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11:55am

Tue January 22, 2013
It's All Politics

Stonewall? Explaining Obama's Historic Gay Rights Reference

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 11:13 am

The crowd faces off with police at the Stonewall Inn nightclub raid in the summer of 1969 in New York City.
New York Daily News Archive NY Daily News via Getty Images

President Obama made history in his inaugural address when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town considered the birthplace of the black-rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York site of the first women's-rights convention.

But Obama's reference was very likely lost on many in the generations that have come of age long after gay men resisted police harassment at the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York City.

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2:35pm

Mon January 21, 2013
Asia

In Myanmar, A Hunt For Fabled Cache Of Buried WWII Spitfires

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 11:15 pm

A crowd surrounds a British Spitfire and an Auster in the courtyard of the Civic Hall in Rangoon, Burma, on April 3, 1946.
Anonymous AP

For the past few weeks a team of scientists, archaeologists and documentary makers has been digging at Yangon's international airport in Myanmar, also known as Burma. They are searching for a legendary trove of Spitfire fighter planes, said to have been buried in Burma in the waning days of World War II.

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1:25pm

Sun January 20, 2013
Inauguration 2013

An Inaugural Memory: President Lincoln's Food Fight

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:27 am

Menu for Lincoln's 2nd inaugural ball, March 6, 1865
Smithsonian Institution

A recently-published menu for Abraham Lincoln's lavish second inaugural ball in 1865 provides an interesting look at how different the nation celebrated its new president just seven score and eight years ago.

Smoked tongue en geleé and blancmange (a firm custard) shared room on the buffet table with roast turkey and burnt almond ice cream.

As Yale food historian Paul Freedman told Smithsonian Magazine writer Megan Gambino, the cuisine could best be described as "French via England, with some American ingredients."

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8:51am

Fri January 18, 2013
The Salt

Mixed Pickle: The Sweet And Sour Legacy Of Dutch Trade

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 6:36 am

Pickles and herring, Amsterdam-style.
albertstraub Flickr.com

In Amsterdam, a popular street snack of brined herring comes with chopped onions and a side of sour pickle. The history of Dutch trade, too, is buried under those onions.

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3:34am

Sat January 12, 2013
History

World War II Exhibit Asks Visitors, 'What Would You Do?'

Originally published on Sat January 12, 2013 10:08 am

Using touchscreens, visitors decide how they would make wartime choices.
Courtesy National WWII Museum

For many, the stakes and the scale of World War II are hard to fathom. It was a war fought around the world, against powerful, determined regimes in Europe and the Pacific; some 65 million people died. And as the number of people who have actual memories of the war dwindle — as of next year, there will be fewer than 1 million living veterans — the mission of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans becomes all the more urgent.

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