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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:19 EST from rss

Subject: Sumter evades Wemyss in South Carolina

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On this day in 1780, British Major James Wemyss, commanding a force of 140 horsemen, attempts to surprise 300 South Carolina militiamen under General Thomas Sumter at Fishdam Ford, South Carolina. Instead of capturing Sumter as planned, Wemyss, “the second most hated man in the British army,” was ...

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

Subject: The Night of Broken Glass

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This day in 1938 saw the organized destruction of Jewish businesses and homes in Munich, as well as the beating and murder of Jewish men, women, and children. It was an exercise in terror that would be called “Kristallnacht,” or “the Night of Broken Glass,” because of the cost of broken glass in ...

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

Subject: Australian warship Sydney sinks German Emden

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On this day in 1914, in the first ever wartime action by an Australian warship, the cruiser Sydney sinks the German raider Emden in the Indian Ocean during the first autumn of World War I. When World War I broke out in the summer of 1914, the Emden was part of Germany’s East Asiatic Squadron, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:13 EST from rss

Subject: Playwright and activist hanged in Nigeria

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Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian playwright and environmental activist, is hanged in Nigeria along with eight other activists from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop). Saro-Wiwa, an outspoken critic of Nigeria’s military regime, was charged by the government with the 1994 murder of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:40 EST from rss

Subject: Hirohito crowned in Japan

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Two years after the death of his father, Michinomiya Hirohito is enthroned as the 124th Japanese monarch in an imperial line dating back to 660 B.C. Emperor Hirohito presided over one of the most turbulent eras in his nation’s history. From rapid military expansion beginning in 1931 to the crushing ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:49 EST from rss

Subject: Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior

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The SSEdmund Fitzgerald sinks 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior, taking all 29 crew members with her. At the time of its launch in 1958, the 729-foot-long freighter was the largest and fastest ship on the Great Lakes. The Edmund Fitzgerald began its last journey on ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:41 EST from rss

Subject: Sesame Street debuts

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On this day in 1969, “Sesame Street,” a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut. “Sesame Street,” with its memorable theme song (“Can you tell me how to get/How to get to Sesame Street”), went on to become the most ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:31 EST from rss

Subject: Remarque publishes All Quiet on the Western Front

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On this day in 1928, the first installment of All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque’s acclaimed novel of World War I, appears in the German magazine Vossische Zeitung. Remarque (born Erich Paul Remark) was born in 1898 in lower Saxony to a family of French ancestry; he enlisted in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:26 EST from rss

Subject: No U.S. combat fatalities reported

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For the first time in five years, no U.S. combat fatalities in Southeast Asia are reported for the previous week. This was a direct result of President Richard Nixon’s Vietnamization program, whereby the responsibility for the war was slowly shifted from U.S. combat forces to the South Vietnamese. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:50 EST from rss

Subject: McNamara says that U.S. has no plans to send combat troops to Vietnam

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At a news conference, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara says that the United States has no plans to send combat troops into Vietnam. When asked whether the United States intended to increase its activities in Vietnam, he replied, “Wait and see.” By 1969, more than 500,000 American troops were ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:20 EST from rss

Subject: Khmer Rouge forces attack Phnom Penh airport

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Communist forces bombard the airport at the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, killing 25 persons and wounding 30. This attack was another chapter in the Communist Khmer Rouge war against the government troops of Prime Minister Lon Nol. Nine airplanes were damaged in the attack. At the same time, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:13 EST from rss

Subject: Maryland gets a miracle in Miami

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On November 10, 1984, the University of Maryland’s backup quarterback Frank Reich throws six touchdown passes against the University of Miami in the second half of the Orange Bowl. The Terrapins, who had been losing 31-0 at the half, ended up winning the game 42-40. “In the first half, everything ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:30:52 EST from rss

Subject: Bush addresses the United Nations regarding terrorism

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On this day in 2001, in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George W. Bush addresses the United Nations to ask for the international community’s help in combating terrorism around the world. He also pledged to take the fight ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:44 EST from rss

Subject: Osage Indians cede Missouri and Arkansas lands

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In a decision that would eventually make them one of the wealthiest surviving Indian nations, the Osage Indians agree to abandon their lands in Missouri and Arkansas in exchange for a reservation in Oklahoma. The Osage were the largest tribe of the Southern Sioux Indians occupying what would later ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:01 EST from rss

Subject: Future country legend Conway Twitty earns a #1 hit as a rock-and-roll idol

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Between 1965 and his death in 1993, the legendary Conway Twitty placed an astonishing 40 #1 hits on the country-music charts. Indeed, no performer in the history of country music, including Garth Brooks, ever put together a stretch as dominant as Twitty did during the peak years of his career ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:25 EST from rss

Subject: Slaughterhouse-Five is burned in North Dakota

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On this day in 1973, newspapers report the burning of 36 copies of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut’s book was a combination of real events and science fiction. His hero, Billy Pilgrim, was a World War II soldier who witnessed the firebombing of Dresden, as had Vonnegut himself. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:46 EST from rss

Subject: Roy Scheider, star of Jaws, is born

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On this day in 1932, Roy Scheider, the actor best known for his role as the police chief of a community terrorized by a killer shark in director Steven Spielberg’s breakthrough movie, Jaws (1975), is born in Orange, New Jersey. In addition to Jaws, Scheider, a prominent Hollywood leading man during ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:22 EST from rss

Subject: Cargo ship suddenly sinks in Lake Superior

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On this day in 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members on board. It was the worst single accident in Lake Superior’s history. The ship weighed more than 13,000 tons and was 730 feet long. It was launched in 1958 as the biggest carrier in the Great Lakes ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:46 EST from rss

Subject: Judge reduces sentence in nanny murder case

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A Massachusetts judge reduces the second-degree murder conviction of British au pair Louise Woodward to involuntary manslaughter in the 1996 death of 8-and-a-half-month-old Matthew Eappen. Woodward, who had spent 279 days in jail, was sentenced to time served. The case generated enormous publicity ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:25 EST from rss

Subject: Leonid Brezhnev dies

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After 18 years as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Leonid Brezhnev dies on this day. His death signaled the end of a period of Soviet history marked by both stability and stagnation.Brezhnev came to power in 1964 when, along with Alexei Kosygin, he was successful in pushing Nikita ...

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