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September 13, 2018

By Lily Rothman

This past weekend’s Miss America competition marked two milestones: the first year the competition took place without a swimsuit round, and the 50th anniversary of a famous feminist protest that rocked the event in 1968 and helped introduce bra-burning to the popular imagination.

TIME’s Olivia B. Waxman spoke to six women were who involved in the planning and execution of the demonstration (which didn’t actually include bra burning). You can click here to read all about their hopes and fears for the protest, and the lessons they think it still holds today.

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

How a Forgotten Rivalry Helped Shape the Middle East

Oil and the vast profits that it generated influenced almost everything that happened after 1947 in this story

The Costs of Human Spaceflight Are High. The Benefits Are Too

The experience of 60 years should be sufficient to demonstrate the payoffs from spending public funds to send humans into space

Bob Woodward's New Book Fear Takes on Trump

Woodward, a Pulitzer-winning journalist, knows a little something about reporting on an unusual White House. Here's what to know about that history

An Anonymous Official Claims Insiders Are 'Thwarting' Trump

One moment from Nixon's time offers insight into what it might look like for staffers to manage a President's potential volatility

What the History of AC Tells Us About Tackling Climate Change

Air conditioning across the U.S. brought an industrial boom—at a cost to the environment


Sept. 13, 1937

Today in 1937: Tennis at Forest Hills

“As predictable as the sun whose course it follows around the world, international tennis is a grand tour with Christmas in Melbourne, May at the French championships in Auteuil, June in the heroic blaze of Wimbledon. Last week international tennis and the small bronzed band of young men & women who play it best made the last stop on the circuit. The place was the stadium of the West Side Tennis Club in the otherwise undistinguished New York suburb of Forest Hills, the event the U. S. Singles Championships for men & women." (Sept. 13, 1937)

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Sept. 14, 1959

This Week in 1959: Public Education

“Autumn after autumn, the dream has persisted, in alleys and wood lots, mansions and tenements: every American could rise by education. Ben Franklin nourished it with self-improvement primers. Jefferson gave it philosophical reasons. An unlettered people scrambled for skill and knowledge. ‘Your government will never be able to restrain a distressed and discontented majority,' warned Britain's Lord Macaulay. ‘This opinion,’ retorted President-to-be James Garfield, ‘leaves out the great counterbalancing force of universal education.' The focus of a European town remained the cathedral; the focus of an American town became the high school. By the 20th century, quipped Britain's Historian Denis Brogan. U.S. public education was a ‘formally unestablished national church.'” (Sept. 14, 1959)

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Sept. 13, 1954

Today in 1954: Publisher Alicia Patterson

“The Chicago Tribune's Robert Rutherford (‘Bert’) McCormick called her ‘the ablest woman publisher this country has ever had.’ She won the Pulitzer Prize for stories that sent a racketeering labor leader to jail and helped to force a Republican national committeeman's resignation. She thinks the New York Times is the greatest paper in the world, but resents ‘trying to find a good murder buried on page 47.’ She is Alicia Patterson, 47, editor and publisher of Long Island's tabloid Newsday (circ. 209,677), the fastest-growing and the most profitable big daily paper started in the U.S. in the last 20 years.” (Sept. 13, 1954)

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Weather Alert With Hurricane Florence on the way, Sloane Heffernan at WRAL talks to hurricane historian Jay Barnes about which storms might serve as comparison points for this one.

Hard Science In light of Jocelyn Bell Burnell winning won a Breakthrough Prize in physics, Sarah Kaplan and Antonia Noori Farzan look back at why, when her work won the Nobel Prize in 1974, she wasn’t recognized for her contributions.

How to Remember the Alamo For Texas Monthly, Carlos Sanchez has a look at a debate over how the state’s schools should teach students about what happened at the Alamo: was it a “heroic” last stand?

Schoolgirls The City of Boston’s archives and records department dug up the story of what happened when the government launched a high school for girls in the 1820s—and why it closed after only two years.

“The Brutal Details” Maurice Berger at the New York Times Lens photo blog examines Gordon Parks’ work documenting poverty for LIFE magazine in the 1960s.

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