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National Archives To Display Famous Signatures

Michelle Obama's 2008 election-night dress is among the pieces to be displayed at National Archives starting this week.
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Michelle Obama's 2008 election-night dress is among the pieces to be displayed at National Archives starting this week.

Curators at the National Archives have culled their collection in search of some of the best-known signatures of history.

A special exhibit opening Friday includes the personal marks of figures including Thomas Jefferson, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Robinson, Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, along with important documents from history. Curators looked at the power of the pen in politics, war, entertainment and sports for the wide-ranging exhibit, "Making Their Mark.'"

Beyond papers, curators also are displaying objects representing the signature styles of some historical figures, including General Dwight Eisenhower's tailored Army jacket that became the standard for American troops. And for the first time, the red-and-black dress worn by Michelle Obama on the night of the 2008 election is going on display.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

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