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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:00 EST from rss

Subject: Communists attack Plei Me Special Forces camp

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North Vietnamese troops launch a major assault on U.S. and South Vietnamese Special Forces Camp at Plei Me in the Central Highlands, 215 miles north of Saigon. During a week of savage fighting, defenders of the besieged outpost, manned by 12 U.S. Green Berets, 400 Montagnard tribesmen, and a ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/communists-attack-plei-me-special-forces-camp

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:52 EST from rss

Subject: Rocket Richard scores 500 goals

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On October 19, 1957, Maurice “Rocket” Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first N.H.L. player to score 500 goals in his career when he slaps a 20-foot shot past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Glenn Hall. Richard was one of the most consistent and intimidating goal-scorers in pro hockey ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rocket-richard-scores-500-goals

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:12 EST from rss

Subject: Editorial accuses Jefferson of affair with slave

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On this day in 1796, an essay appears in the Gazette of the United States in which a writer, mysteriously named “Phocion,” slyly attacks presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson. Phocion turned out to be former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. The essay typified the nasty, personal nature of ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/editorial-accuses-jefferson-of-affair-with-slave

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:35 EST from rss

Subject: Construction begins on the Sutro Tunnel in Virginia City, Nevada

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On this day in 1869, the famous Prussian-born mining engineer, Adolph Sutro, begins work on one of the most ambitious western engineering projects of the day: a four-mile-long tunnel through the solid rock of the Comstock Lode mining district. One of the richest silver deposits in the world, the ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/construction-begins-on-the-sutro-tunnel-in-virginia-city-nevada

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:04 EST from rss

Subject: John le Carre is born

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David Cornwell, later known as spy novelist John le Carre, is born on this day in Poole, England. Le Carre’s father was a charming, dishonest con man who ran up millions of dollars in debt, snookered friends and family on phantom deals, and spent time in jail for embezzlement. Charismatic and ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-le-carre-is-born

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:26 EST from rss

Subject: First Blockbuster store opens

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On this day in 1985, the first Blockbuster video-rental store opens, in Dallas, Texas. At a time when most video stores were small-scale operations featuring a limited selection of titles, Blockbuster opened with some 8,000 tapes displayed on shelves around the store and a computerized check-out ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-blockbuster-store-opens

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:07 EST from rss

Subject: Fire sweeps through Oakland hills

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On this day in 1991, a fire begins in the hills of Oakland, California. It went on to burnthousands of homes and kill 25 people. Despite the fact that fires had ravaged the same area three times earlier in the century, people continued to build homes there. Fires had previously raged through the ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fire-sweeps-through-oakland-hills

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

Subject: John DeLorean is arrested for drug dealing

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Maverick automobile executive John DeLorean is arrested in a Los Angeles, California, airport motel with a briefcase containing $24 million dollars worth of cocaine. According to authorities, DeLorean was attempting to make a mammoth drug deal in order to rescue his financially ailing company, the ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-delorean-is-arrested-for-drug-dealing

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:30 EST from rss

Subject: The first Cold War world

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In Brussels, Belgium, the first world’s fair held since before World War II closes its doors, after nearly 42 million people have visited the various exhibits. Officially called the Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, the fair’s overall theme was “A World View, A New Humanism.” As ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-first-cold-war-worlds-fair-closes

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:18 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Cedar Creek

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Union General Philip Sheridan averts a near disaster in the Shenandoah Valley when he rallies his troops after a surprise attack by Confederate General Jubal Early and scores a major victory that almost destroys Early’s army at the Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia. Through the summer of 1864, ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-cedar-creek

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:51 EST from rss

Subject: Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

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On this day in 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis formally surrenders 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a French and American force at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing the American Revolution to a close. Previously, Cornwallis had driven General George Washington’s Patriot forces out of New ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cornwallis-surrenders-at-yorktown

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:37 EST from rss

Subject: First Battle of Ypres

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On October 19, 1914, near the Belgian city of Ypres, Allied and German forces begin the first of what would be three battles to control the city and its advantageous positions on the north coast of Belgium during the First World War. After the German advance through Belgium and eastern France was ...

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[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:22 EST from rss

Subject: Chinese and Suluks revolt against Japanese in North Borneo

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On this day in 1943, local Chinese and native Suluks rise up against the Japanese occupation of North Borneo. The revolt, staged in the capital, Jesselton, resulted in the deaths of 40 Japanese soldiers. The Japanese had begun scooping up islands in the Dutch East Indies in late 1941. Kuching, on ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/chinese-and-suluks-revolt-against-japanese-in-north-borneo

[#] Fri Feb 24 2012 13:04:52 EST from rss

Subject: Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi is Killed

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On this day in 2011, Moammar Gadhafi, the longest-serving leader in Africa and the Arab world, is captured and killed by rebel forces near his hometown of Sirte. The eccentric 69-year-old dictator, who came to power in a 1969 coup, headed a government that was accused of numerous human rights ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/libyan-dictator-moammar-gadhafi-is-killed

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:37:32 EDT from rss

Subject: MacArthur returns

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After advancing island by island across the Pacific Ocean, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur wades ashore onto the Philippine island of Leyte, fulfilling his promise to return to the area he was forced to flee in 1942. The son of an American Civil War hero, MacArthur served as chief U.S. military ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/macarthur-returns

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:14:00 EDT from rss

Subject: Sydney Opera House opens

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After 15 years of construction, the Sydney Opera House is dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II. The $80 million structure, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and funded by the profits of the Opera House Lotteries, was built on Bennelong Point, in Sydney, Australia. Famous for its geometric roof ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sydney-opera-house-opens

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:39 EST from rss

Subject: Mao

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Just over a year after the start of the Long March, Mao Zedong arrives in Shensi Province in northwest China with 4,000 survivors and sets up Chinese Communist headquarters. The epic flight from Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist forces lasted 368 days and covered 6,000 miles, nearly twice the distance ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/maos-long-march-concludes

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:46 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Navarino

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During the Greek War for Independence, a combined Turkish and Egyptian armada is destroyed by an allied British, French, and Russian naval force at the Battle of Navarino. In 1821, the first nationalist uprisings by the Greeks against their Turkish rulers touched off a wave of sympathy in Britain ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-navarino

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:49 EST from rss

Subject: Last Volvo PV rolls off the assembly line

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Trackmagazine said in 1963, “the Volvo PV544 is such a practical car. Volvo’s most attractive appeal lies in its solidity and its quality in every single respect. There is nothing slapdash or under-dimensioned about any part of the car and that is more than enough to compensate for any perceived ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/last-volvo-pv-rolls-off-the-assembly-line

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:21 EST from rss

Subject: Congress investigates Reds in Hollywood

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On October 20, 1947, the notorious Red Scare kicks into high gear in Washington, as a Congressional committee begins investigating Communist influence in one of the world’s richest and most glamorous communities: Hollywood. After World War II, the Cold War began to heat up between the world’s two ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-investigates-reds-in-hollywood

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