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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:15 EST from rss

Subject: Police search John Graham

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FBI agents search the home of John Graham, a chief suspect in the United Airlines plane explosion that killed all 44 people on board on November 1. The jet, which exploded shortly after departing from Denver, contained a hole near the cargo hold and traces of dynamite residue, suggesting that a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:08 EST from rss

Subject: Indiana Textbook Commission member charges that Robin Hood is communistic

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In an example of the absurd lengths to which the “Red Scare” in America is going, Mrs. Thomas J. White of the Indiana Textbook Commission, calls for the removal of references to the book Robin Hood from textbooks used by the state’s schools. Mrs. Young claimed ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:12 EST from rss

Subject: McClellan snubs Lincoln

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On this day in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln pays a late night visit to General George McClellan, who Lincoln had recently named general in chief of the Union army. The general retired to his chambers before speaking with the president. This was the most famous example of McClellan’s cavalier ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:32 EST from rss

Subject: Karen Silkwood dies in mysterious one-car crash

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On this day in 1974, 28-year-old Karen Silkwood is killed in a car accident near Crescent, Oklahoma, north of Oklahoma City. Silkwood worked as a technician at a plutonium plant operated by the Kerr-McGee Corporation, and she had been critical of the plant’s health and safety procedures. In ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:59 EST from rss

Subject: Patriots take Montreal

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On this day in 1775, Continental Army Brigadier General Richard Montgomery takes Montreal, Canada, without opposition. Montgomery’s victory owed its success in part to Ethan Allen’s disorganized defeat at the hand of British General and Canadian Royal Governor Guy Carleton at Montreal on September ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 07:42:36 EST from rss

Subject: Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated

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Near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington after a march to its site by thousands of veterans of the conflict. The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:25 EST from rss

Subject: Congress revises the Neutrality Act

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On this day in 1941, the United States Congress amends the Neutrality Act of 1935 to allow American merchant ships access to war zones, thereby putting U.S. vessels in the line of fire. In anticipation of another European war, and in pursuit of an isolationist foreign policy, Congress passed the ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:46 EDT from rss

Subject: British statesman expresses criticism of war effort

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On November 13, 1916, the British statesman Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, better known as the fifth Marquess of Lansdowne, writes a memorandum to the British cabinet questioning the direction of the Allied war effort in World War I. Born in 1845, Lord Lansdowne held various positions in ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:46 EST from rss

Subject: Walesa released from jail

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Lech Walesa, leader of communist Poland’s outlawed Solidarity movement, returns to his apartment in Gdansk after 11 months of internment in a remote hunting lodge near the Soviet border. Two days before, hundreds of supporters had begun a vigil outside his home upon learning that the founder of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:27 EST from rss

Subject: Apollo 12 lifts off

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Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the moon, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronauts Charles Conrad, Jr.; Richard F. Gordon, Jr.; and Alan L. Bean aboard. President Richard Nixon viewed the liftoff from Pad A at Cape Canaveral. He was the first president to ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:18 EST from rss

Subject: Moby-Dick published

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On this day in 1851, Moby-DickMoby-Dick is now considered a great classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: “Call me Ishmael.” Initially, though, the book about Captain Ahab and his quest for a giant white whale was a flop. Herman Melville was born ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:20 EST from rss

Subject: Ottoman Empire declares a holy war

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On November 14, 1914, in Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire, the religious leader Sheikh-ul-Islam declares an Islamic holy war on behalf of the Ottoman government, urging his Muslim followers to take up arms against Britain, France, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro in World War I. By the ...

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

Subject: Nixon promises Thieu that U.S. will continue to support South Vietnam

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One week after his re-election, President Richard Nixon extends to South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu his “absolute assurance” that the United States will “take swift and severe retaliatory action” if Hanoi violates the pending cease-fire once it is in place. Thieu responded with a list of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:38 EST from rss

Subject: Marine general killed in Vietnam

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Maj. Gen. Bruno Hochmuth, commander of the 3rd Marine Division, is killed when the helicopter in which he is travelling is shot down. He was the most senior U.S. officer to be killed in action in the war to date.

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:35 EST from rss

Subject: Major battle erupts in the Ia Drang Valley

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In the first major engagement of the war between regular U.S. and North Vietnamese forces, elements of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) fight a pitched battle with Communist main-force units in the Ia Drang Valley of the Central Highlands. On this morning, Lt. Col. Harold G. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:44 EST from rss

Subject: Plane crash devastates Marshall University

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On November 14, 1970, a chartered jet carrying most of the Marshall University football team clips a stand of trees and crashes into a hillside just two miles from the Tri-State Airport in Kenova, West Virginia. The team was returning from that day’s game, a 17-14 loss to East Carolina University. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:24 EST from rss

Subject: Kennedy publishes article on television and American politics

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On this day in 1959, an article written by Massachusetts senator and presidential hopeful John F. Kennedy appears in an issue of TV Guide. In it, Kennedy examined the influence of television, still a relatively new technology, on American political campaigns. In the article, Kennedy mused that ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:54 EST from rss

Subject: Franklin Leslie kills Billy

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On this day, the gunslinger Franklin “Buckskin” Leslie shoots the Billy “The Kid” Claiborne dead in the streets of Tombstone, Arizona. The town of Tombstone is best known today as the site of the infamous shootout at the O.K. Corral. In the 1880s, however, Tombstone was home to many gunmen who ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:42:13 EST from rss

Subject: American classical composer Aaron Copland is born in Brooklyn, New York

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On November 14, 1900, composer Aaron Copland is born in Brooklyn, New York. “The sound and the spirit of this music is so familiar to us that we think it must always have been,” Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, has said of the works of Aaron Copland. “But ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:55 EST from rss

Subject: Moby-Dick is published

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Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville. The book flopped, and it was many years before the book was recognized as an American classic. Melville was born in New York City in 1819. A childhood bout of scarlet fever left him with weakened eyes. At age 19, he became a cabin boy on a ship bound for Liverpool. He ...

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