Early A.D.'s
Jesus teaches the Golden Rule, suggesting we love our neighbors as we love ourselves; Judas misses the memo.

Jane Austen, born, goes on to pen decorous oeuvre in which the arched eyebrow proves far mightier than the angry tweet.

Presiding over a deeply divided nation, Abraham Lincoln seeks compromise, bringing almost saintly civility to a brutally un-Civil War.

World War I soldiers set aside their guns for a Christmas truce. Carols sung, soccer played, cigarettes and chocolate exchanged.

Urban organizer and good neighbor Jane Jacobs calls b.s. on city "planning" that razes tightly knit 'hoods. Her theory? A city is best when all its residents coexist in (cramped) harmony.

Rather than draft an icy kiss-off to her longtime singing partner Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton wishes him well with "I Will Always Love You," the kindest-possible pink slip (and one of the best-selling songs of all time).

After Supreme Court Justice antonin Scalia's death, Ruth Bader Ginsburg calls him "a treasured friend." Though they staunchly didn't share political views, they did share a mutual respect and a passion for opera.

Barack and Michelle gently guide a stranded Melania Trump into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day. #ThanksObamas

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