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Diane Bernard is a multiplatform editor and Retropolis reporter for The Washington Post. Previously, she was a general assignment reporter at the Wilmington Star-News in North Carolina.
On February 20, 1939, 22,000 members of the German American Bund, a pro-Nazi group, took over the venue that performers still consider a peak achievement if you can fill it up.
An estimated 1.5 million unwed mothers were forced to give their babies up for adoption in the two decades before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in 1973.
Since contestants first rolled down their bathing stockings in Atlantic City in 1921, swimsuits at the Miss America pageant have stirred controversy.
During the Great Depression, President Hoover enacted a “American jobs for real Americans” program and swiftly deported as many as 1.8 million Mexicans and Mexican Americans.