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A Historical Perspective  

History is the social genetic code of who we were, who we are, and ultimately, who we will become.

Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe and his men — many from the 101st Airborne Division, along with some stragglers from Pennsylvania’s 28th Infantry Division (known as “The Bloody Bucket”) and the 9th Armored “Phantom” Division — spent Christmas of 1944 in the Belgian city of Bastogne
Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe and his men — many from the 101st Airborne Division, along with some stragglers from Pennsylvania’s 28th Infantry Division (known as “The Bloody Bucket”) and the 9th Armored “Phantom” Division — spent Christmas of 1944 in the Belgian city of Bastogne
 
Tradition-minded historical scholarship is nearing extinction.
 
It was a quiet Sunday morning when the Japanese attack planes — known as “Zeros” because their wings were marked with the same solitary red circle that appears on the Japanese flag — appeared over the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor.
It was a quiet Sunday morning when the Japanese attack planes — known as “Zeros” because their wings were marked with the same solitary red circle that appears on the Japanese flag — appeared over the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor.
 
Legendary Hollywood producer Norman Lear, who was responsible for some of the most popular television shows of the 1970s, has died at the age of 101.
Legendary Hollywood producer Norman Lear, who was responsible for some of the most popular television shows of the 1970s, has died at the age of 101.
 
Former US Sen. Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina died Thursday at home in Clinton, North Carolina. A former Democrat-turned-Republican, Faircloth was a prominent figure in Tar Heel politics for more than half a century.
Former US Sen. Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina died Thursday at home in Clinton, North Carolina. A former Democrat-turned-Republican, Faircloth was a prominent figure in Tar Heel politics for more than half a century.
 
Retired Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor passed away on Friday morning. She was 93 years old.
Retired Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O’Connor passed away on Friday morning. She was 93 years old.
 
Former U.S. diplomat Henry Kissinger died at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut on Wednesday, his consulting firm announced without providing a cause.
Former U.S. diplomat Henry Kissinger died at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut on Wednesday, his consulting firm announced without providing a cause.
 
An American paratrooper — who once famously delivered beer to a wounded soldier in his helmet — died on Wednesday at the age of 98.
An American paratrooper — who once famously delivered beer to a wounded soldier in his helmet — died on Wednesday at the age of 98.
 
On November 22, 1963, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite interrupted a soap opera — first to broadcast the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot, and then a second time to share the devastating news that Kennedy had been killed.
On November 22, 1963, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite interrupted a soap opera — first to broadcast the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot, and then a second time to share the devastating news that Kennedy had been killed.
 
As a youth growing up in a United States of America that understood the pain of sacrifice, the remembrance of Pearl Harbor was an annual event.
As a youth growing up in a United States of America that understood the pain of sacrifice, the remembrance of Pearl Harbor was an annual event.
 
A British museum has decided that an infamous Roman emperor was transgender, and will refer to him using female pronouns in the name of sensitivity.
A British museum has decided that an infamous Roman emperor was transgender, and will refer to him using female pronouns in the name of sensitivity.
 
A pet peeve of mine has long been how poorly we treat history in our school system, and, subsequently, the periodicals that represent who we are.
A pet peeve of mine has long been how poorly we treat history in our school system, and, subsequently, the periodicals that represent who we are.
 
A Tennessean who conducted a daring helicopter rescue during the Vietnam War will be awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, more than 50 years after his heroic actions.
A Tennessean who conducted a daring helicopter rescue during the Vietnam War will be awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, more than 50 years after his heroic actions.
 
In celebration of the United States of America’s Independence Day, Carolina Journal offers the text of the Declaration of Independence.
In celebration of the United States of America’s Independence Day, Carolina Journal offers the text of the Declaration of Independence.
 
A longtime trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has had nearly $70 million in looted artifacts seized in the past two years, though investigators haven’t suggested she, or her late husband, knowingly acquired them with that information.
A longtime trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has had nearly $70 million in looted artifacts seized in the past two years, though investigators haven’t suggested she, or her late husband, knowingly acquired them with that information.
 
A man recently made the discovery of a lifetime when he unearthed a massive cache of rare Civil War-era coins — the majority of them gold — on his Kentucky farm earlier this year.
A man recently made the discovery of a lifetime when he unearthed a massive cache of rare Civil War-era coins — the majority of them gold — on his Kentucky farm earlier this year.
 
The North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) in conjunction with other organizations dedicated to the state’s rich history, recently unveiled the Moonshine and Motorsports Trail in order to highlight the history of bootlegging and stock car racing in the Tar Heel State.
The North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) in conjunction with other organizations dedicated to the state’s rich history, recently unveiled the Moonshine and Motorsports Trail in order to highlight the history of bootlegging and stock car racing in the Tar Heel State.
 
The last battle of the American Revolution wasn’t the Battle of Yorktown, as is often taught, but a battle across the globe in India, some historians say.
The last battle of the American Revolution wasn’t the Battle of Yorktown, as is often taught, but a battle across the globe in India, some historians say.
 
A Greek shipwreck hunter has located a British Royal Navy Submarine that sank during a mission 80 years ago, Athens News Agency (ANA) reported on Wednesday.
A Greek shipwreck hunter has located a British Royal Navy Submarine that sank during a mission 80 years ago, Athens News Agency (ANA) reported on Wednesday.
 
A well-preserved shipwreck dating back to roughly 1200 BC will be pulled from the sea in sections next month to further study the techniques used to build the vessel, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) recently announced.
A well-preserved shipwreck dating back to roughly 1200 BC will be pulled from the sea in sections next month to further study the techniques used to build the vessel, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) recently announced.
 
A bunker once used for experiments on humans by Japanese scientists has been partially unearthed in China, according to a report from LiveScience.
A bunker once used for experiments on humans by Japanese scientists has been partially unearthed in China, according to a report from LiveScience.
 
A new short film just released to the public depicts a particularly dark part of North Carolina’s extraordinary history. In 1898, the only successful coup d’état in American history took place in the Tar Heel state.
A new short film just released to the public depicts a particularly dark part of North Carolina’s extraordinary history. In 1898, the only successful coup d’état in American history took place in the Tar Heel state.
 
One of Australia’s biggest maritime mysteries has been solved with the discovery of a ship that sank 50 years ago, sending its crew on a harrowing journey of survival.
One of Australia’s biggest maritime mysteries has been solved with the discovery of a ship that sank 50 years ago, sending its crew on a harrowing journey of survival.
 
The following interview transcript is taken from our special Memorial Day edition of Morning Wire.
 
Because of my father, my family spends part of every Memorial Day at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Because of my father, my family spends part of every Memorial Day at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
 
Former President Donald Trump said he would release still-secret documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy if re-elected to the White House.
Former President Donald Trump said he would release still-secret documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy if re-elected to the White House.
 
Two ships that disappeared over a hundred years ago in Lake Superior have been discovered, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) announced last week.
Two ships that disappeared over a hundred years ago in Lake Superior have been discovered, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society (GLSHS) announced last week.
 
The tomb of a temple guard has been unearthed at one of the most important burial sites in ancient Egypt, and archeologists believe it is more than 3,000 years old, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced Wednesday.
The tomb of a temple guard has been unearthed at one of the most important burial sites in ancient Egypt, and archeologists believe it is more than 3,000 years old, Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced Wednesday.
 
Archeologists have discovered the remains of a 19th-century quarantine hospital and cemetery at a submerged island at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida, the National Park Service (NPS) announced in a press release last week.
Archeologists have discovered the remains of a 19th-century quarantine hospital and cemetery at a submerged island at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida, the National Park Service (NPS) announced in a press release last week.
 
The English king who was limned as one of the most villainous personages in all of history is getting another look after a 17th-century history was found.
The English king who was limned as one of the most villainous personages in all of history is getting another look after a 17th-century history was found.
 
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