On this day: July 12

The Medal of Honor is authorized, a favorite toy is born, Walter Mondale makes a historic choice, and "E.T." breaks box office records, all on this day.

On this day: July 11

Alexander Hamilton loses a duel, the Marine Corps is re-established, a space station plummets to Earth, and Martin Luther King earns a posthumous honor, all on this day.

On this day: June 24

A 19-year-old Pablo Picasso opens his first major exhibition, Mary Pickford becomes the first million-dollar actress, the Soviets begin their blockade of Berlin, Lynyrd Skynyrd releases

On this day: June 13

The Beatles score their last No. 1 hit in America, the New York Times begins printing the Pentagon Papers, Pioneer 10 bids adieu to the Solar System, and Michael Jackson is found not guilty, all on this day.

On this day: June 8

Tennessee becomes the last state to secede from the Union, George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is published, the U.S. Postal Service gives "Missile Mail" a try, and "Ghostbusters" and "Gremlins" compete at the box office, all on this day.

On this day: May 30

Joan of Arc is burned at the stake, the Confederacy picks Richmond as its capital, the first Indy 500 is held, and the Lincoln Memorial is dedicated, all on this day.

On this day: May 2

Leonardo da Vinci dies, Lou Gehrig sits out a game for the first time in 14 years, the Soviets capture Berlin, and Princess Charlotte is born, all on this day.

How one university saved Savannah's architectural history

In his 1994 Pulitzer Prize finalist "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," John Berendt wrote, "For me, Savannah's resistance to change was its saving grace. The city looked inward, sealed off from the noises and distractions of the world at large."

Barbara Starr: Amid disaster, the human spirit shines through

When the cathedral's spire fell into the fire at Notre Dame I felt physically sick. All night long, I watched social media videos of the smoke and flames, of the people of Paris standing in horror, some on their knees singing to the church -- images that brought tears to many eyes around the world.

Why the Notre Dame fire was so hard to put out

Notre Dame's centuries-old wooden roof beams, stone exterior and soaring Gothic architecture made Monday's blaze especially difficult to tackle and Paris firefighters deserve praise for their efforts, experts say.

Watching Notre Dame burn, the entire world was in pain

The spire tumbling down in a blaze, the flames shooting out behind the familiar façade of Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris, made our throats close in anguish. French President Emmanuel Macron said his thoughts were with "all Catholics and all French people," but in fact, it felt like the entire world was in pain watching the 800-year-old building turn into a blazing inferno, on its way to becoming ashes and stones.