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A Supreme Court justice hiked 185 miles to save Washington’s C&O Canal from becoming a highway
If lawmakers had had their way, Washington's popular Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park — which attains its 50th anniversary as a national park this year — would have become a 60 mph highway. Then a Supreme Court justice stepped into the fray, embarking on a nearly 200-mile "protest hike" along the canal's towpath that ultimately helped to convince President Dwight D. Eisenhower to preserve the canal.
74 years ago the speed of sound was broken
On Oct. 14, 1947, 24-year-old Capt. Charles "Chuck" Yeager, World War II fighter ace turned test pilot, took the bullet-shaped Bell X-1 rocket plane dubbed "Glamorous Glennis" past 660 mph to break the sound barrier for the first time.
Vietnam veteran determined that his great-great-great-grandfather’s legacy be remembered
Vietnam veteran Gary Holland never knew his great-great-great-grandfather William Ingram, of course. Ingram died in 1863 and Holland was not born until more than eight decades later. But Holland feels a special bond with his ancestor who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg with the Army of Northern Virginia, was taken prisoner there, and died in a federal prisoner of war camp four months later.
Alexander Hamilton letter at center of legal fight returned
A letter written by founding father Alexander Hamilton during the Revolutionary War and believed stolen decades ago from the Massachusetts state archives has been returned following a federal appeals court decision, top state officials said Tuesday.
Bat bombs: Secret WWII weapon tested in New Mexico desert
Before the first atomic bomb test at Trinity Site, in July 1945, another secret weapon was being tested in the New Mexico desert. Project X-Ray, a classified weapons system using the Mexican freetail bat from Carlsbad Caverns and some Texas caves aimed to produce “bat bombs.”

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