"White smoke was still billowing from the makeshift Sistine Chapel chimney when Pericle Cardinal Felici stepped out on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica," TIME reported the week after the big news. "After the first wisp of smoke had appeared, signifying election of a new Pope, crowds streaming toward the historic square had snarled every street in Rome west of the Tiber River. Now more than 100,000 people waited expectantly below the balcony. 'I announce to you a great joy.' Felici intoned in sonorous Latin. 'We have a Pope!' The crowd roared, then hushed to hear the name."Read More
The Beatle's childhood wasn't always easy, as TIME pointed out in one of its first articles about the band: "John Lennon, organizer of the group, never knew his father, who left home when John was three. John went through grammar school and into art college, where he married a classmate," the magazine noted in 1964. "They have a baby son. With Paul McCartney, Lennon has written most of the songs the Beatles sing—and he coined the name Beatle to suggest the steady pounding beat of the rhythms of rock."
Had Lennon lived, he would be turning 78 now.
Leif Erikson Day's history is connected to nativist backlash against immigration to the United States
"You hear women in the present saying that men should take responsibility, but men were given responsibility for millennia and they didn’t do it very well."
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The experience of 60 years should be sufficient to demonstrate the payoffs from spending public funds to send humans into space
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It's been a long journey to the design recognized around the world today
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