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October 12, 2017

By Lily Rothman

Here at TIME history, one of the first things we do when news breaks is look back at our own archives to see whether there’s a story from the past that can shed light on the present. That’s what happened yesterday when the Boy Scouts of America announced they’d be allowing girls to join as Cub Scouts — and, lucky for us, there was a 1991 story with a brief mention of a third-grade girl in Florida who’d been trying to join the Cub Scouts.

Now, more than 25 years later, I spoke to her about what it felt like to be barred from the group and how she feels about the policy change. “It’s nice to see them making steps and progressing in a good direction," she told me, noting that Cub Scout dens will still be single-gender, "but it’s still not the same as what I was fighting for.”

You can click here to read more about her experience, and here’s more of the history that made news this week:

Why We Say a Person 'Came Out of the Closet'

National Coming Out Day is Oct. 11

The Forgotten Female Pioneers of Cybersecurity

"Their names should be enshrined on government buildings, yet few, in fact, are known. Not coincidentally, a number of them were women"

Read TIME’s Original Report on the Death of Che Guevara

"It seems," read one entry in the journal found in the guerrilla icon's belongings, "that this is reaching the end"

7 Moments That Made the President the 'Comforter-in-Chief'

From George Washington to Donald Trump

50 Years Ago This Week: The New American Art

Also in this issue: Hippies and abortions


Oct. 12, 1998

Today in 1998: Inside Hospital Walls

“A hospital may be the most fascinating place we never want to visit. We know there are triumphs here: fingers reattached, lungs replaced and babies born, small enough to bathe in a big teacup, who would have had no chance 10 years ago but who now go home and grow up. Maybe they will become doctors too. But it is also a war zone, and if you are not fighting the enemy or loading the weapons or plotting the next campaign, you can hardly understand what a brave, brutal, mysterious place this really is.” (Oct. 12, 1998)

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Oct. 12, 1962

Today in 1962: The World of Advertising

“Americans are seeing more advertisements now—an average of 1,600 per person per day—and whether they are enjoying them less is a matter of argument. But the inescapable fact is that the pleas and promises of Madison Avenue dance before the eyes of the ordinary American whenever he reads, rides, watches television, strolls down the street or strikes a match. The $12 billion that U.S. business will spend on advertising this year exceeds the gross national products of Austria and Norway combined." (Oct. 12, 1962)

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Oct. 13, 1997

20 Years Ago This Week: Buddhism on Trend

“America flirted with Buddhism in the 1950s and again in the '70s; vestiges of those dalliances still waft, pleasant yet amorphous, through the pop atmosphere. Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson applies Zen to the art of Michael maintenance, and Tina Turner and Herbie Hancock chant Buddhist mantras. Terms such as Nirvana and koan are in common usage, if seldom understood. And now crests the Tibetan wave, building roughly since the Dalai Lama's 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.” (Oct. 13, 1997)

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Historian’s Historian At The Nation, David Marcus finds meaning in a new biography of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

Reading Material The BBC’s Hephzibah Anderson covers the release of a new guide to great writers whose work has been largely “forgotten by history.”

Drinking Songs Wayne Curtis at the Daily Beast looks back at the dark (and often liquor-soaked) history of nursery rhymes.

She Said Think your favorite quotation is from Gloria Steinem? Think again, says Slate’s Ruth Graham, who explains how the Internet became riddled with fake quotations from the feminist pioneer.

In-fighting In light of the ongoing dispute between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, Zack C. Smith writes for the Washington Post about what happens when presidents do battle with politicians in their own parties.

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