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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:00 EST from rss

Subject: JFK records his impressions of secret meetings

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On this day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy records his impression of the day’s meetings regarding the recently discovered presence of Soviet ballistic missiles on the island of Cuba. The ensuing Cuban Missile Crisis brought America to the brink of nuclear war. Beginning on October 15, U.S. spy ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:15 EST from rss

Subject: The United States formally takes possession of Alaska from Russia

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On this day in 1867, the American flag flew for the first time in Alaska, marking the formal transfer of this massive northern territory from Russia to the United States. Separated from the far eastern edge of the Russian empire by only the narrow Bering Strait, the Russians had been the first ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:33 EST from rss

Subject: Terry McMillan is born

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On this day, bestselling novelist Terry McMillan is born in Port Huron, Michigan. McMillan’s contemporary fiction draws on her own experiences as a middle-class black woman. McMillan’s father, an alcoholic, died when McMillan was 16. Her mother, who raised five children on her own, was the model ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:33 EST from rss

Subject: Soul singer Al Green is attacked in his own bathtub

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There can be no question that anyone would have been shaken by the events that transpired in the Memphis, Tennessee, home of singer Al Green in the early morning hours of October 18, 1974, when an ex-girlfriend burst in on him in the bath and poured a pot of scalding-hot grits on his back before ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:46 EST from rss

Subject: Roseanne debuts

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On this day in 1988, Roseanne, a television sitcom about a blue-collar American family starring the comedienne Roseanne Barr, premieres on ABC. The show was considered groundbreaking for its realistic portrayal of a working-class family and the issues they faced. Barr’s portrayal of the loud, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:05 EST from rss

Subject: Pipeline explosions kills 700 in Nigeria

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On this day in 1998, a pipeline explosion in Jesse, Nigeria, kills 700 people. The resulting fire burned for nearly a week. Nigeria is an oil-rich country on the west coast of Africa. The oil fields are controlled by several multi-national corporations in cooperation with the Nigerian government. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:43 EST from rss

Subject: John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrested for drug possession

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested for drug possession at their home near Montagu Square in London, England. The arrests came at a tempestuous time for the couple. Only days earlier, an announcement was made that Ono was pregnant, creating a scandal because both Lennon and Ono were still married ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:46 EST from rss

Subject: East Germany and Hungary move toward democracy

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On October 18, 1989, the Iron Curtain nations of East Germany and Hungary take significant steps toward ending the communist domination of their countries to replace it with more democratic politics and free market economies. In Hungary, the Communist Party had disbanded on October 7. This action ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:23 EST from rss

Subject: General Sickles visits his troops

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Union General Daniel Sickles returns to visit his old command, the Third Corps of the Army of the Potomac. He was recovering from the loss of his leg at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in July 1863, and the visit turned sour when the army’s commander, General George Meade, informed Sickles ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:56 EST from rss

Subject: R. Buckminster Fuller tries to patent his Dymaxion Car

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On October 18, 1933, the American philosopher-inventor R. Buckminster Fuller applies for a patent for his Dymaxion Car. The Dymaxion—the word itself was another Fuller invention, a combination of “dynamic,” “maximum,” and “ion”—looked and drove like no vehicle anyone had ever seen. It was a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:38 EST from rss

Subject: Mason and Dixon draw a line

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On this day in 1767, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon complete their survey of the boundary between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland as well as areas that would eventually become the states of Delaware and West Virginia. The Penn and Calvert families had hired Mason and Dixon, English ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:31 EST from rss

Subject: Third Battle of the Isonzo

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On this day in 1915, in the eastern sector of the Italian front in World War I, the Italians launch their third offensive of the year, known as the Third Battle of the Isonzo. Located in present-day Slovenia, the 60-mile-long Isonzo River ran north to south just inside what was then the Austrian ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:25 EST from rss

Subject: Vice Admiral Halsey named new commander of the South Pacific

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On this day in 1942, Vice. Adm. William F. Halsey replaces Vice Adm. Robert L. Ghormley as commander, South Pacific. The man nicknamed “Bull” by the press began his military career as a destroyer commander during World War I. Halsey was made a captain at the age of 53, earned his naval aviator’s ...

[#] Mon Jun 28 2010 13:16:20 EDT from rss

Subject: John Z. DeLorean is arrested in $24 million cocaine deal

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On October 19, 1982, the automaker John Z. DeLorean is arrested and charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute 55 pounds of cocaine. DeLorean was acquitted of the drug charges in August 1984, but his legal woes were only beginning. He soon went on trial for fraud and over the next two decades ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:14:04 EDT from rss

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From its beginnings in the early 1980s, it was clear that MTV, the Music Television Network, would have a dramatic effect on the way pop stars marketed their music and themselves. While radio remained a necessary engine to drive the sales and chart rankings of singles and albums, the rise of new ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:09:57 EST from rss

Subject: Ethiopia stands alone

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The League of Nations votes to impose deliberately ineffectual economic sanctions against Fascist Italy for its invasion of Ethiopia. Steps that would impede the progress of the invasion, such as banning the sale of oil to Italy and closing the Suez Canal, were not taken, out of fear of igniting ...

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 12:53:56 EST from rss

Subject: Napoleon retreats from Moscow

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One month after Napoleon Bonaparte’s massive invading force entered a burning and deserted Moscow, the starving French army is forced to begin a hasty retreat out of Russia. Following the rejection of his Continental System by Czar Alexander I, French Emperor Napoleon I invaded Russia with his ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:31 EST from rss

Subject: Guildford Four are cleared

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The Guildford Four, convicted of the 1975 IRA bombings of public houses in Guildford and Woolwich, England, are cleared of all charges after nearly 15 years in prison. On October 5, 1974, an IRA bomb killed four people in a Guildford pub frequented by British military personnel, while another bomb ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:05:07 EST from rss

Subject: Victory at Yorktown

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Hopelessly trapped at Yorktown, Virginia, British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger Franco-American force, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution. Lord Cornwallis was one of the most capable British generals of the American Revolution. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:23 EST from rss

Subject: Kissinger discusses draft peace treaty with President Thieu

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Henry Kissinger and U.S. officials hold meetings in Saigon with South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu to discuss the proposed peace treaty drafted by Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, the chief North Vietnamese negotiator in Paris. Thieu remained adamant in his opposition to the draft treaty ...

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