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FDR Wanted a Simple Funeral and Burial

In December, 1937, Franklin Roosevelt wrote out instructions for his funeral and burial in a four-page document. It was kept folded in an envelope in Roosevelt’s personal safe in his bedroom at the White House, and was...

 
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Ayn Rand’s Letter to Her 17-Year-Old Niece Who Wants to Borrow $25 for a Dress

This letter is one of many in the collection Letters of Ayn Rand. I invite you to read this letter she sent to her 17-year-old niece, Connie, who had recently asked to borrow $25 for a dress. A later letter suggests Rand...

 
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10 Of The Most Ancient Pieces Of Literature Ever Found

While many of humanity’s early writings are lost, never to be seen or read by anyone, there are some that have luckily been discovered and preserved, giving us a rare look into the literary works and achievements of...

 
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1969 Somber Memo In Case Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Don’t Make It

On July 18 of 1969, speechwriter William Safire was tasked to craft a contingency plan, in the form of a speech to be read out by President Nixon in case the worst case scenario happened. As the world waited anxiously for...

 
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This 500-Year-Old Love Letter Found in Mummy Tells The Deep Love and Sorrow of a Mourning Wife

A poetic and heartbreaking love letter was found buried beside a mummy of a 16th century male. The love letter was penned by the mummy’s pregnant widow. The male mummy, believed to be that of Eung Tae Lee, was discovered...

 
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U.S. Intelligence Officer Wrote A Letter to His Son Using Hitler’s Stationery

At the end of the Second World War, U.S. intelligence officer Richard Helms, who later became the Director of the CIA, penned a letter to his 3-year-old son… The letter reads: “Dear Dennis, The man who might have...

 
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Mahatma Gandhi Wrote This Letter To Hitler Pleading for Peace

In 1939, as Adolf Hitler pulled the world to the brink of war, Mahatma Gandhi wrote him a letter pleading for peace and “for the sake of humanity.” Gandhi even called Hitler a friend and referred to himself a “sincere...

 
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Today in History: Lincoln Wrote This Scathing Letter to Gen. George G. Meade, July 14, 1863

The Battle of Gettysburg had finally ended. Gen. Robert E. Lee’s battered army limped southward. Gen. George G. Meade, however, didn’t go after him to finish the job, much to Lincoln’s chagrin. He believed that...

 
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Today in History: Abraham Lincoln Wrote This Letter to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (July 13, 1863)

After a long siege Vicksburg had finally fallen. Lincoln took this occasion to write this letter to the victorious Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. It’s a letter of heartfelt congratulations, which also shows that the President...

 
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