Plus: Martin Luther King and surrogacy |

January 18, 2018

By Lily Rothman

If you’re interested in World War II history, you’ve probably seen at least one of the photographs: Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and French leaders Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud, seated side-by-side during their crucial conference in Casablanca. For the 75th anniversary of that conference, historian Meredith Hindley offers a look behind the scenes at how the four leaders got there — and the tensions lurking under their smiles in those photographs.

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

The Story Behind This Shocking Photo of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. has come to represent peace — which is just one reason this picture of him being attacked in Chicago is so shocking

The Real Tragedy Behind Dolores O'Riordan's Biggest Hit

The late Cranberries singer was inspired to write her band's biggest hit after learning about a 1993 bombing that killed two children

Here’s How One Family Prepared for Nuclear War in 1954

Rare photos from LIFE's archives—never published in the magazine—offer a window into one family's preparations for a nuclear attack

Why Taping White House Meetings Is a Controversial Idea

Amid backlash to his remarks on immigration, Trump has again suggested taping White House meetings

The Complicated History of Surrogacy

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have announced that their third child was born via surrogate. They are the latest celebrity couple to raise awareness about this method of having a child


Jan. 18, 1999

Today in 1999: Ready for Y2K

“The party crowd pounding back beers in Times Square, the doomsayers bunched in armored yurts, all of them will greet the millennium at the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31. But by more careful calculations, the millennium began a few years ago. A large part of the misunderstanding stems from Dionysius Exiguus—Latin for "Dennis the Short"—a 6th century monk who should be thought of as the original millennium bug. Dennis laid down the basis for the calendars we use today by figuring how far in the past Christ's birth was. As it turns out, he was off by several years. Historians now place the Nativity no later than 4 B.C., the year King Herod died. By that reckoning, the 3rd millennium would have commenced no later than 1997. You missed it. All the same, the year just getting under way will bring 12 months of millennial thinking, hoping and, in many circles, worrying.” (Jan. 18, 1999)

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Jan. 18, 1982

This Week in 1982: Video Games

“Of the hundreds of video games introduced each year, most flop utterly, as if their screens and chips gave out algebra rays or tax-audit emanations. A few do moderately well. And once every year or so a new game jumps into the public's lap and licks its face, and proves so endearing that money in unbelievable abundance falls on the heads of its fortunate makers. It is very hard to predict which game will be a lap jumper. Robert Mullane, president of Bally admits that he was not impressed with his first view of Pac Man, the company's most successful game. ‘Who plays a maze game?’ he remembers thinking." (Jan. 18, 1982)

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Jan. 19, 1968

50 Years Ago: Conductor Zubin Mehta

“The conductor's profession today bears as little resemblance to what it was 50 years ago as does the life of an astronaut to a World War I pilot's. Even within the present generation, the changes in the music world would dumfound a Toscanini. Orchestras have grown up, spawned offshoots and multiplied; there are 1,400 in the U.S. today, from small-town groups of amateur noodlers to massive metropolitan institutions. Festivals have flowered in tropical profusion. Recordings and TV have created vast new outlets. The jet airplane has catapulted careers into global orbit.” (Jan. 12, 1953)

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Half a century To get the year started, Jacey Fortin and Maggie Astor at the New York Times have this interactive overview of 1968 that will get you primed for all the anniversary coverage you’re sure to see in 2018.

Popular opinion At Politico, Joshua Zeitz looks at how historians have viewed populist movements America—and why the Trump era is changing some opinions.

Food for thought For NPR, Maria Goody tells the story of Georgia Gilmore, an Alabama cook whose work behind the scenes kept activists fed at the height of the civil-rights movement.

Rats! Hundreds of years after the Black Death swept Europe, scientists are still trying to figure out how it happened—and Ben Guarino at the Washington Post reports that a new study is taking issue with the most popular theory.

Getting it right For MLK Day, Slate’s Rebecca Onion had a nice analysis of a new book on misconceptions about civil rights history by Jeanne Theoharis, who also wrote about one of those errors for

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