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July 17, 2019

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The History of the Tour de France Yellow Jersey | History

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SMITHSONIAN.COM | July 17, 2019, 12:24 p.m. The iconic Tour de France yellow jersey began on a whim. At the inception of the 5,560-kilometer cycling competition in 1903, no clear indicator existed that showed who was winning the competition: the leader received only a green armband that journalists covering the......
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Before Going to the Moon, Apollo 11 Astronauts Trained at These Five Sites | Travel

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Before Neil Armstrong could take his “small step for a man” on July 20, 1969, he and the rest of the Apollo 11 crew underwent a rigorous regimen of training to prepare for their mission to the moon. While much of their instruction took place inside the classroom and at......
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One Hundred Years Ago, a Four-Day Race Riot Engulfed Washington, D.C. | History

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By all accounts, the 1919 Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., was one for the ages. Coming right on the heels of the end of the Great War, and with President Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations peace plan still very much alive, Independence Day was a symbolic coming out......

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