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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:09 EST from rss

Subject: Soviet Union refuses to play Chile in World Cup Soccer

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The Soviet Union announces that, because of its opposition to the recent overthrow of the government of Chilean President Salvador Allende, it would not play a World Cup Soccer match against the Chilean team on November 21, if the match were held in Santiago. The International Football Federation ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:11 EST from rss

Subject: The General Lee jumps into history

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On this day in 1978, a stuntman on the Georgia set of “The Dukes of Hazzard”launches the show’s iconic automobile, a 1969 Dodge Charger named the General Lee, off a makeshift dirt ramp and over a police car. That jump, 16 feet high and 82 feet long (its landing totaled the car), made TV history. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:50 EST from rss

Subject: Ben McCulloch born

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On this day in 1811, Confederate General Benjamin McCulloch is born near Rutherford City, Tennessee. Raised in Tennessee, McCulloch followed his friends Davy Crockett and Sam Houston to Texas in 1835.An illnesskeptMcCulloch from joining Crockett at the Alamo, where its defenders, including ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:04 EST from rss

Subject: Poor leadership leads to Cherry Valley Massacre

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On this day in 1778, Patriot Colonel Ichabod Alden refuses to believe intelligence about an approaching hostile force. As a result, a combined force of Loyalists and Native Americans, attacking in the snow, killed more than 40 Patriots, including Alden, and took at least an additional 70 prisoners, ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:51 EST from rss

Subject: World War I ends

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At 11 o’clock in the morning of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the World War I–known at the time as the Great War–comes to an end. By the end of autumn 1918, the alliance of the Central Powers was unraveling in its war effort against the better supplied and coordinated Allied powers. ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:29 EST from rss

Subject: Draft age is lowered to 18

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On this day in 1942, Congress approves lowering the draft age to 18 and raising the upper limit to age 37. In September 1940, Congress, by wide margins in both houses, passed the Burke-Wadsworth Act, and the first peacetime draft was imposed in the history of the United States. The registration of ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:13:36 EDT from rss

Subject: Toby Keith has his third straight #1 country album with Shock

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Country singer Toby Keith’s sixth album Shock’n Y’all, his third-straight #1 country album, became his second-straight #1 pop album when it topped the Billboard 200 album chart on this day in 2003. (The title of the album was a pun on the so-called “Shock and Awe” bombing campaign that preceded the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:44 EST from rss

Subject: Voyager I flies near Saturn

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More than three years after its launch, the U.S. planetary probe Voyager 1 edges within 77,000 miles of Saturn, the second-largest planet in the solar system. The photos, beamed 950 million miles back to California, stunned scientists. The high-resolution images showed a world that seemed to ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:22 EST from rss

Subject: Japanese war criminals sentenced

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An international war crimes tribunal in Tokyo passes death sentences on seven Japanese military and government officials, including General Hideki Tojo, who served as premier of Japan from 1941 to 1944. Eight days before, the trial ended after 30 months with all 25 Japanese defendants being found ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:22 EST from rss

Subject: First meteor shower on record

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Andrew Ellicott Douglass, an early American astronomer born in Vermont, witnesses the Leonids meteor shower from a ship off the Florida Keys. Douglass, who later became an assistant to the famous astronomer Percival Lowell, wrote in his journal that the “whole heaven appeared as if illuminated with ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:10 EST from rss

Subject: Akihito enthroned as emperor of Japan

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Crown Prince Akihito, the 125th Japanese monarch along an imperial line dating back to 660 B.C., is enthroned as emperor of Japan two years after the death of his father. Akihito, the only son of the late Emperor Hirohito, was the first Japanese monarch to reign solely as an official figurehead. ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:28 EST from rss

Subject: Ellis Island closes

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On this day in 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, an estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor off the New Jersey coast and named ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:34 EST from rss

Subject: Seymour Hersh breaks My Lai story

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Seymour Hersh, an independent investigative journalist, in a cable filed through Dispatch News Service and picked up by more than 30 newspapers, reveals the extent of the U.S. Army’s charges against 1st Lt. William L. Calley at My Lai. Hersh wrote: “The Army says he [Calley] deliberately murdered ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:22 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon sets new deadline for next troop withdrawal

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President Richard Nixon sets February 1, 1972, as the deadline for the withdrawal of an additional 45,000 U.S. troops. U.S. troop withdrawals had begun in the fall of 1969. After the February withdrawals were complete, the total U.S. force strength in South Vietnam was 139,000. Nixon said that ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:46 EST from rss

Subject: Pudge Heffelfinger becomes first pro football player

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On November 12, 1892, William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player when Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Athletic Association pays him $500 to play as a ringer in a game against its rival Pittsburgh Athletic Club. Before Heffelfinger, players had traded their services on the ...

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

Subject: Carter shuts down oil imports from Iran

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On this day in 1979, President Jimmy Carter responds to a potential threat to national security by stopping the importation of petroleum from Iran. Earlier that month, on November 4, 66 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran had been taken hostage by a radical Islamic group. The alarming event led ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:27 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. reconsiders war with Plains Indians

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After more than a decade of ineffective military campaigns and infamous atrocities, a conference begins at Fort Laramie to discuss alternative solutions to the “Indian problem” and to initiate peace negotiations with the Sioux. The United States had been fighting periodic battles with Sioux and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:53 EST from rss

Subject: DeWitt Wallace, founder of Reader

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On this day in 1889, DeWitt Wallace is born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to a minister and his wife. After high school, Wallace worked in a bank and began keeping an index-card file of his favorite magazine articles. He later attended the University of California at Berkeley. While visiting friends in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:18 EST from rss

Subject: William Holden, star of Sunset Boulevard and Network, dies

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On this day in 1981, the actor William Holden, who starred in such movies as Sunset Boulevard, Stalag 17 and Network, dies at the age of 63 in his Santa Monica, California home. The Academy Award-winning actor reportedly died after falling and hitting his head; his body was found several days ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:07 EST from rss

Subject: Plane crashes in Rockaway, New York

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An American Airlines flight out of John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York City crashes into a Queens neighborhood after takeoff on this day in 2001, killing 265 people. Although some initially speculated that the crash was the result of terrorism, as it came exactly two months after the ...

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