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  • American History Magazine

    American History Almanac- February 2007

    There’s No Place Like Air and Space While Dorothy’s ruby slippers may not have taken flight, they certainly did transport a young girl from Kansas to a faraway place called Oz and will be on display at the National Air and Space Museum...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Almanac- April 2007

    CSI: Mount Vernon The nation’s oldest house museum has been propelled into the 21st century with a new experiential visitor center and museum. The Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center opened last...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Almanac- June 2007

    Food Fight A spirited debate over the origins of the humble hamburger recently made national headlines. Texas state Rep. Betty Brown proposed a resolution naming Athens, Texas, the birthplace of the hamburger. But 89-year-old Ken Lassen...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Almanac- August 2007

    Slavery Still Haunts Legislatures, Universities, Politicians—and Descendants Slavery, that “peculiar institution” of old, continues to make headlines in 2007. As lawmakers in a number of statehouses introduced largely symbolic...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Headlines- October 2007

    Lincoln Artifacts Found The National Archives announced in June the discovery of a handwritten note from President Abraham Lincoln to U.S. General Henry Halleck. Dated July 7, 1863—just after the Union victories at Gettysburg and...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Headlines- December 2007

    Gettysburg Cyclorama Comes Back to Life Out of public view since 2005, Gettysburg’s famed cyclorama painting, The Battle of Gettysburg, has been restored to its former full-color glory. The first of 14 panels, measuring 26 feet wide by...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- February 2007

    A Haunting Secret Revealed Somehow Elfriede Rinkel kept her dark secret for more than 40 years. The truth revealed, the U.S. government has sent her back home. Rinkel was a dog handler at the women-only Ravensbrück concentration camp...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- March 2007

    Rashomon Atop Mount Suribachi Sometimes history really is in the eye of the beholder. A new look at Leatherneck photographer Louis Lowery’s series of images from the first flag raising on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi suggests that John...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- April 2007

    Lingering Threat From a Toxic U-Boat More than 62 years after its violent demise off the coast of Norway, the German submarine U-864 has become a menace once again. Because of its cargo— 1,857 now-rusting canisters holding about 65 tons...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- May 2007

    Anne Frank and Family Denied Visas by U.S. The desperation with which Anne Frank’s father tried to get his family out of the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II and the frustration he endured in trying to secure a U.S. visa are...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- June 2007

    War Criminals Spied for the U.S. Newly declassified documents reveal that the Central Intelligence Agency recruited suspected Japanese war criminals to spy for the U.S. after World War II—and got bilked in the process. Evidence uncovered...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- August 2007

    Japanese Prime Minister Sparks a New Uproar Over Apology to Wartime “Comfort Women” Under pressure from the U.S. Congress and members of Japan’s opposition party, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe recently offered an apology to the...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- September 2007

    An Ugly Fight Erupts Over Soviet War Memorials in Eastern Europe Riots broke out in the Estonian capital of Tallinn recently when the government announced plans to move a monument honoring Red Army soldiers who died there in World War II....

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- October 2007

    The Last of the First Flag Raisers on Iwo Jima Two flags were raised over Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945. The second, raised by six men that afternoon, has become part of one of the iconic images of World War II. The...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- November 2007

    Secret Recordings Reveal Hitler’s Generals Knew of the Holocaust For decades after World War II, the German army seemed to get a pass on the Holocaust. At Nuremberg, high-ranking generals insisted they never knew what was happening in...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- December 2007

    The Kiss that Wasn’t Just a Kiss: Half of a Famous Pair Identified at Last Glenn McDuffie may just be the most famous kisser in the world. Forensic tests recently confirmed that the eighty-year-old navy veteran from Houston, Texas, is...