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January 12, 2017

By Lily Rothman

Back in December, when we marked the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I was proud to share a project that I’d been working on with the team at LIFE VR, Time Inc.’s virtual-reality initiative: an experience, built in partnership with HTC and AMD, that brought users back to 1941 through the eyes of one of the oldest living survivors of that day of infamy.

Now, I’m excited to say we have a new way to see this experience. A 360-degree trailer version of the project is available in our free LIFE VR app, which means that pretty much anyone can download it to watch on a smartphone.

You can click here to find out more about how to watch.

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

Jared Kushner Isn't the First Powerful Presidential Son-in-Law

There was much ado about William G. McAdoo—Woodrow Wilson's son-in-law—who shaped the Federal Reserve and helped finance World War I

Journalist Who Broke the News of World War II Dies at 105

During her first journalism job, for the Daily Telegraph, Clare Hollingworth achieved the "scoop of a century"

A Brief History of Memorable Presidential Farewells

The story of America can be told through these messages

Why the Senate Gets to Weigh in on Cabinet Picks

The framers of the Constitution disagreed about who should make cabinet appointments, so they split the difference

Inside the Real Research Lab From Hidden Figures

Langley was a hub of aviation innovation


Feb. 18, 1957

Martin Luther King’s First TIME Cover

Across the South—in Atlanta, Mobile, Birmingham, Tallahassee, Miami, New Orleans—Negro leaders look toward Montgomery, Ala., the cradle of the Confederacy, for advice and counsel on how to gain the desegregation that the U.S. Supreme Court has guaranteed them. The man whose word they seek is not a judge, or a lawyer, or a political strategist or a flaming orator. He is a scholarly, 28-year-old Negro Baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who in little more than a year has risen from nowhere to become one of the nation's remarkable leaders of men.” (Feb. 18, 1957)

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Jan. 12, 1976

Today in 1976: Soap Operas

“One of the ironies of the soaps' success is that nobody who works during the day can see them. What has become a persistent threnody in American life is shaped by housebound women, students, hippies and the unemployed. This ghettoization of the soaps has kept them freer of the kind of systematic analysis frequently made of sources of popular culture like comic strips and rock music. But now, after more than 40 years of near invisibility, soaps are gaining academic attention.” (Jan. 12, 1976)

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Jan. 12, 1998

Today in 1998: Seinfeld Out

“The decision, when it finally came, was based on one of those peculiar divinations that Seinfeld thrives on. ‘I felt ... the Moment. That's the only way I can describe it,’ Seinfeld explains in the tone of voice the TV Jerry might use to delineate a date's faux pas. ‘I just know from being onstage for years and years and years, there's one moment where you have to feel the audience is still having a great time, and if you get off right there, they walk out of the theater excited. And yet, if you wait a little bit longer and try to give them more for their money, they walk out feeling not as good. If I get off now I have a chance at a standing ovation. That's what you go for.’" (Jan. 12, 1998)

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One Last Time John Avlon, author of a new book about George Washington’s farewell address, explains for CNN what you need to know about that most famous presidential good-bye.

Letter From the Past As Sen. Jeff Sessions faces confirmation hearings for the position of Attorney General, Wesley Lowery at the Washington Post resurfaces a letter Coretta Scott King wrote about Sessions in 1986.

New Monuments At the Guardian, Helen Pidd has the news of which important women in British history are being celebrated with new statues.

Yum? The link between food rationing during World War I and the changing American diet is explored by Lauren Young at Atlas Obscura.

Inauguration Day On the latest episode of Slate’s Whistlestop history podcast, John Dickerson revisits the inauguration of Andrew Jackson.

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