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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:00:18 EST from rss

Subject: Pizarro traps Incan emperor Atahualpa

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On November 16, 1532, Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish explorer and conquistador, springs a trap on the Incan emperor, Atahualpa. With fewer than 200 men against several thousand, Pizarro lures Atahualpa to a feast in the emperor’s honor and then opens fire on the unarmed Incans. Pizarro’s men ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:44:18 EST from rss

Subject: The Sound of Music premieres on Broadway

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Did the young Austrian nun named Maria really take to the hills surrounding Salzburg to sing spontaneously of her love of music? Did she comfort herself with thoughts of copper kettles, and did she swoon to her future husband’s song about an alpine flower while the creeping menace of Nazism spread ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:14 EST from rss

Subject: Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death

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On this day in 1849, a Russian court sentences Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for his allegedly antigovernment activities linked to a radical intellectual group. His execution is stayed at the last minute. Dostoevsky’s father was a doctor at Moscow’s Hospital for the Poor, where he grew rich enough to ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:27 EST from rss

Subject: First Harry Potter film opens

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On this day in 2001, the British author J.K. Rowling’s star creation–bespectacled boy wizard Harry Potter–makes his big-screen debut in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which opens in movie theaters across the United States. Based on the mega-best-selling fantasy novel of the same name, the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:32 EST from rss

Subject: Construction begins on deadly bonfire

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For nearly a century, students in College Station, Texas, created a massive bonfire—self-proclaimed to be “the world’s largest”—prior to their school’s annual football game against their archrival, the University of Texas. The beloved pre-game tradition had been canceled only once, in 1963 ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:20 EST from rss

Subject: Ed Gein kills final victim Bernice Worden

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Infamous killer Edward Gein murders his last victim, Bernice Worden of Plainfield, Wisconsin. His grave robbing, necrophilia, and cannibalism gained national attention, and may have provided inspiration forthe characters ofNorman Bates in Psycho and serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the ...

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

Subject: Battle of Campbell Station, Tennessee

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On this day in 1863, Confederates under General James Longstreet fail to defeat a Union force under General Ambrose Burnside at the Battle of Campbell Station near Knoxville, Tennessee. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,in early July 1863, General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:59 EST from rss

Subject: German scientists brought to United States to work on rocket technology

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In a move that stirs up some controversy, the United States ships 88 German scientists to America to assist the nation in its production of rocket technology. Most of these men had served under the Nazi regime and critics in the United States questioned the morality of placing them in the service ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:02 EST from rss

Subject: Fort Washington Is Captured

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On this day in 1776, Hessian Lieutenant General Wilhelm von Knyphausen and a force of 3,000 Hessian mercenaries and 5,000 Redcoats lay siege to Fort Washington at the northern end and highest point of Manhattan Island. Throughout the morning, Knyphausen met stiff resistance from the Patriot ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:34 EST from rss

Subject: Verdi

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Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s first opera, Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio, debuts in Milan. The premiere was held at La Scala, Italy’s most prestigious theater. Oberto was received favorably, and the next day the composer was commissioned by Bartolomeo Merelli, the impresario at La Scala, to ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:47 EST from rss

Subject: Suez Canal opens

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The Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean and the Red seas, is inaugurated in an elaborate ceremony attended by French Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III. In 1854, Ferdinand de Lesseps, the former French consul to Cairo, secured an agreement with the Ottoman governor of Egypt to build a canal ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:27 EST from rss

Subject: Elizabethan Age begins

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Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth. The two half-sisters, both daughters of King Henry VIII, had a stormy relationship during Mary’s five-year reign. Mary, who was brought up as a Catholic, enacted ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:57 EST from rss

Subject: My Lai trial begins

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The court-martial of 1st Lt. William Calley begins. Calley, a platoon leader in Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light) of the 23rd (Americal) Division, had led his men in a massacre of Vietnamese civilians, including women and children, at My Lai 4 on March 16, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:14 EST from rss

Subject: 1st Cavalry unit ambushed in the Ia Drang Valley

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During part of what would become known as the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, a battalion from the 1st Cavalry Division is ambushed by the 8th Battalion of the North Vietnamese 66th Regiment. The battle started several days earlier when the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry engaged a large North ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:15 EST from rss

Subject: The Heidi Bowl

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On November 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets–and no one sees it, because they’re watching the movie Heidi instead. With just 65 seconds left to play, NBC switched off the game in favor of its previously scheduled programming, a made-for-TV ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:43 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon insists that he is not a crook

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On this day in 1973, in the midst of the Watergate scandal that eventually ended his presidency, President Richard Nixon tells a group of newspaper editors gathered at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, that he is “not a crook.” Nixon made the now-famous declaration during a televised ...

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

Subject: U.S. establishes Fort Buchanan

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On this day, the United States buttresses its control over the Gadsden Purchase with the establishment of Fort Buchanan. Named for recently elected President James Buchanan, Fort Buchanan was located on the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona. The U.S. acquired the bulk of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:45 EST from rss

Subject: The Kingston Trio brings folk music to the top of the U.S. pop charts

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On November 17, 1958, the Kingston Trio’s “Tom Dooley” hits #1 on the Billboard pop chart. While they might not have wanted to acknowledge it, the fans of 1960s protest folk probably owed the very existence of the movement to three guys in crew cuts and candy-striped shirts who honed their act not ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:40 EST from rss

Subject: The Shipping News, by Annie Proulx, wins the National Book Award

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On this day in 1993, Annie Proulx wins the National Book Award for her novel The Shipping News. Proulx was born in 1935 in Norwich, Connecticut. Her mother was a painter and her father an executive in a textile company. Annie lived in various towns in New England ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:07 EST from rss

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On this day in 2003, the actor and former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger is sworn in as the 38th governor of California at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Schwarzenegger, who became a major Hollywood star in the 1980s with such action movies as Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator, defeated ...

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