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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:32 EST from rss

Subject: Thousands die in massive flood

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On this day in 1421, a storm in the North Sea batters the European coastline. Over the next several days, approximately 10,000 people in what is now the Netherlands died in the resulting floods. The lowlands of the Netherlands near the North Sea were densely populated at the time, despite their ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:30:09 EST from rss

Subject: Washington, D.C., sniper John Muhammad convicted

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On this day in 2003, ex-soldier John Muhammad is found guilty of one of a series of sniper shootings that terrorized the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area and dominated national headlines in October 2002. Police charged that Muhammad and his 17-year-old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, killed 10 ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:57 EST from rss

Subject: A wealthy heiress is murdered by her son

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Wealthy socialite Barbara Baekeland is stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by her 25-year-old son, Antony, in her London, England, penthouse. When police arrived at the scene, Antony was calmly placing a telephone order for Chinese food. Antony’s great-grandfather, Leo Baekeland, acquired his ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:01 EST from rss

Subject: SALT I negotiations begin

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Soviet and U.S. negotiators meet in Helsinki to begin the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). The meeting was the climax of years of discussions between the two nations concerning the means to curb the Cold War arms race. Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Gerard Smith was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:36 EST from rss

Subject: Siege of Knoxville, Tennessee, begins

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On this day in 1863, Confederate General James Longstreet places the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, under siege. After two weeks and one failed attack, he abandoned the siege and rejoined General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The Knoxville campaign began in November when Longstreet took ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:38 EST from rss

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On this day in 1998, the brand-new DaimlerChrysler began trading its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The company had formed five days earlier, when the American Chrysler Corporation merged with the German conglomerate Daimler-Benz AG. As a result of the merger, DaimlerChrysler became the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:07 EST from rss

Subject: Articles of Confederation submitted to the states

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On this day in 1777, Congress submits the Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification. The Articles had been signed by Congress two days earlier, after 16 months of debate. Bickering over land claims between Virginia and Maryland delayed final ratification for almost four more years. ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:50 EST from rss

Subject: Germans make last stab at Ypres

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On November 17, 1914, the German 15th Corps makes a final, desperate attempt to advance against Allied positions in the Ypres Salient, the much-contested region in Flanders, Belgium. After advancing relatively quickly through Belgium and eastern France during the first weeks of World War I, the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:41 EST from rss

Subject: Monty is born

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On this day in 1887, Bernard Law Montgomery, British general and one of the most formidable Allied commanders of the war, as well as one of the most disliked, is born in London. A graduate of the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, Montgomery fought in World War I with distinction, leading an ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:51 EST from rss

Subject: Mass suicide at Jonestown

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On this day in 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. Many of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison-laced punch while others were forced to do so at ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:33 EST from rss

Subject: Haig ends Battle of Somme

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Douglas Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force in World War I, calls off the Battle of the Somme in France after nearly five months of mass slaughter. The massive Allied offensive began at 7:30 a.m. on July 1, 1916, when 100,000 British soldiers poured out of their trenches and into ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:35 EST from rss

Subject: Volkswagen

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On this day in 1996, a revolutionary new Volkswagen factory opens in Resende, Brazil. The million-square-meter Resende factory did not have an ordinary assembly line staffed by Volkswagen workers: In fact, the only people on Volkswagen’s payroll were the quality-control supervisors. Independent ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:48 EST from rss

Subject: Terry Waite released

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Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon free Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite after more than four years of captivity. Waite, looking thinner and his hair grayer, was freed along with American educator Thomas M. Sutherland after intense negotiations by the United Nations. Waite, special envoy of the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:41 EST from rss

Subject: South Vietnamese fight first major battle after U.S. troops are withdrawn

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Sixty South Vietnamese men are killed or wounded when their troops clash with communist forces in the Mekong Delta. The North Vietnamese lost only 14 men. A South Vietnamese spokesman said that the high South Vietnamese casualties were “due to bad fighting on our part.” The battle was the first ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:39 EST from rss

Subject: South Vietnamese conduct largest air assault to date

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In the largest air assault of the war thus far, 116 U.S. and South Vietnamese aircraft fly 1,100 South Vietnamese troops into Binh Duong and Tay Ninh Provinces to attack what is believed to be a major communist stronghold. General Nguyen Khanh personally directed the operation, but the troops made ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:13 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon appeals to Congress for funds for Cambodia

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President Nixon asks Congress for supplemental appropriations for the Cambodian government of Premier Lon Nol. Nixon requested $155 million in new funds for Cambodia—$85 million of which would be for military assistance, mainly in the form of ammunition. He also asked for an additional $100 ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:58 EST from rss

Subject: Sandy Koufax retires

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On November 18, 1966, Sandy Koufax, the ace pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, retires from baseball. He was just 30 years old, and he was retiring after a great season–he’d led the Dodgers to a National League pennant and won his third Cy Young award. But he had chronic arthritis in his pitching ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:30:59 EST from rss

Subject: Chester Arthur dies in New York

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On this day in 1886, former President Chester Alan Arthur succumbs to complications from a debilitating and fatal kidney ailment known as Bright’s Disease. In the words of former President Rutherford B. Hayes, Arthur’s term as president was most notable for “liquor, snobbery and worse.” Although he ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:50 EST from rss

Subject: Railroads create the first time zones

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At exactly noon on this day, American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times. The bold move was emblematic of the power shared by the railroad companies. The need for continental time zones stemmed directly from ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:42:24 EST from rss

Subject: Billy Joel earns his first #1 album when 52nd Street tops the Billboard pop chart

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At just 16, William Martin Joel of Hicksville, Long Island, got his first taste of chart success playing piano on the Shangri-Las’ #1 hit “Leader of the Pack,”. At 18, he dropped out of high school to pursue a full-time career as a professional musician. After several years moving from band to ...

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