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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:05 EST from rss

Subject: Post office stays in the Franklin family

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On this day in 1776, Congress chooses Richard Bache to succeed his father-in-law, Benjamin Franklin, as postmaster general. Franklin had sailed for France on behalf of the Continental Congress the previous month. Benjamin Franklin invested nearly 40 years in the establishment of a reliable system ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:59 EST from rss

Subject: Soviet master spy is hanged by the Japanese

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On this day in 1944, Richard Sorge, a half-Russian, half-German Soviet spy, who had used the cover of a German journalist to report on Germany and Japan for the Soviet Union, is hanged by his Japanese captors. Sorge fought in World War I in the German army, and then earned his doctorate in ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:39 EST from rss

Subject: First issue of The New Republic published

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On this day in 1914, while World War I rages in Europe, the first issue of a new weekly magazine, The New Republic, is published in the United States. The New Republic’s editorial board was presided over by the journalist Herbert Croly, author of the influential 1909 book The Promise of American ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 12:07:33 EDT from rss

Subject: Beer Hall Putsch begins

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Adolf Hitler, president of the far-right Nazi Party, launches the Beer Hall Putsch, his first attempt at seizing control of the German government. After World War I, the victorious allies demanded billions of dollars in war reparations from Germany. Efforts by Germany’s democratic government to ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:13:32 EDT from rss

Subject: Salvatore

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If you had made a friendly wager back in 1974 as to which recent or current pop-music figure might go on to serve in the United States Congress in 20 years’ time, you might have picked someone with an apparent political agenda, like Joan Baez, or at least one who was associated with some kind of ...

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

Subject: The Republican Revolution

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For the first time in 40 years, the Republican Party wins control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in midterm congressional elections. Led by Representative Newt Gingrich of Georgia, who subsequently replaced Democrat Tom Foley of Washington as speaker of the House, the ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:49 EST from rss

Subject: German scientist discovers X-rays

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On this day in 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (1845-1923) becomes the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields, most of all medicine, by making the invisible visible. Rontgen’s discovery occurred accidentally in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:30 EST from rss

Subject: Lawrence Joel earns Medal of Honor

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For action this day in the Iron Triangle northwest of Saigon, Specialist Five Lawrence Joel, a medic with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade earns the Medal of Honor, becoming the first living African American since the Spanish-American War to receive the nation’s ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:30 EST from rss

Subject: Yogi Berra is the AL MVP

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On November 8, 1951, Yankees catcher Yogi Berra is voted the American League’s most valuable player for the first time in his career. St. Louis Browns’ ace pitcher and slugger Ned Garver almost won the award–in fact, a representative from the Baseball Writers Association of America phoned him and ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:18 EST from rss

Subject: FDR broadcasts message to Vichy France leader Marshal Petain

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On this day in 1942, just as the Allies were preparing an invasion of North Africa during World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt broadcasts a message directed at Vichy France and its leader Marshal Petain. Petain, who chose to collaborate with the Germans in 1940 rather than fight them, was ...

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

Subject: Doc Holliday dies of tuberculosis

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On this day, Doc Holliday–gunslinger, gambler, and occasional dentist–dies from tuberculosis. Though he was perhaps most famous for his participation in the shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, John Henry “Doc” Holliday earned his bad reputation well before that famous feud. Born in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:50 EST from rss

Subject: Margaret Mitchell is born

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On this day in 1900, Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind (1936), is born in Atlanta, Georgia. Mitchell worked as a journalist for the Atlanta Journal for six years. She quit after an ankle injury limited her mobility, and she devoted herself to her novel about the South during and after ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:14 EST from rss

Subject: Dracula creator Bram Stoker born

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On this day in 1847, Bram Stoker, author of the horror novel “Dracula,” is born in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. Stoker’s villainous, blood-sucking creation, the vampire Count Dracula, became a pop-culture icon and has been featured in hundreds of movies, books, plays and other forms of entertainment. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:31 EST from rss

Subject: Hurricane Gordon is born

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The storm that would become Hurricane Gordon forms in the Gulf of Mexico east of Costa Rica on this day in 1994. Although it spent far more time as a tropical storm than as a hurricane, Gordon went on to kill as many as a thousand people in Central America, the Caribbean and South Florida. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:34 EST from rss

Subject: Ted Bundy botches an abduction attempt

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Salt Lake City, Utah, resident Carol DaRonch narrowly escapes being abducted by serial killer Ted Bundy. DaRonch had been shopping at a mall when a man claiming to be a police detective told her that there was an attempted theft of her car and she needed to file a police report. Despite her ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:10 EST from rss

Subject: John F. Kennedy elected president

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John F. Kennedy becomes the youngest man ever to be elected president of the United States, narrowly beating Republican Vice President Richard Nixon. He was also the first Catholic to become president.The campaign was hard fought and bitter. For the first time, presidential candidates engaged in ...

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

Subject: Lincoln reelected

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On this day in 1864, Northern voters overwhelmingly endorse the leadership and policies of President Abraham Lincoln when they elect him to a second term. With his re-election, any hope for a negotiated settlement with the Confederacy vanished. In 1864, Lincoln faced many challenges to his ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:08 EST from rss

Subject: Sun sets on the Ford Rotunda

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On this day in 1962, the famous Ford Rotunda stands in Dearborn, Michigan for the last time: the next day, it is destroyed in a massive fire. Some 1.5 million people visited the Rotunda each year, making it the fifth most popular tourist attraction in the U.S. (behind Niagara Falls, Smokey Mountain ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:38 EST from rss

Subject: Washington seeks to make militias into a military

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On this day in 1775, General George Washington seeks to resolve several problems facing the army: how to encourage experienced troops to enlist, how to assemble a capable officer corps and how to overcome provincial differences and rivalries. Describing the problems, he wrote, “Connecticut wants no ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:10 EST from rss

Subject: New Russian leader Lenin calls for immediate armistice

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On November 8, 1917, one day after an armed uprising led by his radical socialist Bolsheviks toppled the provisional Russian government, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin rises before the newly formed All-Russian Congress of Soviets to call for an immediate armistice with the Central Powers in World War I. ...

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