U.S. history

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Firsts from the 2018 elections

Among the winners in the 2018 election are the first female Native American representatives to Congress. See some of the other history makers elected to office.
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America commemorates 100th anniversary of World War I armistice

One hundred years ago, World War I came to an end. Countries across the world are coming together to commemorate the anniversary.
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In U.S., November national elections have long history

Learn why U.S. national elections are held on Tuesdays in November, and why that's unlikely to change — even though some people think it should.
Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter and Menachem Begin sitting at table smiling (© David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

The Camp David Accords, 40 years later

Four decades ago, the Camp David Accords ushered in a new era of Middle East peacemaking. Here's how Egypt and Israel have benefited in the time since.
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45,000 become U.S. citizens during Constitution Week

For the thousands becoming U.S. citizens this week, the date holds an extra special significance. It is the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
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9/11 memorials pay tribute to victims’ sacrifice [video]

Check out this 360-degree video that lets you experience the three memorials built in the U.S. after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
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Helping 9/11 families pay for college

The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund helps many dependents of those killed or permanently disabled in the 9/11 attacks or aftermath pay for college.
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U.S. Senator John McCain’s life and legacy remembered in Vietnam

From prisoner of war to symbol of reconciliation: U.S. Senator John McCain is laid to rest in the United States and honored at a Hanoi monument.
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Smithsonian honors Special Olympics athletes and history

A new museum exhibition traces the roots of the Special Olympics organization, focusing on founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four accomplished Special Olympians.