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[#] Tue Mar 16 2010 11:16:16 EDT from rss

Subject: Aaron Copland

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Born and raised in the same urban, early-20th-century milieu that produced Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and George and Ira Gershwin, the great and quintessentially American composer Aaron Copland was trained in the classics but steeped in the jazz and popular Jewish music that surrounded him in ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:42 EST from rss

Subject: Queen of American high society dies

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Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, wife of William Waldorf Astor, the wealthy newspaper proprietor, dies at the age of 78. Even before her union with William Astor—the grandson of the American fur magnate John Jacob Astor—Caroline Schermerhorn was prime American aristocracy: She was the daughter of a ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:40 EST from rss

Subject: Quebec separatists narrowly defeated

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By a bare majority of 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent, citizens of the province of Quebec vote to remain within the federation of Canada. The referendum asked Quebec’s citizens, the majority of whom are French-speakers, to vote whether their province should begin the process that could make it ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:25 EST from rss

Subject: The World

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October 30, 1893 is the last day of Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition, a great fair that celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the New World and offered fairgoers a chance to see the first gas-powered motorcar in the United States: the Daimler quadricycle. The exposition ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:42 EST from rss

Subject: Marines repel attack near Da Nang.

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Just miles from Da Nang, U.S. Marines repel an intense attack by successive waves of Viet Cong troops and kill 56 guerrillas. A search of the dead uncovered a sketch of Marine positions written on the body of a 13-year-old Vietnamese boy who had been selling drinks to the Marines the previous day. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:51 EST from rss

Subject: Heavy monsoon rains hit Vietnam

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Fighting in the five northern-most provinces comes to a virtual halt as the worst monsoon rains in six years strikes the region. The resultant floods killed 293 people and left more than 200,000 homeless.

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:22 EST from rss

Subject: Muhammad Ali wins the Rumble in the Jungle

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On October 30, 1974, 32-year-old Muhammad Ali becomes the heavyweight champion of the world for the second time when he knocks out 25-year-old champ George Foreman in the eighth round of the “Rumble in the Jungle,” a match in Kinshasa, Zaire. Seven years before, Ali had lost his title when the ...

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

Subject: John Adams is born

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On this day in 1735, John Adams, the son of a farmer and a descendant of Plymouth Rock pilgrims, is born in Braintree, Massachusetts. He enrolled in Harvard University at16 and went on to teach school and study law before becoming America’s second president. Adams did not fight in the Revolutionary ...

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

Subject: The city of Helena, Montana, is founded after miners discover gold

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On this day in 1864, the town of Helena, Montana, is founded by four gold miners who struck it rich at the appropriately named “Last Chance Gulch.” The first major Anglo settlement of Montana had begun just two years before in the summer of 1862, when prospectors found a sizeable deposit of placer ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:57 EST from rss

Subject: Sense and Sensibility is published

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On this day in 1811, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility is published anonymously. A small circle of people, including the Price Regent, learned Austen’s identity, but most of the British public knew only that the popular book had been written “by a Lady.” Austen was born in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:46 EST from rss

Subject: Henry

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On this day in 1945, Henry Winkler, a classically trained actor who will become best known for his role as one of the most popular TV characters of the 1970s—the leather-clad ladies man Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the long-running sitcom Happy Days—is born in New York City. From 1974 to 1984, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:02 EST from rss

Subject: Perfect storm hits North Atlantic

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On this day in 1991, the so-called “perfect storm” hits the North Atlantic producing remarkably large waves along the New England and Canadian coasts. Over the next several days, the storm spread its fury over the ocean off the coast of Canada. The fishing boat Andrea Gail and its six-member crew ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:07 EST from rss

Subject: Oakland, California, enacts anti-drug law

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Oakland, California, enacts a law against opium, morphine, and cocaine. The new regulations allowed only doctors to prescribe these drugs, which, until then, had been legal for cures or pain relief. Reflecting a general trend at the time, Oakland was only one of the jurisdictions across the country ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:49 EST from rss

Subject: Eisenhower approves NSC 162/2

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On October 30, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally approves National Security Council Paper No. 162/2 (NSC 162/2). The top secret document made clear that America’s nuclear arsenal must be maintained and expanded to meet the communist threat. It also made clear the connection between ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:17 EST from rss

Subject: Ormsby MacKnight Mitchell dies

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On this day in 1862, Union General Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel, commander of the Department of the South, diesin Beaufort, South Carolina. Born in Kentucky in 1809 or 1810, Mitchel grew up in Lebanon, Ohio. He attended West Point, where he excelled in mathematics,and graduated in 1829 along with ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:44 EST from rss

Subject: Naval committee established by Congress

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On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress appoints seven members to serve on an administrative naval committee tasked with the acquisition, outfitting and manning of a naval fleet to be used in defense against the British. Almost two weeks earlier, on October 13, 1775, Congress had authorized ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:12 EST from rss

Subject: Ottoman Empire signs treaty with Allies

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On October 30, 1918, aboard the British battleship Agamemnon, anchored in the port of Mudros on the Aegean island of Lemnos, representatives of Great Britain and the Ottoman Empire sign an armistice treaty marking the end of Ottoman participation in the First World War. Though the Ottoman Empire—in ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:33 EST from rss

Subject: FDR approves Lend-Lease aid to the USSR

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On this day in 1941, President Roosevelt, determined to keep the United States out of the war while helping those allies already mired in it, approves $1 billion in Lend-Lease loans to the Soviet Union. The terms: no interest and repayment did not have to start until five years after the war was ...

[#] Thu Oct 29 2009 10:54:14 EDT from rss

Subject: Welles scares nation

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Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds”—a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth. Orson Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company decided to update H.G. Wells’ 19th-century science fiction novel War of the Worlds for ...

[#] Mon Jul 18 2011 06:30:27 EDT from rss

Subject: Winfield Scott steps down

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Citing failing health, General Winfield Scott, commander of the Union forces, retires from service on this day in 1861. The hero of the Mexican War recognized early in the Civil War that his health and advancing years were a liability in the daunting task of directing the Federal war effort. Scott ...

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