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[#] Thu Oct 23 2014 07:33:21 EDT from rss

Subject: Olympian Oscar Pistorius gets 5 years in prison for girlfriend

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On this day in 2014, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, the first double amputee runner to compete at the Olympics, is sentenced to five years behind bars after being found guilty of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, in the February 2013 death of his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reeva ...

[#] Thu Oct 16 2014 10:11:45 EDT from rss

Subject: Author Maya Angelou dies

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On this day in 2014, author and poet Maya Angelou, who published more than 30 books, including 1969’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” a best-selling memoir about the racism and abuse she experienced growing up, dies at 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to her ...

[#] Thu Oct 16 2014 10:11:35 EDT from rss

Subject: Comedy legend Joan Rivers dies

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On this day in 2014, Joan Rivers, one of the best-known comedians of her era, dies at age 81 in a New York City hospital, a week after she went into cardiac arrest while undergoing a medical procedure on her vocal cords at a Manhattan clinic. During a showbiz career that spanned more than five ...

[#] Tue Aug 26 2014 13:55:48 EDT from rss

Subject: Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams dies at 63

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On the big screen, Williams made his debut in the 1977 low-budget comedy “Can I Do it ‘Til I Need Glasses?” then went on to appear in films such as “The World According to Garp” (1982), “Moscow on the Hudson” (1984) and “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987), for which he earned his first Academy Award ...

[#] Tue Aug 26 2014 13:55:45 EDT from rss

Subject: Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall dies

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On this day in 2014, actress Lauren Bacall, who shot to fame in her debut film, 1944’s “To Have and Have Not,” in which she appeared opposite Humphrey Bogart, with whom she would have a legendary romance, dies at her New York City home at age 89. In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, the ...

[#] Mon Aug 04 2014 07:57:03 EDT from rss

Subject: Malaysia Airlines flight vanishes with more than 200 people aboard

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On this day in 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, loses contact with air traffic control less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur then veers off course and disappears. Despite a massive air-and-sea search effort for the Beijing-bound Boeing ...

[#] Mon Aug 04 2014 07:57:03 EDT from rss

Subject: Mudslide in Washington state kills more than 40 people

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On this day in 2014, 43 people die when a portion of a hill suddenly collapses and buries a neighborhood in the small community of Oso, Washington, some 55 miles northeast of Seattle. It was one of the deadliest mudslides in U.S. history. The collapse occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m., when, ...

[#] Mon Aug 04 2014 07:56:54 EDT from rss

Subject: World

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On this day in 2014, one of the world’s most-wanted criminals, Joaquin “El Chapo” (“Shorty”) Guzman Loera, head of the Sinaloa cartel, the world’s biggest drug trafficking organization, is arrested in a joint U.S.-Mexican operation in Mazatlán, Mexico, after outrunning law enforcement for more than ...

[#] Wed Jul 16 2014 12:38:36 EDT from rss

Subject: Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at age 87

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On this day in 2014, Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose novels include “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” dies at his Mexico City home at age 87. The Colombian-born Garcia Marquez, a master of magical realism, a writing style that blends reality ...

[#] Mon Jul 14 2014 07:21:26 EDT from rss

Subject: Iconic child star Shirley Temple dies at 85

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On this day in 2014, Shirley Temple Black, who as a child in the 1930s became one of Hollywood’s most successful stars, dies at her Woodside, California, home at age 85. The plucky, curly-haired performer sang, danced and acted in dozens of films by the time she was a teen; as an adult, she gave up ...

[#] Mon Oct 01 2018 12:39:37 EDT from rss

Subject: 2017 Las Vegas Shooting

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On this day in 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd attending the final night of a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring more than 800. Although the shooting only lasted 10 minutes, the death and injury tolls made this massacre the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. ...

[#] Tue Oct 09 2018 14:07:31 EDT from rss

Subject: The Watergate Scandal: A Timeline

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January 1969Richard Nixon is inaugurated as the 37 President of the United States. February 1971Richard Nixon orders the installation of a secret taping system that records all conversations in the Oval Office, his Executive Office Building office, and his Camp David office and on selected ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:58:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Edison dies

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Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors in history, dies in West Orange, New Jersey, at the age of 84. Born in Milan, Ohio, in 1847, Edison received little formal schooling, which was customary for most Americans at the time. He developed serious hearing problems at an early age, and ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:27:19 EDT from rss

Subject: Peking

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British troops occupying Peking, China, loot and then burn the Yuanmingyuan, the fabulous summer residence built by the Manchu emperors in the 18th century. China’s Qing leadership surrendered to the Franco-British expeditionary force soon after, ending the Second Opium War and Chinese hopes of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:27 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. takes control of Puerto Rico

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Only one year after Spain granted Puerto Rico self-rule, American troops raise the U.S. flag over the Caribbean nation, formalizing U.S. authority over the island’s one million inhabitants. In July 1898, near the end of the Spanish-American War, U.S. forces launched an invasion of Puerto Rico, the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:02 EST from rss

Subject: Ferdinand and Isabella marry

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Ferdinand of Aragon marries Isabella of Castile in Valladolid, thus beginning a cooperative reign that would unite all the dominions of Spain and elevate the nation to a dominant world power. Ferdinand and Isabella incorporated a number of independent Spanish dominions into their kingdom and in ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:05:04 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. takes possession of Alaska

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On this day in 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Henry Seward, the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:57 EST from rss

Subject: Stock market soars with rumors of bombing halt in Vietnam

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Rumors that the Johnson administration will soon announce a bombing halt send sales volume on the New York Stock Exchange soaring; U.S. bond prices also climb. The rumors were true and on October 31, in a televised address to the nation, Johnson said that based on recent developments in the Paris ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:21 EST from rss

Subject: Emperor Bao Dai attempts to dismiss Diem

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A communiquÉ from Emperor Bao Dai’s office in Paris announces that he has dismissed Ngo Dinh Diem from the premiership and annulled his powers. In a message to the Vietnamese people Bao Dai prophetically declared, “police methods and personal dictatorship must be brought to an end, and I can no ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:21 EST from rss

Subject: Mr. October hits three homers in three swings

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On October 18, 1977, in the sixth game of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in a row off of three consecutive pitches from three different pitchers. Only the great Babe Ruth had ever hit three homers in a single World ...

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