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Cold War on the Brink: The U-2 Incident

On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 reconnaissance plane was shot down over the Soviet Union by a surface-to-air missile. Francis Gary Powers — a civilian pilot flying for the Central Intelligence Agency — was unable to activate the self-destruct mechanism and the plane crashed largely intact. News of the event caused Premier Khrushchev to storm out of a summit conference in Paris with President Eisenhower. Because the U-2 was specifically...

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Deep Blue Triumphs Over Grandmaster

IBM's computer Deep Blue defeated Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game match in 1997....

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Alan Shepard Golfs on the Moon

U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard struck a golf ball with a makeshift 6-iron on the moon on Feb. 6, 1971, after landing during the Apollo 14 mission....

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'Birth of a Nation' Takes Aim at 1915 Original

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 classic "The Birth of a Nation", which documents the birth of the Ku Klux Klan, revolutionized the film industry but was accused by some of having a racist storyline. Now, a new movie by Nate Parker with...

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Space Shuttle Columbia Disintegrates on Re-entry

This BBC documentary on the last flight of Space Shuttle Columbia features revealing insights from the people who actually dealt with the tragedy, as the vehicle blew up over Texas upon re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003....

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Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes After Launch

The Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes on its 10th flight during mission STS-51-L. The explosion occurred 73 seconds after liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986....

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Tragedy on Apollo 1

Apollo 1's command module (CM-012) was destroyed by fire during a test and training exercise on Jan. 27, 1967, at Pad 34 at Cape Canaveral atop a Saturn 1B rocket. The crew onboard were the astronauts selected for the first...

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Apple's '1984' Ad for Macintosh

Apple unveiled its Macintosh personal computer in this iconic '1984' ad aired during Super Bowl XVIII on Jan. 22, 1984....

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