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Nixon Goes to China (1972)

In February 1972, President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon made a historic seven-day official visit to China to improve the relations between the U.S. and China after decades of the Cold War and to gain more leverage over relations with the Soviet Union. The Nixons visited three Chinese cities. The trip marked…  

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Jefferson Accepting Secretary of State (1790)

The above letter, which is transcribed below, was sent by Thomas Jefferson to President George Washington accepting the position of the first U.S. Secretary of State. Jefferson held this position from March 22, 1790 until December 31, 1793. Some of the major issues during Thomas Jefferson's time as Secretary of State were the national debt and the location of the nation's capitol. Jefferson opposed a national...

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Pi(e) Day!

Happy Pi day! Pi day is the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π. Pi Day is observed on March 14th every year since the first three digits of Pi are 3, 1, and 4. On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed non-binding House Resolution 224, which recognized National Pi Day. The resolution was...

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Albert Einstein's Declaration of Intention to Become U.S. Citizen (1936)

Albert Einstein, the iconic German-born physicist and Nobel Prize winner visited the United States in 1933. During his visit, Adolf Hitler came to power so Einstein did not return to Europe. In this document dated January 15, 1936, Einstein filed his Declaration of intention to become and American Citizen, which he became in 1940. A few months prior, Einstein had written a letter to President Roosevelt…

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