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[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:47 EDT from rss

Subject: British victory at Passchendaele

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After more than three months of bloody combat, the Third Battle of Ypres effectively comes to an end on November 6, 1917, with a hard-won victory by British and Canadian troops at the Belgian village of Passchendaele. Launched on July 31, 1917, the Third Battle of Ypres was spearheaded by the ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:14:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Tacoma Bridge collapses

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Only four months after its completion, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State suffers a spectacular collapse. When it opened in 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was the third-longest suspension bridge in the world. Built to replace the ferry system that took commuters from Tacoma across the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:12 EST from rss

Subject: Two African American firsts in politics

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In New York, former Manhattan borough president David Dinkins, a Democrat, is elected New York City’s first African American mayor, while in Virginia, Lieutenant Governor Douglas Wilder, also a Democrat, becomes the first elected African American state governor in American history. Although Wilder ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:00 EST from rss

Subject: FDR reelected a record third time

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Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt is reelected president of the United States for a record third time, handily defeating his Republican challenger, Thomas Dewey, the governor of New York, and becoming the first and only president in history to win a fourth term in office. Roosevelt, a fifth cousin to ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:15 EST from rss

Subject: Canada

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At a remote spot called Craigellachie in the mountains of British Columbia, the last spike is driven into Canada’s first transcontinental railway. In 1880, the Canadian government contracted the Canadian Pacific Railroad to construct the first all-Canadian line to the West Coast. During the next ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:13 EST from rss

Subject: Magic Johnson announces he is HIV-positive

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On this day in 1991, basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson stuns the world by announcing his sudden retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers, after testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. At the time, many Americans viewed AIDS as a gay white man’s disease. Johnson (1959- ), who is ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:38 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. intelligence asserts numbers of North Vietnamese in South Vietnam growing

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The latest U.S. intelligence analysis claims that Communist forces in South Vietnam now include about 30,000 professional full-time soldiers, many of whom are North Vietnamese. Before this, it was largely reported that the war was merely an internal insurgent movement in South Vietnam opposed to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:20 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon re-elected president

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Richard Nixon defeats Senator George McGovern (D-South Dakota) and is re-elected President of the United States. With only 55 percent of the electorate voting, the lowest turnout since 1948, Nixon carried all states but Massachusetts, taking 97 percent of the electoral votes. During the campaign, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:51 EST from rss

Subject: McNamara shouted down at Harvard speech

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Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara faces a storm of student protest when he visits Harvard University to address a small group of students. As he left a dormitory, about 100 demonstrators shouted at him and demanded a debate. When McNamara tried to speak, supporters of the Students for a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:07 EST from rss

Subject: Magic Johnson announces he has HIV

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On November 7, 1991, basketball legend Magic Johnson holds a press conference to announce that he has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and is retiring from the L.A. Lakers. From then on, he said, he would focus on staying healthy and on helping people—especially young people—understand the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:27 EST from rss

Subject: FDR wins unprecedented fourth term

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On this day in 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected to an unprecedented fourth term in office. FDR remains the only president to have served more than two terms. Roosevelt rose above personal and political challenges to emerge as one of the nation’s most revered and influential ...

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

Subject: Jeannette Rankin becomes first U.S. congresswoman

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On this day in 1916, Montana suffragist Jeannette Rankin is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the first woman in the history of the nation to win a seat in the federal Congress. Born and raised on a ranch near Missoula, Montana, Rankin was the daughter of progressive parents who ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:58 EST from rss

Subject: Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is born

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“The moment I began to write, my music was not folk music.” Performing solo with her acoustic guitar and long, straight, blond hair, the woman born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada, on this day in 1943, may have looked the part, but in truth the only category that fits the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:13 EST from rss

Subject: French novelist Albert Camus is born

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On this day, Albert Camus, future Nobel Prize winner, is born in Algiers to a working-class family. Camus was a good student and a dedicated athlete who won a scholarship to a prestigious French high school in Algiers. His sporting endeavors were ended at age 17 by an attack of tuberculosis. ...

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

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On this day in 1980, the actor Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood’s leading men of the 1960s and 1970s and the star of such action thrillers as Bullitt and The Towering Inferno, dies at the age of 50 in Mexico, where he was undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer. In 1979, McQueen had been ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:30 EST from rss

Subject: Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses

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The Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses due to high winds on this day in 1940. Fortunately, only a dog was killed. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge was built in Washington during the 1930s and opened to traffic on July 1, 1940. It spanned the Puget Sound from Gig Harbor to Tacoma, which is 40 miles south of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:23 EST from rss

Subject: A family is brutally murdered

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David Hendricks, a businessman traveling in Wisconsin, calls police in Bloomington, Illinois, to request that they check on his house and family. According to Hendricks, no one had answered the phone all weekend and he was worried. When the police and neighbors searched the home the next day, they ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:56 EST from rss

Subject: Gaither Report calls for more U.S. missiles and fallout shelters

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The final report from a special committee called by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to review the nation’s defense readiness indicates that the United States is falling far behind the Soviets in missile capabilities, and urges a vigorous campaign to build fallout shelters to protect American ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:15 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Belmont, Missouri

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On this day in 1861, Union forces under Ulysses S. Grant overrun a Confederate camp at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri, but are forced to flee when additional Confederate troops arrive. Although Grant claimed victory, the Union gained no ground and left the Confederates in firm control of that ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:06 EST from rss

Subject: Art Arfons sets land-speed record

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On November 7, 1965, a drag racer from Ohio named Art Arfons sets the land-speed record—an average 576.553 miles per hour—at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. (Record speeds are the average of two runs, one out and one back, across a measured mile.) Arfons drove a jet-powered machine, known as the ...

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