The Mysterious Death of TV Personality and Courageous Journalist, Dorothy Kilgallen, who Was Investigating the JFK Assassination

Dorothy Kilgallen was one of the most powerful voices in America. She had a role on the popular TV show, “What’s My Line,” and she was a journalist and author who wrote an insightful gossip column. She especially loved covering high profile murder trials. In fact, she singlehandedly caused Sam Shepard’s murder conviction to be […]

Johnson Signs Medicare into Law

The name “Medicare” was originally given to a program providing medical care for families of individuals serving in the military as part of the Dependents’ Medical Care Act, which was passed in 1956. President Dwight D. Eisenhower held the first White House Conference on Aging in January 1961, in which creating a health care program […]

Life Magazine’s “Drama of Life Before Birth” was Published

The editors of Life magazine documented life in the womb in a 1965 cover story featuring a vivid and unforgettable photo display. “Drama of Life Before Birth” was published eight years before the justices struggled with the concept of life’s beginnings. The non-profit Liberty Counsel, which regularly defends the life of the unborn in court, pointed out […]

Paul Harvey’s Gives his Popular Speech “If I Were the Devil…” on ABC Radio

This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on  April 3, 1965:   If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and […]

Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov became Famous after Performing the World’s First Walk in Space

On March 18, 1965, Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov became famous after performing the world’s first walk in space. “Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-vehicular Activity” is on view at the Museum in Washington, DC January 8 through June 8, 2015. See the exhibition online at