Party Conventions

Every four years, members of the Democratic and Republican Parties in the United States meet in order to nominate their parties' candidates for president, as well as to adopt a statement of party principles and goals known as the platform. And while 19th century conventions were often heated affairs at which presidential candidates were selected through intensive negotiations and multiple votes, the growth of the primary system has made today's events have become little more than media spectacles.

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RIP Neil Armstrong


The Bombing of Hiroshima

Today marks the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during the final stages of World War II. The attack immediately killed 80,000 people with at least 60,000 more dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout. On August 9, another 40,000 people died in the attack on Nagasaki. Japan's Emperor Hirohito announced his country's unconditional surrender to the Allies six days later.

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