When most people think of history, they think of dates. It's easier that way. 1776, 1861, 1929, 1954, 1963, 1974. American independence declared, Fort Sumter shelled to kick off the Civil War, the great stock market crash, the Supreme Court's Brown versus the Board of Education decision, President Kennedy assassinated, President Nixon resigns. If people can't recall the details, remembering a date reminds that something happened. It helps keep things straight.
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