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Fifty years ago, the Democratic National Convention shocked America with violence in the streets and anger in the convention hall. On Aug. 2, four people who were there will look back in a panel discussion at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of some of the most devastating battles of World War I.

This Thursday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, there’ll be a lecture on trench warfare during what was once known as The Great War.

Mark DePue is a historian at the museum and a specialist in American and military history. He spoke with our reporter Brian Mackey.

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This year marks the 40th anniversary since the fall of Saigon.  An event coming up tomorrow night will provide accounts of the war:

  • May 19, Vietnam: First Encounters

A panel discussion on the fall of Saigon in April 1975. Panel members include Tom Jones, a Navy Corpsman assigned to the Marines; Tom Bowman, an Army enlisted man; and two Vietnamese boat people, Patrick Lam and Pham Thien Khoc, an officer in the South Vietnamese Army. Moderated by Mark DePue, head of the presidential library’s Oral History Program.

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Few people these days can tell you much about former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner other than he spent time in prison.   But there was more to the man  who oversaw state government from 1961 to 1968.  This Saturday, an all day conference in Springfield will focus on Kerner, looking at his professional accomplishments, his trial and conviction and his private life.  

The event, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will include journalists, politicians and even members of Kerner's family.  

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“People assume, because I was so sort of early in all this, that I was heavily discriminated against — and I probably was — but I’d always claim I was too dumb to realize that I was being discriminated against.”