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July 21, 2016

By Lily Rothman

Not long after this email arrives in your inbox, Donald Trump will take the stage in Cleveland to formally accept the Republican Party nomination for president. The candidate has a history of off-the-cuff remarks, so we can’t predict what he’ll say—but insiders have hinted that one place to search for clues is Richard Nixon’s 1968 convention address.

In light of that, we took a look back at what the popular, pre-Watergate Nixon said 48 years ago. The links between Nixon and the candidate who wants to “make America great again” are plentiful. “America is a great nation,” Nixon said. “And it is time we started to act like a great nation around the world.”

That’s just one part of TIME History’s convention coverage: this week, we also looked at the text of the first-ever Republican platform, the role Ohio played in the party’s founding, what happened last time the RNC met in Cleveland, how candidates have accepted the nomination in the past—and lots more.

Stay tuned next week for coverage of the Democratic side of things.

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

Who Was Saul Alinsky?

The late activist is back in the headlines thanks to Ben Carson

A Problem With Rep. Steve King's Take on History

A historian explains why the idea of "Western civilization" is more complicated than it seems

The U.S. Rowers Who Beat the Nazis in the 1936 Olympics

They won a gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, which had been intended as a propaganda tool for Adolf Hitler

A Short History of Modern Turkey’s Military Coups

The military overthrew the government three times in three decades

Unpublished Photos From the 1968 Democratic Convention

The many images of the convention that LIFE Magazine published were just a fraction of those captured that week


Jan. 16, 1989

“Trump Is the Name”

“At 6 ft. 2 in., real estate tycoon Donald J. (for John) Trump does not really loom colossus-high above the horizon of New York and New Jersey. He has created no great work of art or ideas, and even as a maker or possessor of money he does not rank among the top ten, or even 50. Yet at 42 he has seized a large fistful of that contemporary coin known as celebrity. There has been artfully hyped talk about his having political ambitions, worrying about nuclear proliferation, even someday running for President.” (Jan. 16, 1989)

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July 18, 1969

This Week in 1969: Man on the Moon

“Man's eternal quest for the new and the unknown has led him to the highest mountains and the deepest ocean trenches, the most impenetrable jungles and the most forbidding deserts. This week it promises to lead him across the vacuum of space to another world. At Cape Kennedy, a 363-ft. moon rocket stood ready to launch three American astronauts on man's first attempt to set foot on the surface of another celestial body. If the bold attempt is successful, the journey will be remembered as long as the human race endures. It will open a new age of exploration, one that may ultimately reach to the outer limits of the solar system and even to the stars beyond.” (July 18, 1969)

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July 20, 1981

35 Years Ago: Sandra Day O’Connor

“Ronald Reagan lived up to a campaign pledge last week, and the nation cheered. At a hastily arranged television appearance in the White House press room, the President referred to his promise as a candidate that he would name a woman to the Supreme Court, explaining: 'That is not to say I would appoint a woman merely to do so. That would not be fair to women, nor to future generations of all Americans whose lives are so deeply affected by decisions of the court. Rather, I pledged to appoint a woman who meets the very high standards I demand of all court appointees.’” (July 20, 1981)

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Cat Spat At Atlas Obscura, Natalie Zarrelli looks at an odd reason that was often given for early 20th century divorces: cats.

Joe Smith for President The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Frank tells the tale of the 1956 Republican Convention, by all accounts a spectacularly boring event—until one delegate through a wrench in the works with a vote for a nonexistent candidate.

Mapping Change At Vox, Andrew Prokop maps about 150 years of the Republican Party, tracing the party’s changing priorities alongside shifts in demographics, economics and election results.

Back to Life How do you live when you’re supposed to be dead? At the BBC, Jennifer Meierhans explains what happened to the World War I soldiers who were mistakenly declared killed in action.

Texas Tragedies After JFK’s assassination, Dallas was labeled by many as a “city of hate.” Not so today, in the wake of the killing of five police officers there. The New York Times illuminates the evolution of the city through the lens of its response to tragedy.

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