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[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:12 EST from rss

Subject: Cabinet member guilty in Teapot Dome scandal

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During the Teapot Dome scandal, Albert B. Fall, who served as secretary of the interior in President Warren G. Harding’s cabinet, is found guilty of accepting a bribe while in office. Fall was the first individual to be convicted of a crime committed while a presidential cabinet member. As a member ...

[#] Fri Dec 18 2009 11:02:06 EST from rss

Subject: Pablo Picasso born

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Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is born in Malaga, Spain. Picasso’s father was a professor of drawing, and he bred his son for a career in academic art. Picasso had his first exhibit at age 13 and later quit art school so he could experiment ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:38:41 EST from rss

Subject: First kamikaze attack of the war begins

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On this day in 1944, during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze (“divine wind”) suicide bombers against American warships for the first time. It will prove costly–to both sides. This decision to employ suicide bombers against the American fleet at Leyte, an island of the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:31 EST from rss

Subject: French troops celebrate recapture of Fort Douaumont at Verdun

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On October 25, 1916, French troops rejoice after recapturing Fort Douaumont, the preeminent fortress guarding the city of Verdun, under siege by the German army since the previous February. In February 1916, the walls of Verdun were defended by some 500,000 men stationed in two principal ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:24 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon vetoes War Powers Resolution

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President Nixon vetoes the War Powers Resolution, which would limit presidential power to commit armed forces abroad without Congressional approval. The bill, introduced by Senator Jacob K. Javits of New York, required the president to report to Congress within 48 hours after commitment of armed ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:23 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon suspends bombing of North Vietnam

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The White House orders a suspension of bombing above the 20th parallel as a signal of U.S. approval of recent North Vietnamese concessions at the secret peace talks in Paris. According to Nixon administration officials, the principal obstacle to a cease-fire was in Saigon. South Vietnamese ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:28 EST from rss

Subject: Wrestling legend Dan Gable is born

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On October 25, 1948, wrestling legend Don Gable is born in the tiny town of Waterloo, Iowa. His father was a real-estate salesman and former high-school wrestling star; his mother was a homemaker. In high school, Gable ran track, swam and played football and baseball. He didn’t devote himself to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:12 EST from rss

Subject: John Adams marries Abigail Smith

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On this day in 1764, future President John Adams marries Abigail Smith. This devoted couple’s prolific correspondence during their married life has provided entertainment and a glimpse of early American life for generations of history buffs. Future first lady Abigail Adams was the daughter of a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:12 EST from rss

Subject: Indians attack transcontinental railroad survey crew in Utah

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On this day in 1853, Paiute Indians attack U.S. Army Captain John W. Gunnison and his party of 37 soldiers and railroad surveyors near Sevier Lake, Utah. Gunnison and seven other men were killed, but the survey party continued with its work and eventually reported its findings to the United States ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:17:46 EST from rss

Subject: Henry Fielding becomes justice of the peace

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On this day, Henry Fielding, author of Tom Jones, is commissioned as justice of the peace for Westminster and Middlesex. In this role, he helped break up notorious criminal gangs. Fielding was born in April 1707 in Somerset, England, and attended Eton. However, he dropped out at age 17 and lost his ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:18 EST from rss

Subject: Russian military plane crashes into mountain

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On this day in 2000, a Russian military plane crashes into a mountain in Georgia, killing all 83 people on board. Poor visibility and pilot error caused the horrific crash. The Ilyushin-18 jet was built in 1968 and was used to transport military personnel. On October 25, a crew of 11 was flying 72 ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:33 EST from rss

Subject: Susan Smith reports a false carjacking to cover her murder

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Susan Smith reports that she was carjacked in South Carolina by a man who took her two small children in the backseat of her car. Although authorities immediately began searching for three-year-old Michael and one-year-old Alex, they could find no trace of them or of Smith’s car. After nine days of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:53 EST from rss

Subject: United States invades Grenada

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President Ronald Reagan, citing the threat posed to American nationals on the Caribbean nation of Grenada by that nation’s Marxist regime, orders the Marines to invade and secure their safety. There were nearly 1,000 Americans in Grenada at the time, many of them students at the island’s medical ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:27 EST from rss

Subject: The U.N. seats the People

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In a dramatic reversal of its long-standing commitment to the Nationalist Chinese government of Taiwan, and a policy of non-recognition of the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC), America’s U.N. representatives vote to seat the PRC as a permanent member. Over American objections, Taiwan was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:50 EST from rss

Subject: Keel of the Monitor laid

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On this day in 1861, signaling an important shift in the history of naval warfare, the keel of the Union ironclad Monitor is laid at Greenpoint, New York. Union Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles appointed an Ironclad Board when he heard rumors that the Confederates were trying to build an ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:14 EST from rss

Subject: Barney Oldfield defeats boxer Jack Johnson in Brooklyn auto race

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On October 25, 1910, white race car driver Barney Oldfield beats prizefighter Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world, in two five-mile car races in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Oldfield and Johnson had a history: Oldfield’s friend, the white heavyweight champ James ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:42 EST from rss

Subject: Congress petitions English king to address grievances

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On this day in 1774, the First Continental Congress sends a respectful petition to King George III to inform his majesty that if it had not been for the acts of oppression forced upon the colonies by the British Parliament, the American people would be standing behind British rule. Despite the ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:13:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Whitney Houston earns her first #1 hit with

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Talent, good looks and connections in high places—that’s a combination that might spell success for almost any aspiring pop star, and Whitney Houston had all three. Both beautiful and talented, Houston was the daughter of soul singer Cissy Houston and niece of pop star Dionne Warwick, and she ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:27:17 EST from rss

Subject: Erie Canal opens

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The Erie Canal opens, connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River. Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York, the driving force behind the project, led the opening ceremonies and rode the canal boat Seneca Chief from Buffalo to New York City. Work began on the waterway in ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:05 EST from rss

Subject: Infant receives baboon heart

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At Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, Dr. Leonard L. Bailey performs the first baboon-to-human heart transplant, replacing a 14-day-old infant girl’s defective heart with the healthy, walnut-sized heart of a young baboon. The infant, known as “Baby Fae,” was born with ...

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