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[#] Tue Jun 15 2010 06:11:43 EDT from rss

Subject: Samuel Barber

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The American composer Samuel Barber (born in 1910 in West Chester, Pennsylvania) was only 27 years old when he wrote the piece of music that would come to define his entire career. He would live to be 70, and he would win two Pulitzer Prizes for works composed during his final three decades, but ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:10:00 EST from rss

Subject: Mughal victory assures Akbar

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Fifty miles north of Delhi, a Mughal army defeats the forces of Hemu, a Hindu general who was trying to usurp the Mughal throne from 14-year-old Akbar, the recently proclaimed emperor. The Mughals, whose culture blended Perso-Islamic and regional Indian elements, established an empire in the north ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:39 EST from rss

Subject: Wilson wins landslide victory

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Democrat Woodrow Wilson is elected the 28th president of the United States, with Thomas R. Marshall as vice president. In a landslide Democratic victory, Wilson won 435 electoral votes against the eight won by Republican incumbent William Howard Taft and the 88 won by Progressive Party candidate ...

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

Subject: King James learns of gunpowder plot

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Early in the morning, King James I of England learns that a plot to explode the Parliament building has been foiled, hours before he was scheduled to sit with the rest of the British government in a general parliamentary session. At about midnight on the night of November 4-5, Sir Thomas Knyvet, a ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:26 EST from rss

Subject: Jewish extremist assassinated in New York

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Meir Kahane, an American-born rabbi and founder of the far-right Kach movement, is shot dead in New York City. Egyptian El Sayyid Nosair was later charged with the murder but acquitted in a state trial. The federal government later decided that the killing was part of a larger terrorist conspiracy ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:21 EST from rss

Subject: An American Nobel Prize in Literature

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Sinclair Lewis is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters.” Lewis, born in Sauk Center, Minnesota, was the first American to win the distinguished award. Lewis established his ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:30 EST from rss

Subject: George Selden patents gas-powered car

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On November 5, 1895, Rochester attorney George Selden wins U.S. Patent No. 549,160 for an “improved road engine” powered by a “liquid-hydrocarbon engine of the compression type.” With that, as far as the government was concerned, George Selden had invented the car–though he had never built a single ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:48 EST from rss

Subject: George Foreman becomes oldest heavyweight champ

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On this day in 1994, George Foreman, age 45, becomes boxing’s oldest heavyweight champion when he defeats 26-year-old Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas. More than 12,000 spectators at the MGM Grand Hotel watched Foreman dethrone Moorer, who went into the fight with a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:30 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. combat deaths down

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U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam reports the lowest weekly death toll in five years. Twenty-four Americans died in combat during the last week of October, the fifth consecutive week that the U.S. death toll was under 50. Although the numbers of American dead were down, 431 were wounded ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:25 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon wins presidential election

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Eight years after being defeated by John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election, Richard Nixon defeats Hubert H. Humphrey and is elected president. Two years after losing to Kennedy, Nixon ran for governor of California and lost in a bitter campaign against Edmund G. (“Pat”) Brown. Most political ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:34 EST from rss

Subject: George Foreman becomes oldest heavyweight champ in history

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On November 5, 1994, 45-year-old George Foreman knocks out 26-year-old Michael Moorer and becomes the oldest heavyweight champ in the history of boxing. Foreman had been the champ once before, until Muhammed Ali took the belt from him in 1974’s “Rumble in the Jungle,” but he’d taken 10 years off ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:42 EST from rss

Subject: George W. Bush marries Laura Welch in Midland, Texas

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On this day in 1977, 31-year-old future President George W. Bush marries 33-year-old Laura Welch at the First United Methodist Church in her hometown of Midland, Texas. Bush was the son of George H.W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States. Both father and son worked in the oil business in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:15:59 EST from rss

Subject: 300 Santee Sioux sentenced to hang in Minnesota

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On this day in Minnesota, more than 300 Santee Sioux are found guilty of raping and murdering Anglo settlers and are sentenced to hang. A month later, President Abraham Lincoln commuted all but 39 of the death sentences. One of the Indians was granted a last-minute reprieve, but the other 38 were ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:52 EST from rss

Subject: Willa Cather starts writing for the Nebraska State Journal

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On this day, columns by the 20-year-old Willa Cather begin appearing in the Nebraska State Journal. Cather was the first of seven children born to an old Virginia family dating back to colonial times. Her maternal grandfather served several terms in the Virginia House of Delegates. Her grandmother ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:20 EST from rss

Subject: Writers strike stalls production of TV shows, movies

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On this day in 2007, members of the Writers Guild of America, East, and Writers Guild of America, West—labor organizations representing television, film and radio writers—go on strike in Los Angeles and New York after negotiations break down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:04 EST from rss

Subject: Philippines struggles with severe flooding

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On this day in 1991, Tropical Storm Thelma causes severe and massive floods in the Philippines, killing nearly 3,000 people. It is the second major disaster of the year for the island nation, as it comes on the heels of the violent June 12 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. The storm dubbed Thelma (or ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:56 EST from rss

Subject: Richard Nixon elected president

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Winning one of the closest elections in U.S. history, Republican challenger Richard Nixon defeats Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Because of the strong showing of third-party candidate George Wallace, neither Nixon nor Humphrey received more than 50 percent of the popular vote; Nixon beat Humphrey ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:04 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln removes McClellan

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On this day in 1862,a tortured relationship ends when President Abraham Lincoln removes General George B. McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac. McClellan ably built the army in the early stages of the war but was a sluggish and paranoid field commander who seemed unable to muster the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:32 EST from rss

Subject: Washington condemns Guy Fawkes festivities

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On this day in 1775, Continental Army commander in chief General George Washington condemns his troops’ planned celebration of the British anti-Catholic holiday, Guy Fawkes Night, as he was simultaneously struggling to win French-Canadian Catholics to the Patriot cause. In his general orders for ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:01 EST from rss

Subject: FDR re-elected president

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On this day in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is re-elected for an unprecedented third term as president of the United States. Roosevelt was elected to a third term with the promise of maintaining American neutrality as far as foreign wars were concerned: “Let no man or woman thoughtlessly or ...

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