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June 14, 2018

By Lily Rothman

This week provided lots of opportunities to do one of our favorite things here at TIME History: look at something going on in America’s halls of power and figure out the story behind how it could happen in the first place.

Late last week, when President Trump exercised his power to pardon, we looked at what the Founding Fathers were hoping to accomplish by giving presidents that ability. When reports emerged that his aides were taping up documents that he tore up after reading, we looked at how Richard Nixon’s actions changed the laws that govern presidential records. When the threat of a congressional maneuver known as a discharge petition helped spur the House to act on immigration, we looked at why lawmakers in the early 20th century gave themselves a legislative escape valve of sorts. And that’s just a sampling; there's more at

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

Town Hosting Queen and Meghan Markle Has a Troubled Past

Widnes, the birthplace of Britain’s chemical industry, is far removed from the affluence and pomp of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

Why Flag Day Is a Reminder That Patriotism Can Be Complicated

Flag Day 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision about whether patriotic gestures could be mandatory

The Tragic Story of What Happened to Women After D-Day

Allied troops and the resistance swept across France liberating towns and villages, and unleashing a flood of collective euphoria, relief and hope. And then the punishments began

Here's Why There Are So Many U.S. Troops in South Korea

The U.S. has only agreed to suspend military exercises with South Korea once before

This Is What It Was Like to Be a Teenager in the Middle Ages

When does a boy become a man? Medieval "millennials" were just as hard to define as those of today


June 14, 2010

Today in 2010: World Cup Fever

“How did the World Cup become the species' favorite pastime? Why do more people spend more time watching or playing soccer than they do engaging in any other social activity, with the possible exception of eating and drinking? Why are those who play it best venerated for their skill and adopted as warriors, or armies, in tribal causes—be they national or local? Here's one reason: the game is just so accessible.” (June 14, 2010)

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June 14, 2004

Today in 2004: Remembering Reagan

“Hope is an infectious disease, and Reagan was a carrier. The country he courted and finally won over in 1980 was a dispirited place, humiliated abroad, uncertain at home, with a hunger for heroes but little faith that they could make any difference. But you can, he told us. I am not the hero, you are. 'Let us renew our faith and our hope,' he declared in his first Inaugural Address. 'We have every right to dream heroic dreams.' And he would serve as Dreamer in Chief." (June 14, 2004)

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June 14, 1948

70 Years Ago Today: Bull Market

“It was getting so a regular customer couldn't be sure of a place to sit; eager-eyed newcomers were beginning to crowd the nation's 4,200-plus brokerage offices. The public was not doing much buying yet—it was still a professional's market—but moving ticker tape was once again a sight to see, and dreams of quick killings were again dreams to dream. Wall Street was nursing a baby bull, and a lot of cow-eyed mother love was suddenly loose in the land." (June 14, 1948)

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Boom Town CNN’s Jacopo Prisco highlights an exhibition at the National Building Museum that looks at the communities built to house the workers who made America’s first atomic weapons.

Eat Up Manisha Claire gives the JSTOR Daily treatment to studies that look at which foods were considered feminine and masculine in the mid-20th century. As it turns out, at a time when “salad” was often Jell-O based, the vegetable concoctions we eat today were considered particularly manly.

Slow Burn As wildfires spread in Colorado, Grace Hood at NPR takes a look at what the forest’s history can teach those fighting fires.

In the Field This week, the American Historical Association sent a letter to the College Board protesting a recent change to the AP World History curriculum, which would limit the subject matter to history taking place after the year 1450. You can read the full letter here.

No Excuses Another fascinating look inside the world of professional historians comes from The Chronicle of Higher Education, where Nell Gluckman writes about a new online database designed to make it easy for conference-planners and syllabus-writers to find female historians to include.

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