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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:19 EST from rss

Subject: Elvis makes movie debut in Love Me Tender

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On this day in 1956, Love Me Tender, featuring the singer Elvis Presley in his big-screen debut, premieres in New York City at the Paramount Theater. Set in Texas following the American Civil War, the film, which co-starred Richard Egan and Debra Paget, featured Elvis as Clint Reno, the younger ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:09 EST from rss

Subject: Plane crashes into Sri Lankan plantation

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A plane carrying Muslim pilgrims from Mecca to Indonesia crashes in Sri Lanka on this day in 1978, killing 183 people. The Icelandic Airlines DC-8 was chartered by Garuda Indonesian Airways to carry Muslim pilgrims back to Indonesia from their trek to Mecca. The flight was scheduled to takeoff from ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:20 EST from rss

Subject: Accused of rape, James Montgomery

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Mamie Snow, a mentally disabled white woman from Waukegan, Illinois, claims that James Montgomery, a black veteran, factory worker, and homeowner raped her. Montgomery, who was promptly thrown in jail, spent more than 25 years in prison before his conviction was overturned and he was released. From ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:38 EST from rss

Subject: Nikita Khrushchev challenges United States to a missile

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In a long and rambling interview with an American reporter, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev claims that the Soviet Union has missile superiority over the United States and challenges America to a missile “shooting match” to prove his assertion. The interview further fueled fears in the United ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:48 EST from rss

Subject: The March to the Sea begins

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On this day in 1864, Union General William T. Sherman begins his expedition across Georgia by torching the industrial section of Atlanta and pulling away from his supply lines. For the next six weeks, Sherman’s army destroyed most ofthe statebefore capturing the Confederate seaport of Savannah, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:34 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 per hour—in his car, the Spirit of America, which cost $250,000 and is powered by a surplus engine from a Navy jet. He actually drove across the desert twice ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:06 EST from rss

Subject: Articles of Confederation adopted

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After 16 months of debate, the Continental Congress, sitting in its temporary capital of York, Pennsylvania, agrees to adopt the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union on this day in 1777. Not until March 1, 1781, would the last of the 13 states, Maryland, ratify the agreement. In 1777, ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:19 EST from rss

Subject: Himmler orders Gypsies to concentration camps

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On this day in 1943, Heinrich Himmler makes public an order that Gypsies and those of mixed Gypsy blood are to be put on “the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps.” Himmler was determined to prosecute Nazism racial policies, which dictated the elimination from Germany and ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 12:07:34 EDT from rss

Subject: Benazir Bhutto elected leader of Pakistan

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In Pakistan, citizens vote in their first open election in more than a decade, choosing as prime minister the populist candidate Benazir Bhutto, daughter of former Pakistani leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. She was the first woman leader of a Muslim country in modern history. After General Mohammed ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:27:20 EST from rss

Subject: Oklahoma enters the Union

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Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory collectively enter the United States as Oklahoma, the 46th state. Oklahoma, with a name derived from the Choctaw Indian words okla, meaning “people,” and humma, meaning “red,” has a history of human occupation dating back 15,000 years. The first Europeans to ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:38 EST from rss

Subject: Hessians capture Fort Washington

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During the Revolutionary War, Lieutenant General Wilhelm von Knyphausen and a force of 3,000 Hessian mercenaries lay siege to Fort Washington on Long Island. Throughout the morning, Knyphausen met stiff resistance from the Patriot riflemen inside, but by the afternoon the Americans were ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:11 EST from rss

Subject: Riker Torpedo Racer sets the world speed record for electric cars

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On November 16, 1901, a spare, low-slung car called the “Torpedo Racer”—basically a square platform on bicycle wheels—breaks the world speed record for electric cars in Coney Island, New York. The car’s builder and pilot, an engineer named Andrew Riker, managed to coax his machine one mile down the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:39:05 EST from rss

Subject: Goebbels publishes his screed of hate

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On this day in 1941, Joseph Goebbels publishes in the German magazine Das Reich that “The Jews wanted the war, and now they have it”—referring to the Nazi propaganda scheme to shift the blame for the world war onto European Jewry, thereby giving the Nazis a rationalization for the so-called Final ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:15 EST from rss

Subject: New Fatherland League launched in Germany

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On this day in 1914 in Germany, a small group of intellectuals led by the physician Georg Nicolai launch Bund Neues Vaterland, the New Fatherland League. One of the league’s most active supporters was Nicolai’s friend, the great physicist Albert Einstein. Together, Einstein and Nicolai had written ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:47 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. provides support to beleaguered Cambodians

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As the fighting gets closer to Phnom Penh, the United States steps up its air activities in support of the Cambodian government. U.S. helicopter gunships struck at North Vietnamese emplacements at Tuol Leap, 10 miles north of Phnom Penh.

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:24 EST from rss

Subject: Ky defends South Vietnamese operations in Cambodia

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South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky, speaking at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, says Cambodia would be overrun by communist forces “within 24 hours” if South Vietnamese troops currently operating there are withdrawn. Ky described the Cambodian operation of the previous spring ...

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

Subject: Kennedy decides to increase military aid to Saigon

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President John F. Kennedy decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing U.S. combat troops. Kennedy was concerned at the advances being made by the communist Viet Cong, but did not want to become involved in a land war in Vietnam. He hoped that the military aid would be ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:33 EST from rss

Subject: Notre Dame ends Oklahoma record winning streak

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On November 16, 1957, Notre Dame beats Oklahoma 7-0, ending the Sooners’ 47-game, 1,512-day college football winning streak. The game also marked the first time in more than 120 games that Oklahoma didn’t score a single point. Sooners fans were stunned. Some cried; some sat in the stadium for more ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:47 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon supports construction of the Alaskan oil pipeline

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On this day in 1973, President Richard Nixon declares that America’s energy requirements have outpaced its production capacity and urges Congress to pass Senate Bill 1081, which would authorize the construction of a pipeline to access oil from the North Slope of Alaska. Nixon claimed the nation’s ...

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

Subject: Becknell opens trade on the Santa Fe Trail

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On this day, Missouri Indian trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, sells his goods at an enormous profit, and makes plans to return the next year over the route that will become known as the Santa Fe Trail. Pure luck made Becknell the first businessman to revive the American ...

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