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More than 100 years after passenger pigeons disappeared from the wild, scientists believe they can recreate the species through a painstaking, controversial “de-extinction” process.
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The July 1863 draft riots were the largest civilian insurrection in American history.
Along with the defeat of Robert E. Lee’s army at Gettysburg a day earlier, the Confederate surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 would turn the tide of the Civil War.
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When Union troops in the hills south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, pushed back a Confederate onslaught 150 years ago today, it proved to be the turning point of the battle that turned the tide of the war.
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