The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress recently announced its list of inductees for 2018. Established in 1989, the films are selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. For a history of the Film Registry you can watch the fascinating documentary These amazing shadows: the movies that made America. Titles available in the Library's collection can be found below. The entire list — complete with film history — can be found here.

Time has selected "The Guardians" of the free press as this year's Person of the Year.  Hailing them for "taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths" in what the magazine called a "war on truth," the magazine singled out four different journalists or news organizations to be featured on four different covers. Those honored will be murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi; staff members of the Capitol Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland: Maria Ressa of the Rappler news site in the Philippines; and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who have been imprisoned in Myanmar. To read more about the importance of a free press throughout history check here.

There was an important scientific report released recently. In case you missed it, you can read it here. Another corresponding report can be found here. A new report on the Arctic can be found here.

December 1, 1919.  Lady Nancy Astor became the first woman in the British House of Commons.

December 1, 1955.  Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white man and move to the back section of a municipal bus. This action resulted in a year-long boycott of the city's  bus system by African Americans.

December 1, 1988.  Benazir Bhutto was nominated to become prime minister of Pakistan, later becoming the first woman to govern a Muslim nation

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