A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

LED

Wed, 20 Jul '22
Spearheaded
Sat, 28 May '22
Championed
Sat, 23 Apr '22
Drove
Fri, 4 Mar '22
Shepherded
Sat, 29 Jan '22
Opened
Mon, 20 Dec '21
Was in first place
Mon, 30 Aug '21
Headed
Wed, 11 Aug '21
Paved the way
Sun, 18 Jul '21
Commanded
Wed, 5 May '21
Had the reins
Tue, 23 Mar '21
Kind of bulb, in brief
Wed, 17 Mar '21
Headed up