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July 28, 2016

By Lily Rothman

No matter what you think of Hillary Clinton’s politics, her becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major political party is something that anyone interested in history should appreciate. After all, it's not that often that you know ahead of time that that you're watching history happen.

While Clinton’s nomination is historic, however, that doesn't mean it exists in a vacuum. With that in mind, we've taken a look at some of the other women who broke glass (or, in some cases, more like cinderblock) ceilings of their own. My personal favorite: Victoria Woodhull, the woman who ran for president on behalf of the Equal Rights Party in 1872, promising the nation universal suffrage and free love.

Our other convention coverage includes a look at Bill Clinton's evolution through major addresses he’s delivered at an impressive ten consecutive DNCs, an interview with one of the men who helped change the DNC rules after the mess of 1968 and an examination of the history behind Michelle Obama's moving speech about what it's like for her to live in a house that was built by slaves (and one of the more controversial reactions to that speech).

Here’s more of the history that made news this week:

What to Know About John Hinckley Jr.

Hinckley has been granted full-time release from a mental hospital

Climb Inside Apollo 11 in Virtual Reality and 3D

Now we can all explore the cockpit in which the first lunar landing crew flew to the moon

How Hosting the Olympics Got So Expensive

By one expert's calculations, the cost of hosting the Olympics increased by up to 200,000% between 1896 and 2016

How Police Caught Jeffrey Dahmer

Inside the apartment of the "cannibal-murderer" 25 years ago

Who Invented Air Conditioning?

He saw himself as the Thomas Edison of air conditioners


Sep. 14, 1992

“The Hillary Factor”

“You might think Hillary Clinton was running for President. Granted, she is a remarkable woman. The first student commencement speaker at Wellesley, part of the first large wave of women to go to law school, a prominent partner in a major law firm, rated one of the top 100 lawyers in the country — there is no doubt that she is her husband's professional and intellectual equal. But is this reason to turn her into 'Willary Horton’ for the '92 campaign, making her an emblem of all that is wrong with family values, working mothers and modern women in general?” (Sept. 14, 1992)

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20 Years Ago: Atlanta’s Olympic Terror

“’The games will go on.' Those emphatic words were spoken by Francois Carrard, director general of the International Olympic Committee, after a homemade pipe bomb exploded in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park at 1:21 Saturday morning. His spirited announcement at 5:20 a.m. was an echo of the last time that violence devastated, but did not halt, the Olympic Games, when 11 members of the Israeli team were killed by Palestinians in Munich in 1972. But this determination not to let a terrorist act obliterate the Olympic spirit was also a stance against an unwanted future—against an awful time when terrorism might become woven into the fabric of American life.” (Aug. 5, 1996)

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July 28, 1947

Today in 1947: Hedda Hopper

“Hedda is one of the few columnists in Hollywood who has a downtown (Hollywood) office and a number listed in the phone book. The anteroom might well be that of a dentist who had fallen into a cavity and never managed to climb out. With its bare radiators, scarred doors and desks, signed photographs and careless gadgets, the whole suite resembles an oldtime theatrical booking agency.” (July 28, 1947)

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At Seneca Falls The Guardian combines news and primary-source history with a video of women and girls at Seneca Falls, N.Y., reciting the Declaration of Sentiments—the founding document of the American women’s movement.

Worst. Year. Ever. As bad news from around the world threatens to overwhelm, Slate and Rebecca Onion take the long view: well, it could be worse. Here’s a selection of historians nominating their picks for the actual worst year ever.

Wearing History After reading about some pretty depressing stuff, lighten things up with Jezebel’s gallery of decades’ worth of Queen Elizabeth’s clothes.

Coming in First The New York Times presents an interactive look at “election milestones,” from the first black man elected to a state legislature to,Clinton’s history-making nomination.

Then and Now In a meditation on the movie adaptation of Philip Roth’s Indignation, The Cut’s Katie Van Syckle looks at this question: “Has slut-shaming gotten any better since 1951?”

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