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And that’s the way it was: February 27, 1860

Abraham Lincoln delivers an antislavery speech at Cooper Union in New York City that propels him to the presidency

Having lost Illinois's election for the US senate in 1858, Abraham Lincoln was a longshot for the presidency in 1860.... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 26, 1909

The first successful color motion picture process is shown to the general public

On February 26, 1909, 21 short films were shown at the Palace Theatre in London. It was the general public's... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 21, 1925

The New Yorker publishes its first issue

On February 21, 1925, The New Yorker debuted. It was founded by Harold Ross, one of the original members of... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 20, 1943

The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt enumerated four essential human freedoms: freedom of speech,... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 13, 1935

Bruno Richard Hauptmann is found guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of Charles Lindbergh

February 13, 1935. Bruno Hauptmann, an ex-convict from Germany, is sentenced to death by electric chair for the abduction and... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 12, 2000

Charles M. Schulz, creator of “Peanuts,” dies at age 77.

On this date 13 years ago, cartoonist Charles Monroe Schulz died of a heart attack at his home in Santa... More

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And that’s the way it was: February 11, 1990

South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela is freed from prison after 27 years

If it had happened today, it would break the Internet a little. On February 11, 1990, after having served 27... More

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Required skimming: the neat-o list

Collectors of the cool, strange, and mind-expanding

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Networks schmetworks

The race is on to recast the newscast

While the big three networks struggle to adapt to the world of mobile, on-demand delivery, a number of experiments... More

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Parting Shots

Death, where is their sting?

The world of American letters is considerably poorer now than just one year ago. Last December was Christopher Hitchens’s final... More

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Open Bar

Tom and Jerry’s

Tom and Jerry's 288 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY Year opened 1993 Distinguishing features A collection of mugs and bowls inscribed... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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