for a loop after D.C.'s historic preservation board designated much of the interior of the building as a historic landmark.

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Remembering The Doomed First Flight Of Operation Babylift

In 1975, the first flight of orphans out of Vietnam made a crash landing, and many died. Forty years later, some of the survivors have reconnected, helping to lessen their lingering grief.
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Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World

Amid this week's hoopla celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope, don't forget the clever astronomer for whom the space scope was named. In the 1920s, he changed our sense of ourselves and the universe.
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Keith Murdoch, Father Of Media Baron, Disclosed Disaster At Gallipoli

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Australian journalist Peter FitzSimons, author of Gallipoli, about how Keith Murdoch defied military censors and got the word out about how badly the battle was going.
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Marfa's Mexican-Americans Remember 'Giant' And Southwest Segregation

The documentary Children of Giant tells the story of some of the people in the 1956 film — not James Dean or Rock Hudson, but rather the Mexican community that appeared in it.
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Remembering Gallipoli, A WWI Battle That Shaped Today's Middle East

The clash at Gallipoli was one of the most memorable fights of World War I — and one of the most consequential. Its reverberations are still felt to this day in the chaotic Middle East.
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Sexy, Simple, Satirical: 300 Years Of Picnics In Art

From Goya to Banksy, artists through the centuries have tackled modernity and its discontents through depictions of eating outdoors.
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After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

Launched shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Hubble telescope isn't showing its age. Astronomers and other fans hope this old charmer will be useful for many years to come.

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White House Butler Dishes on Serving in Nation's Most Famous Home

Frederick, Maryland, resident Alan Devalerio had a ringside seat to history as a White House butler fror Presidents Carter and Reagan.

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