October 23, 1983: The Marines in Beirut

Beirut Bombing 1983

By Thomas L. Friedman

Funny country, Lebanon. The minute one army packed up and rushed out, another one swaggered in and took its place. There always seemed to be someone knocking on the door to get in—and someone inside dying … Read the article

Cuban Missle Crisis

Cuban Missile Crisis note

By Alex Von Tunzelmann

On the morning of 20 October, the Joint Chiefs of Staff sent messages to American military commands worldwide, warning that tensions in Cuba—about which they were not specific—might call for military action soon. Trouble could break … Read the article

Victory & Glory: The End of the Revolutionary War

Cornwallis Surrender

By John Ferling

October 19, 1781, the terms for the surrender of the General Charles Cornwallis-led British Army—the Articles of Capitulation—were signed by Cornwallis, Generals George Washington and Jean-Baptiste Rochambeau, and Admiral Francois de Grasse. Rochambeau had led the first … Read the article

Marshall, Mitchell, and Meuse-Argonne

Americans escorting German prisoners

By Edward G. Lengel

In the 1970s, Henry Berry interviewed dozens of aged veterans about their role in the First World War. He asked one “very dignified gentleman” of eighty-two years for his feelings about the Meuse-Argonne.

“Now,” the veteran … Read the article

1993 Battle of Mogadishu: A SEAL’s-Eye View

By Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

As we pulled back into the compound, everyone was jocking up for something big. Helicopters spun up, Humvees pulled into position, and everyone topped off their magazines. Although the sun shone brightly through … Read the article

Mossad and 9/11

By Gordon Thomas

Anti-Semitic conspiracists plan to flood the internet to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 attacks by resurrecting the old canard that Mossad, Israel’s secret intelligence service, knew in advance of the attack – and did not warn … Read the article