On this day in 2011, President Obama acknowledged the end of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, therefore allowing gay and lesbian service members to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces.
Wikimedia Commons image On this day in 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat publicly shook hands at the White House after signing a historic peace agreement via efforts by the Clinton Administration. … Continue reading
“We go to the Moon, and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” –John F. Kennedy, speaking at Rice University, September 12, 1962.
Here are future President & First Lady on Acapulco honeymoon–60th anniversary today: #JFKL pic.twitter.com/25UvPSykLf — Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) September 12, 2013
On this day in 1998, President Clinton met with Senate democrats and members of his Cabinet to ask forgiveness for his actions in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. James Lee Witt, chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, described the meeting … Continue reading
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s Superman! In the book "Superman: The Unauthorized Biography," author Glen Weldon of NPR chronicles 75 years of the Man of Steel, from his changing costume to his "truth, justice and the American way" mantra. Weldon joins Christina Bellantoni to discuss the evolution of the iconic superhero. Continue reading
Diana Nyad has made history as the first person to swim the 110-mile Florida Strait. This was Nyad’s fifth attempt at the feat, and it took her 53 hours to complete. "I wanted this swim, this endeavor not to just be the athletic record," Nyad, 64, said, "I wanted it to be a lesson for my life that says, be fully engaged." Continue reading
Fifty years ago, 23-year-old John Lewis raised his voice to a crowd of more than 200,000 people at a protest march that would come to represent "the best of America." Gwen Ifill talks to the congressman about what motivated him to become a young civil rights leader and the current state of civil rights and equality in America. Continue reading
Polls regularly find that Americans are unhappy with what’s being done (or not done) in Washington. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Beverly Gage of Yale University, former Senate historian Richard Baker and Richard Norton Smith of George Mason University to get some historical perspective on shifts in America’s political parties. Continue reading
Under the direction and mentorship of Serge Diaghilev, the visual artists, composers and choreographers that worked with the Ballets Russes transformed ballet into an avant-garde art form, breaking with tradition and looking for something new, something that reflected the modernity of the 20th century.