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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:24 EST from rss

Subject: Scott Peterson convicted

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On this day in 2004, Scott Peterson is convicted of murdering his wife Laci and their unborn son. A jury of six men and six women delivered the verdict 23 months after Laci Peterson, who was pregnant, disappeared on Christmas Eve from Modesto, California. The case captivated millions across ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:34 EST from rss

Subject: High school sweethearts murder their newborn child

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Young lovers Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson check into a Delaware motel. During their stay, Grossberg gave birth to a 6 pound, 2 ounce baby. When the infant was later found dead in a trash container behind the motel, the strange and unsettling story drew national attention. Grossberg and Peterson ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:03:02 EST from rss

Subject: Yuri Andropov assumes power in the Soviet Union

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Following the death of long-time Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev two days earlier, Yuri Andropov is selected as the new general secretary of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. It was the culmination of a long, but steady march up the Communist Party hierarchy for Andropov.Born in Russia in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:50 EST from rss

Subject: The destruction of Atlanta begins

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On this day in 1864, Union General William T. Sherman orders the business district of Atlanta, Georgia,destroyed before he embarks on his famous March to the Sea. When Sherman captured Atlanta in early September 1864, he knew that he could not remain there for long. His tenuous supply line ran from ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:17 EST from rss

Subject: Goldenrod sets the land-speed record

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On this day in 1965, brothers Bill and Bob Summers set a world land-speed record—409.277 miles per hour—on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. They did it in an amazing, hemi-powered hot rod they called the Goldenrod. (The car got its name from the ’57 Chevy gold paint the brothers used.) Today, the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:20 EST from rss

Subject: Brits sink the battleship Tirpit

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On this day in 1944, 32 British Lancaster bombers attack and sink the mighty German battleship Tirpitz. In January 1942, Hitler ordered the Germany navy to base the Tirpitz in Norway, in order to attack Soviet convoys transporting supplies from Iceland to the ...

[#] Thu Oct 29 2009 11:04:32 EDT from rss

Subject: Abigail Adams leads rhetorical charge against Britain

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Upon hearing of England’s rejection of the so-called Olive Branch Petition on this day in 1775, Abigail Adams writes to her husband, “Let us separate, they are unworthy to be our Brethren. Let us renounce them and instead of supplications as formerly for their prosperity and happiness, Let us ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:18 EDT from rss

Subject: Allied fleet enters Dardanelles

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On November 12, 1918, one day after an armistice ended World War I, the Allied fleet passes through the Dardanelles, the narrow strait running between Europe and Asia that had in 1915 been the site of a disastrous Allied naval operation. As the only waterway between the Black Sea in the east and ...

[#] Mon Aug 30 2010 12:43:06 EDT from rss

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If you were entirely out of touch with the contemporary music scene in the fall of 1999, you could still have tuned into most episodes of Saturday Night Live during its 25th season and recognized the names of musical guests like David Bowie, Sting and R.E.M. But even those with a finger on the ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:58:15 EDT from rss

Subject: East Pakistan devastated by cylcone

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Tidal waves and storm surges strike the shores of the Ganges Delta, wreaking lethal damage on the people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). A 100-mph tropical cyclone spurred the deadly flood of ocean water that washed over scores of coastal islands and devastated the densely populated delta ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:49:03 EDT from rss

Subject: First presidential tour concludes

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George Washington, inaugurated as the first president of the United States in April, returns to Washington at the end of his first presidential tour. For four weeks, Washington traveled by stagecoach through New England, visiting all the northern states that had ratified the U.S. Constitution. ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:16 EST from rss

Subject: The eruption of Nevado del Ruiz

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Nevado del Ruiz, the highest active volcano in the Andes Mountains of Colombia, suffers a mild eruption that generates a series of lava flows and surges over the volcano’s broad ice-covered summit. Flowing mixtures of water, ice, pumice, and other rock debris poured off the summit and sides of the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:13 EST from rss

Subject: President receives optimistic reports

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President Lyndon Johnson is briefed on the situation in Vietnam by Gen. William Westmoreland, Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, and Robert W. Komer, the head of the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support program. They painted an optimistic picture that led Johnson to state on television ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:37 EST from rss

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In Washington, as a prelude to the second moratorium against the war scheduled for the following weekend, protesters stage a symbolic “March Against Death.” The march began at 6 p.m. and drew over 45,000 participants, each with a placard bearing the name of a soldier who had died in Vietnam. The ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:13 EST from rss

Subject: Darryl Dawkins breaks his first backboard

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On November 13, 1979, in the middle of a game at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Philadelphia 76ers center Darryl Dawkins leaps over Kansas City Kings forward Bill Robinzine and slam-dunks the basketball, shattering the fiberglass backboard. The result, according to people who were at the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:19 EST from rss

Subject: Truman announces inquiry into Jewish settlement in Palestine

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On this day in 1945, President Harry Truman announces the establishment of a panel of inquiry to look into the settlement of Jews in Palestine. In the last weeks of World War II, the Allies liberated one death camp after another in which the German Nazi regime had held and slaughtered millions of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:12 EST from rss

Subject: Ballinger-Pinchot scandal erupts

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The Ballinger-Pinchot scandal erupts when Colliers magazine accuses Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of shady dealings in Alaskan coal lands. It is, in essence, a conflict rooted in contrasting ideas about how to best use and conserve western natural resources. Ballinger was an appointee ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:54 EST from rss

Subject: Robert Louis Stevenson is born

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On this day in 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is born in Scotland. Stevenson studied civil engineering and law, but decided to pursue a career as a writer and began publishing essays and travel pieces. His decision alienated his parents, who ...

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

Subject: Whoopi Goldberg born

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On this day in 1955, the actress, comedian and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg is born in New York City. Goldberg earned an Oscar nomination for her Hollywood feature debut in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple (1985) and went on become the first-ever solo female host of the Academy Awards. Born ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:33 EST from rss

Subject: Tidal wave ravages East Pakistan

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An immense tidal wave and storm surge caused by a powerful cyclone kills over 200,000 people in East Pakistan, now known as Bangladesh, on this day in 1970. The delta area where the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers flow into the Bay of Bengal is particularly vulnerable to this type of storm. In fact, ...

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