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Where to find exceptional Americaupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 07:50:00

This week, CNN is exploring American exceptionalism -- the concept that the United States is exceptional when compared to other nations and is uniquely destined to bring democracy to the world.

Obama's words at medal ceremony cause trouble with Polandupdated: Wed May 30 2012 11:38:00

The Polish prime minister on Wednesday reacted strongly to what the White House said was a mistake by President Barack Obama during a Medal of Freedom ceremony.

Technocracy to save Greece?updated: Tue May 15 2012 11:48:00

Greek president Karolos Papoulias proposes a technocratic government after coalition talks fail to produce anything.

Jewish group condemns remarks by leader of Greek far-right partyupdated: Tue May 15 2012 11:48:00

A Jewish group in Greece has condemned the leader of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party over comments he made about the Holocaust in a TV interview.

Cinco de Mayo a Mexican import? No, it's as American as July 4, prof saysupdated: Sat May 05 2012 12:39:00

Cinco de Mayo -- the unofficial U.S. holiday long believed to have been imported, with celebratory beer, from Mexico -- isn't a Mexican holiday at all but rather an American one created by Latinos in the West during the Civil War, according to new research by a California professor.

Black History Month -- Background and Resourcesupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 11:10:00

In the early 20th century, there were almost no mentions of the contributions of African-Americans in U.S. history textbooks. That is what inspired historian and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson to start "Negro History Week" in 1926. Woodson choose the month of February for this focus because it was the birth month of two leaders who fought to end slavery: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Holocaust victims database aims to restore lost identities updated: Sat Nov 26 2011 10:30:00

Alison Shein considers herself an amateur genealogist, spending hours online searching for information about family members she never knew.

Our untelevised presidentsupdated: Tue Nov 22 2011 14:42:00

On Tuesday night, it will be time to meet the candidates.

Susumu Ito: Veterans In Focusupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 13:50:00

On November 2, Lt. Susumu Ito with other members of the 442nd RCT will be honored with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Harvard professor among veterans to get Congressional Gold Medalupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 13:50:00

Out of sheer boredom, Susumu Ito, in World War II, became a forward artillery observer, one of the most dangerous jobs available.

Reassessing security after Norwayupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 09:36:00

Colleen McEdwards talks to security expert Anthony Roman about security issues surrounding the Norway terror attack.

Ancient Knights Templar name used in modern criminal crusadesupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 09:36:00

A bright red cross marked the cover of a manifesto purportedly written by the suspect in last week's terror attacks in Norway.

Historic royal visit divides cash-strapped Irishupdated: Thu May 19 2011 05:04:00

It is a state visit that many in Ireland believed would never happen. But when the UK's Queen Elizabeth II lands in Dublin on Tuesday it will mark the reconciliation between two neighboring countries that once viewed each with suspicion and hostility.

Demjanjuk war crimes conviction caps 30-year battleupdated: Thu May 12 2011 14:29:00

A German court convicted onetime Ohio auto worker John Demjanjuk on Thursday in the murder of tens of thousands of Jews at a Nazi concentration camp, capping a 30-year legal saga.

Last known WWI combat vet diesupdated: Thu May 05 2011 09:02:00

The last surviving WWI combat veteran dies at 110. Tamara Akers of Australia's Network TEN reports.

Civil War's dirty secret about slaveryupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 17:17:00

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War, a war that redefined national and regional identities and became an enduring tale of noble resistance in the South and, for the rest of the country, a mighty moral struggle to erase the stain of slavery.

The Civil War was a choiceupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 15:49:00

One-hundred-fifty years ago Tuesday, Confederate batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. Thirty-four hours later the siege ended with the surrender of the fort. Major Robert Anderson, a Kentuckian -- and the Federal commander of the fort -- reported no deaths from the bombardment.

4 ways we're still fighting the Civil Warupdated: Mon Apr 11 2011 10:20:00

He stood 5-foot-8 and weighed 145 pounds. His face was gaunt and sunburned. Ticks, fleas and lice covered his body.

Gettysburg battlefield adds propertyupdated: Sat Mar 26 2011 23:52:00

Ninety-five acres of farm land where young men in blue and gray fought and died during the epic Civil War battle is being added to Gettysburg National Military Park, federal officials said.

Obama pays respects to last U.S. World War I vetupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 15:45:00

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday to honor Frank Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I to die.

Last U.S. WWI vet's daughter urges Capitol honorupdated: Sun Mar 06 2011 14:00:00

The last American veteran of World War I to die should lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol, his daughter said after lawmakers appeared to block the suggestion.

Last living U.S. WWI vet turns 110updated: Mon Feb 28 2011 21:33:00

America's last surviving World War I veteran celebrates his 110th birthday.

Last living U.S. World War I veteran diesupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 21:33:00

Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.

Jobs before they were presidentupdated: Wed Feb 23 2011 10:19:00

Everybody has to start somewhere. That includes all of the celebrities, billionaires, executives and CEOs of the world -- even U.S. presidents.

What's wrong with presidential rankingsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 10:38:00

Since the late 1940s, it has been an American custom for pollsters and publications to release a ranking of U.S. presidents.

License plate to honor Ku Klux Klanupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 18:17:00

A Mississippi proposal wants to honor a Ku Klux Klansmen with a specialty license plate.

Mississippi governor asked to denounce attempts to honor KKK leaderupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 18:17:00

The Mississippi NAACP has called on Governor Haley Barbour to publicly denounce an attempt by a Confederacy group to honor a Ku Klux Klan leader, the organization said Monday.

A gift for the last doughboy's 110th birthdayupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 16:55:00

Today, on the 110th birthday of Frank Buckles, it's worth pausing for a minute to reflect on the sweep of this man's remarkable life.

Central figure in 'Band of Brothers' dead at 92updated: Mon Jan 10 2011 21:22:00

Richard "Dick" Winters, a decorated hero of World War II and the central figure in the book and miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He would have turned 93 years old in February.

Confederate history is about raceupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 15:27:00

It has been eight years since people in my state of Virginia got a chance to debate the meaning of the Civil War in front of the nation, and the comments posted on CNN and other news Web sites suggest our passion over the topic has not dimmed.

Continuing the Confederate legacyupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 15:27:00

CNN's Joe Johns looks at the group that got Virginia's governor to issue a proclamation honoring the Confederate legacy.

Gov. McDonnell apologizes for omitting slavery in Confederacy proclamationupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 09:55:00

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized Wednesday for leaving out any reference to slavery in his recent proclamation designating April as Confederate History Month, calling it a "major omission."

Flash tour of historic Philadelphiaupdated: Tue Mar 30 2010 12:30:00

My unscientific poll of people who have visited or lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, revealed three top must-dos for a first-time visitor: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and cheese steak.

Former Nazi hitman convictedupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 16:05:00

A German court sentences an 88-year-old former Nazi hitman to life in prison for 3 civilian kilings during World War II.

World War II vets make emotional pilgrimage to Iwo Jimaupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 21:44:00

Jerry Yellin has spent most of his life trying to forget about the stench of death on the island of Iwo Jima 65 years ago.

Health summit site already part of presidential historyupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 09:12:00

Sixteen-fifty-one Pennsylvania Avenue isn't quite as famous as the address right across the street.

Lincoln letter to schoolboy sells for $60,000updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 13:43:00

Less than a month before the Civil War's start, a newly inaugurated President Lincoln took time from his frantic schedule to write to an Illinois boy whose classmates didn't believe he'd met the president.

Taking World War II veterans to see memorial before time runs outupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 11:56:00

The aging veterans gingerly walk from the plane in the nation's capital. Some get pushed in wheelchairs. A brass band strikes up World War II era tunes. Strangers rise to their feet and clap their hands.

WWII veterans fly for freeupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 11:56:00

Honor Flight flies WWII veterans to see their memorial in Washington at no charge. A CNN crew went along on a recent trip.

D-Day historian: 'Ryan' not best war filmupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 07:49:00

Some reviewers have called "Saving Private Ryan," Steven Spielberg's World War II film about D-Day and the search for a soldier, one of the greatest war movies.

The highest, rarest honorupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 19:41:00

Only six fallen troops have received the Medal of Honor during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Barbara Starr explores why.

Medal of Honor awarded sparsely in Iraq, Afghanistanupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 19:41:00

When President Obama gave a Medal of Honor to Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti's family this week, it was just the sixth time the nation's highest medal for valor has been awarded to a hero of the current conflicts.

UK says goodbye to last 'Tommy'updated: Thu Aug 06 2009 23:02:00

Harry Patch, the last British WWI veteran is buried in Wells, England. ITN's Damon Green reports.

Britain honors last WWI Army veteranupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 23:02:00

The last British soldier to serve in World War I was buried Thursday, marking "the passing of a generation," the British veterans minister said.

Last British Army WWI veteran dead at 111updated: Sun Jul 26 2009 01:13:00

Harry Patch -- the last surviving British soldier from World War I -- died Saturday at the age of 111, Britain's Ministry of Defence said.

UK's Last WWI veteran diesupdated: Sun Jul 26 2009 01:13:00

CNN's Tim Lister reports on the passing of Britain's last veteran of the Great War.

Seven Civil War stories your teacher never told youupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 16:15:00

Perhaps your history teachers failed to alert you to these Civil War facts: Jefferson Davis nearly got mugged by an angry female mob; Abraham Lincoln loved the Confederate anthem "Dixie," and Paul Revere was a Civil War casualty.

D-day vets in DCupdated: Mon Jun 08 2009 13:09:00

65 years after D-Day, a handful of veterans visited the WWII Memorial in Washington for the first time. CNN's Elaine Quijano reports.

D-day anniversaryupdated: Sun Jun 07 2009 22:45:00

CNN's Rick Vincent reports on the somber ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

Obama joins WWII vets for D-Day tributesupdated: Sun Jun 07 2009 22:45:00

World leaders gave thanks Saturday to military veterans for their efforts in the D-Day landings of 65 years ago at a ceremony in northwest France, warning that their legacy must not be forgotten as the world faces renewed threats of tyranny.

Nazi war crimes trial 'could be last of its kind'updated: Thu May 14 2009 10:39:00

The forthcoming trial in Germany of John Demjanjuk could be the last occasion on which a Nazi war crimes suspect faces prosecution.

France 'responsible' for Holocaust deathsupdated: Mon Feb 16 2009 12:06:00

France bears responsibility for deporting Jews to their deaths in concentration camps during World War II, the country's highest court ruled Monday.

Last U.S. WWI vetupdated: Wed Nov 12 2008 13:49:00

Frank Buckles, 107, says it is his duty as the last living U.S. WWI vet to honor the soldiers at Arlington Cemetery.

Photographer races clock to honor last few World War I vetsupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 22:42:00

Photographer David DeJonge plans to capture a vanishing bit of history Tuesday on a trip to Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.

The last men standingupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 22:42:00

CNN's Paula Hancocks meets David Dejonge, a photographer chronicling the last men of the WWI generation.

Final WWI veteran seeks memorial for comradesupdated: Tue Sep 09 2008 19:15:00

At 107, Frank Buckles must know there is not much time for him to honor the memory of his comrades who served the United States during the first World War. He's the last surviving U.S. veteran of what then was called the Great War.

Discovering Reims' rich historyupdated: Fri Jun 27 2008 09:31:00

Imagine that happy day around 1700 when the monk Dom Perignon, after much fiddling with the double fermentation of his grape juice, stumbled onto a bubbly delight. Having tasted the very first glass of champagne, he ran through the abbey shouting, "Brothers, come quickly ... I'm drinking stars!"

WWII fliers honoredupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 06:25:00

A historic flyover honors the 30,000 American airmen who gave their lives flying from British bases during WWII.

France silent for last WWI vetupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 19:52:00

The last French World War One veteran to die is honored. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Last WWI vet honoredupdated: Sat Mar 08 2008 14:55:00

CNN's Jamie McIntyre reports on recognition of 107-year-old WWI veteran Frank Buckles.

Last surviving U.S. World War I vet honored by presidentupdated: Sat Mar 08 2008 14:55:00

Frank Woodruff Buckles was just 15 years old when he joined the U.S. Army. Soon, he was deployed to war and headed overseas on the Carpathia -- the same ship used in the rescue mission of the Titanic.

Bush thanks WWI veteran for 'love for America'updated: Thu Mar 06 2008 19:39:00

President Bush met the last known surviving veteran of the first world war on Thursday, thanking the 107-year-old for his service and his "love for America."

Files: Astrologer used in WWIIupdated: Tue Mar 04 2008 15:54:00

ITN's Elodie Harper reports on recently released files that reveal British security services hired an astrologer to try to defeat Adolf Hitler.

Your e-mails: Are we fighting World War III?updated: Fri Sep 01 2006 16:05:00

On Thursday, President Bush said the fight against terrorism as the ideological struggle of the 21 and compared it to the 20th century's fight against fascism, Nazism, and communism.

CIA papers: U.S. failed to pursue Naziupdated: Tue Jun 06 2006 14:58:00

The United States was told the location and approximate alias of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann more than two years before his capture but did nothing to pursue him, according to CIA documents released Tuesday.

Large crowds honor ANZAC war deadupdated: Mon Apr 24 2006 20:25:00

Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders have gathered across the globe to commemorate their war dead in annual ANZAC Day memorial services and marches.

How do we know when, and if, we've won?updated: Wed Dec 14 2005 12:24:00

We will stay in Iraq, the president and his aides keep saying, until we have achieved victory. But how will we know when that is? What does victory look like these days?

World War IIupdated: Mon Aug 15 2005 16:15:00

Use this explainer to help students understand the history of World War II, a topic relevant to current news.

The Benedictsupdated: Tue Apr 19 2005 17:25:00

He calls himself a "simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord." But the new pope's choice of a name is a surprise to one church historian.

British Author Gavin Menzies' TalkAsia Interview Transcriptupdated: Mon Sep 13 2004 03:09:00

Airdate: August 28th 2004

Veterans remember start of WWIupdated: Wed Aug 04 2004 07:20:00

Frail veterans of World War I have gathered in London to remember the 90th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

Review: What led to World War Iupdated: Mon Jun 21 2004 11:16:00

Historians still disagree about the reasons that led to the First World War, even if they roughly concur on the war's causes.

Bush, Chirac seek to ease Iraq rowupdated: Sun Jun 06 2004 00:06:00

U.S. President George W. Bush and French President Jacques Chirac have stressed their joint support for democratic strides being made in Iraq, although the French leader admitted he was troubled by the "level of chaos" in the Mideast country.

Bush in Europe on D-Day missionupdated: Sat Jun 05 2004 10:49:00

President Bush arrived in Paris Saturday as part of a 36-hour European trip designed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy and drum up support for the war in Iraq.

June 6, 1944: D-Day sets the stageupdated: Fri Jun 04 2004 10:29:00

It began as one of the greatest secrets in history. But by the end of June 6, 1944, the world knew the Normandy invasion was under way, turning the tide in World War II.

Bush compares Iraq, terror wars to World War IIupdated: Wed Jun 02 2004 14:52:00

Invoking the words of Ronald Reagan, President Bush on Wednesday compared the war in Iraq and the fight against terrorism to World War II and the battle against communism.

Bush: WWII Memorial a 'fitting tribute'updated: Sat May 29 2004 20:27:00

In dedicating the World War II Memorial, President Bush addressed more than 140,000 people who had gathered on Washington's National Mall.

WWII veteran: Memorial 'for generations to come to see'updated: Fri May 28 2004 20:52:00

A day before the dedication of the National World War II Memorial, and almost 60 years after the end of the war, CNN's Paula Zahn spoke with three American WWII veterans about what this tribute to their service means.

WWII memorial dedication to salute heroesupdated: Thu May 27 2004 13:59:00

A highlight of the Memorial Day weekend will be Saturday's dedication of the National World War II Memorial, which caps the 16-year effort to honor the spirit and sacrifice of America's involvement in World War II.

Fortune: Iraq We Win. Then What? The real battle will begin only after Saddam is gone and the shooting has stopped. If all goes well, oilupdated: Mon Nov 25 2002 00:01:00

The victors gathered on the northwestern coast of the Italian Riviera in a town called San Remo, then as now a place of respite for Europe's wealthy. It was April 1920, a moment that in the argot o...

Fortune: I Miss the Old Millennium It had so much history, especially that last part, and it was all so pre-virtual. Do updated: Mon Jan 10 2000 00:01:00

Something about Hastings...the French fighting the English for some reason...and then a couple of Italians figured out how to paint in three dimensions...and then there was some guy who discovered ...

Fortune: A Second Chance Globalization and its many benefits are not just latter-day blessings. In fact, the century was updated: Mon Nov 22 1999 00:01:00

Whatever baggage we are dragging with us into the new millennium, at least we have had the good sense to leave some of the century's most poisonous economic ideas behind. Communism is buried. Begga...


Striding through the streets of Dublin these days is an entirely new species of Irishman and Irishwoman: educated, optimistic, and affluent--unaffected by the twin demons of poverty and despair tha...

Fortune: Mao to Now Fifty years after China's civil war ended, a former Life magazine correspondent who witnessed it revisits four citiesupdated: Mon Oct 11 1999 00:01:00

On a blustery October day five decades ago, Mao Zedong proclaimed, "China has stood up." Thus began the People's Republic of China.

Fortune: A Trench-Level Take On the Great Warupdated: Mon May 24 1999 00:01:00

The First World War By John Keegan Knopf, 512 pages


Destiny has not scheduled a major cataclysm for the year 2000. Sorry, friends of the Millennium, but the Big Shaker won't arrive until about 2005. Just what it will look like is hard to tell. Perha...


When did big government begin? Conservatives of all ages tend to think federal spending went out of control around their tenth birthday. Commentators who have a little more historical perspective t...

Fortune: BEYOND THE END OF HISTORY? Ever wonder where humanity came from, where it's going, why communism failed -- and what Hegel was alupdated: Mon Feb 24 1992 00:01:00

Essays on the philosophy of history don't usually cause much of a stir among politicians and journalists. But when Francis Fukuyama's article ''The End of History?'' appeared in The National Intere...

Fortune: NEW LIGHT IN EASTERN EUROPE? Amid the economic chaos that followed the crash of Communism come signs of emerging entrepreneurshiupdated: Mon Jul 29 1991 00:01:00

A NERVOUS SOBRIETY has set in across Eastern Europe. Two years after the Iron Curtain came crashing down, the region's experiments with capitalism might, to some eyes, seem an excellent advertiseme...

Fortune: LIFTING AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS The United States is no slouch now, but it needs to do better. Washington could help by adoptinupdated: Mon Apr 23 1990 00:01:00

WITH THE END of the Cold War, America enters an era in which national power is increasingly determined by economic rather than military might. In this new world where industries, not arsenals, matt...

Fortune: ARE WE AT THE END OF HISTORY? Yes, contends the author of a much discussed essay. The ideological wars are over, and liberal demupdated: Mon Jan 15 1990 00:01:00

''Bold and brilliant,'' trumpeted Chicago philosopher Allan Bloom when his former student Francis Fukuyama published ''The End of History?'' in the neoconservative journal The National Interest las...

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