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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:53 EST from rss

Subject: Cary Grant stars in Hitchcock

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On this day in 1941, Suspicion, a romantic thriller starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, makes its debut. The film, which earned a Best Picture Academy Award nomination and a Best Actress Oscar for Fontaine, marked the first time that Grant, one of Hollywood’s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:55 EST from rss

Subject: Volcano erupts in Colombia and buries nearby towns

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On this day in 1985, a volcano erupts in Colombia, killing well over 20,000 people as nearby towns are buried in mud, ice and lava. The Nevado del Ruiz volcano is situated in the north-central part of Colombia. Over the centuries, various eruptions caused the formation of large mudflows in the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:39 EST from rss

Subject: Ivan Boesky confesses to illegal stock trading activity

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Wall Street arbitrageur Ivan Boesky pleads guilty to insider trading and agrees to pay a $100 million fine and cooperate with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation. “Boesky Day,” as the SEC would later call it, was crucial in exposing a nationwide scandal at the heart of the ’80s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:52 EST from rss

Subject: United States gives military and economic aid to communist Yugoslavia

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In a surprising turn of events, President Harry Truman asks Congress for U.S. military and economic aid for the communist nation of Yugoslavia. The action was part of the U.S. policy to drive a deeper wedge between Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union.Yugoslavia ended World War II with the communist ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:58 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln approves Burnside

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On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln approves of General Ambrose Burnside’s plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia. This was an ill-fated move, as it led to the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginiain December 1862, in which the Army of the Potomac was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:36 EST from rss

Subject: Last day for Texas

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On November 14, 2006, state officials close the last two of Texas’ famed Pig Stand restaurants, the only remaining pieces of the nation’s first drive-in restaurant empire. The restaurants’ owners were bankrupt, and they owed the Texas comptroller more than $200,000 in unpaid sales taxes. A Dallas ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:15 EST from rss

Subject: Benjamin Franklin takes sides

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On this day in 1776, the St. James Chronicle of London carries an item announcing “The very identical Dr. Franklyn [Benjamin Franklin], whom Lord Chatham [former leading parliamentarian and colonial supporter William Pitt] so much caressed, and used to say he was proud in calling his friend, is now ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:07 EST from rss

Subject: Germans bomb Coventry

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On this day in 1940, German bombers devastate the English city of Coventry, demolishing tens of thousands of buildings and killing hundreds of men, women, and children. The verb “Koventrieren” (to Coventrate) passed into the German language, meaning “to annihilate or reduce to rubble.” On November ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 07:06:49 EDT from rss

Subject: Leonard Bernstein

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At a time when classical music received nearly as much coverage as professional sports in the popular press, it was major news indeed when an unknown 25-year-old led the nation’s most important symphony orchestra in a Carnegie Hall concert broadcast live to a radio audience in the millions. For ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:09:54 EST from rss

Subject: Baby Fae dies

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“Baby Fae,” a month-old infant who had received a baboon-heart transplant, dies at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. The infant, named Baby Fae by doctors to protect her parents’ anonymity, was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, an almost always fatal ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:57 EST from rss

Subject: Erwin Rommel is born

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Erwin Rommel, the German commander known as the “Desert Fox” for his cunning in North Africa during World War II, is born in Heidenheim, Germany. Rommel’s father and grandfather were teachers, but he chose a military career for himself, enlisting in the German army as an officer cadet in 1910. He ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:57 EST from rss

Subject: Brazil

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After a 49-year reign, Pedro II, the second and last emperor of Brazil, is deposed in a military coup. The Brazilian monarchy was established in 1822, when Portugal’s crown prince, Dom Pedro, defied his Parliament and proclaimed an independent Brazil under his rule. The Brazilian empire got off to ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:44 EST from rss

Subject: First stock ticker debuts

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On this day in 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City. The advent of the ticker ultimately revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this development, information from the New York Stock Exchange, which ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:33 EST from rss

Subject: Georges Clemenceau named French prime minister

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On November 15, 1917, with his country embroiled in a bitter international conflict that would eventually take the lives of over 1 million of its young men, 76-year-old Georges Clemenceau is named prime minister of France for the second time. The young Clemenceau was first elected to parliament in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:29 EST from rss

Subject: Second moratorium against the war held

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Following a symbolic three-day “March Against Death,” the second national “moratorium” opens with mass demonstrations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Organized by the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (“New Mobe”), an estimated 500,000 demonstrators rallied in Washington as ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:52 EST from rss

Subject: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs heckled at university

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Gen. Earle Wheeler, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses a gathering at Brown University and approximately 60 students walk out to protest his defense of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Some of those who remained shouted and heckled Wheeler, while others attempted to storm the stage. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:09 EST from rss

Subject: Craig Breedlove sets new land-speed record

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On November 15, 1965 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, 28-year-old Californian Craig Breedlove sets a new land-speed record–600.601 miles an hour–in his car, the Spirit of America, which cost $250,000 and was powered by a surplus engine from a Navy jet. He actually drove across the desert twice ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:51 EST from rss

Subject: President Carter hosts shah of Iran

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On this day in 1977, President Jimmy Carter welcomes Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran, and his wife, Empress (or “Shahbanou”) Farrah, to Washington. Over the next two days, Carter and Pahlavi discussed improving relations between the two countries. Two years later, the two leaders’ political ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:41 EST from rss

Subject: Zebulon Pike spots an imposing mountain

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Approaching the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains during his second exploratory expedition, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike spots a distant mountain peak that looks “like a small blue cloud.” The mountain was later named Pike’s Peak in his honor. Pike’s explorations of the newly acquired Louisiana ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:08 EST from rss

Subject: Final installment of A Tale of Two Cities is published

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On this day in 1859, Charles Dickens’ serialized novel, A Tale of Two Cities, comes to a close, as the final chapter is published in Dickens’ circular, All the Year Round. Dickens was born in 1812 and attended school in Portsmouth. His father, a clerk in the navy pay office, was thrown in debtors’ ...

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