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March 14, 2019

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By Lily Rothman

As the world marks Albert Einstein’s March 14 birthday—also known as Pi Day—it seems a fitting moment to look deeper at one of the more fascinating questions about the great scientist’s life and work. Does his first wife, Mileva Einstein-Maric, deserve more credit?

In this excerpt from their new book about her, scholars Allen Esterson and David C. Cassidy argue we should be asking a different question. To focus on her work exclusively in relation to his is to overlook her role in the history of women in science, they write. Click here to learn more about her fascinating life and the debate over her legacy.

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

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Sailor Killed During Pearl Harbor Attack Identified 77 Years Later

Navy Fireman 3rd Class Willard Lawson was accounted for on Aug. 27, 2018

The Full Pocahontas Story Is Rarely Told. Here's What We Miss

"Far from being a side note to the story of American history, she was in fact the hero of the tale"

Hitler's Attempt to Protect His Country With a Wall

What the diary of a German against the Third Reich can teach us about the Atlantic Wall

When an Irish-American Army Invaded Canada

The self-proclaimed Irish Republican Army attacked Canada not just once, but five times between 1866 and 1871

The Unsung Suffragist Who Fought for Women's Names

"I am more and more rejoiced that you have declared, by actual doing, that a woman has a name," Susan B. Anthony once wrote of Lucy Stone, "and may retain it throughout her life."

FROM THE TIME VAULT

Mar. 14, 1960

Today in 1960: Ingmar Bergman

“A demon is haunting the movie world. It looks, as many have remarked, like a brilliantly personable werewolf. The figure is tall, bony and shambling. The green eyes burn with strange intensity in a high, narrow skull. The teeth are long and peculiarly pointed. The smile is a little twisted, evoking for the nightmare-prone the grimace of a hanged man. The demon is in effect an immensely creative spirit which has seized for its habitation the son of a Swedish parson, and for its instrument the motion-picture camera. In 16 years of labor this spirit has driven Sweden's Ernst Ingmar Bergman to produce an enormous canon of cinema.” (March 14, 1960)

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Mar. 14, 2011

Today in 2011: America’s Future

“I am an American, not by accident of birth but by choice. I voted with my feet and became an American because I love this country and think it is exceptional. But when I look at the world today and the strong winds of technological change and global competition, it makes me nervous. Perhaps most unsettling is the fact that while these forces gather strength, Americans seem unable to grasp the magnitude of the challenges that face us. Despite the hyped talk of China's rise, most Americans operate on the assumption that the U.S. is still No. 1. But is it?” (March 14, 2011)

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Mar. 15, 1971

This Week in 1971: Suburban Myths

“In pursuit of the suburban dream, Americans have precipitated one of the largest mass movements in history: during the past decade, the population of suburbia has grown by more than 15 million. According to the preliminary 1970 census reports, there are now 74.9 million people classified as suburbanites, a 25% increase over 1960. This surge has made suburbanites the largest group in the land, outnumbering both city dwellers and those who live in rural areas. So many Americans have already achieved the suburban goal that suburbia itself has undergone a mutation.” (March 8, 1948)

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM AROUND THE WEB

Biker Gang Jake Offenhartz at Gothamist takes a look at a museum exhibit about the history of cycling in New York City, with the help of lots of photos.

Past Lives NPR’s Maureen Foertsch McKinney has the story on a bill that just passed the Illinois House, which would require school textbooks to acknowledge LGBTQ history.

Lesson Plans Speaking of schools: P.R. Lockhart at Vox looks at a tough but critical question facing American educators. How exactly should students learn about slavery?

Look Closely A fascinating 1953 photograph of four jazz legends gets the deep-dive treatment from Peter Facini at the New York Times.

Eureka Moment Smithsonian has your Women’s History Month listening covered, with a podcast series about women whose inventions and discoveries changed history.

 
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