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- Remembering Black Sunday, 80 Years Later
- Hunting Lincoln’s Killer
- What Lincoln Said in His Final Speech
- Julius Caesar Suffered from Strokes, Not Epilepsy, New Study Says
- WWII Aircraft Carrier Used in Atomic Bomb Tests Found Intact on Sea Floor
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For more than a century, an original edition of the Magna Carta lay forgotten in a Victorian-era scrapbook in the archives of the British coastal town of Sandwich.
Papers used by Alan Turing’s cryptologists for their World War II-era work breaking the “Enigma” code have been found being used to line the roof of a drafty hut at Britain’s Bletchley Park.
The elite WWII commando unit nicknamed the “Devil’s Brigade” has received the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor.
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