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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:30 EST from rss

Subject: Alice McDermott wins the National Book Award

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On this day, Alice McDermott beats out front-runner Tom Wolfe for the National Book Award with her novel Charming Billy, losing a bet with her children. McDermott felt she was so unlikely to win the award that she told her three children she’d give them whatever they wanted if she won: She ended up ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:12 EST from rss

Subject: Tom Cruise weds, again

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On this day in 2006, the actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are married in a Church of Scientology ceremony at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Lake Bracciano, Italy. A number of the Hollywood super-couple’s celebrity friends were in attendance, including Will and Jada Smith, Brooke Shields, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:29 EST from rss

Subject: Commuters die in subway fire

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A fire in a London subway station kills 30 commuters and injures scores of others on this day in 1987. It is the worst fire in the history of the city’s underground rail system. The King’s Cross station in London is one of the city’s busiest; it contains two terminals and is at the intersection of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:34 EST from rss

Subject: High-profile expert on exotic birds is sentenced for smuggling parrots

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Tony Silva, a world-renowned expert and outspoken protector of exotic birds, is sentenced to seven years in prison without parole for leading an illegal parrot smuggling operation. Silva was only one of many to be arrested during “Operation Renegade,” a three-year international probe into bird ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:36 EST from rss

Subject: Congress issues final report on Iran-Contra scandal

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After nearly a year of hearings into the Iran-Contra scandal, the joint Congressional investigating committee issues its final report. It concluded that the scandal, involving a complicated plan whereby some of the funds from secret weapons sales to Iran were used to finance the Contra war against ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:07 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln travels to Gettysburg

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On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver a short speech at the dedicationof a cemetery of soldiers killed during the battle there on July 1 to July 3, 1863. The address Lincoln gave in Gettysburg became one of the most famous speeches in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:03 EST from rss

Subject: Fort Washington becomes Fort Knyphausen

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In honor of Lieutenant General Wilhelm von Knyphausen, who had stormed the post five days earlier, British Commander in Chief General William Howe renames Fort Washington “Fort Knyphausen” on this day in 1776. Knyphausen and a force of 3,000 Hessian mercenaries and 5,000 Redcoats had laid siege to ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:21 EST from rss

Subject: Hitler furious over Italy

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On this day in 1940, Adolf Hitler meets with Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano over Mussolini’s disastrous invasion of Greece. Mussolini surprised everyone with a move against Greece; his ally, Hitler, was caught off guard, especially since the Duce had led Hitler to believe he had no such ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:35 EDT from rss

Subject: Battle of the Somme ends

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On this day in 1916, British Commander in Chief Sir Douglas Haig calls a halt to his army’s offensive near the Somme River in northwestern France, ending the epic Battle of the Somme after more than four months of bloody conflict. With the French under heavy siege at Verdun since February, the ...

[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 09:27:52 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address

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On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:21 EST from rss

Subject: Soviet counterattack at Stalingrad

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The Soviet Red Army under General Georgi Zhukov launches Operation Uranus, the great Soviet counteroffensive that turned the tide in the Battle of Stalingrad. On June 22, 1941, despite the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939, Nazi Germany launched a massive invasion against the USSR. Aided by its ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:12 EST from rss

Subject: Sadat visits Israel

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In an unprecedented move for an Arab leader, Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat travels to Jerusalem to seek a permanent peace settlement with Israel after decades of conflict. Sadat’s visit, in which he met with Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and spoke before the Knesset (Parliament), was ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:30 EST from rss

Subject: Pele scores 1,000th goal

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Brazilian soccer great Pele scores his 1,000th professional goal in a game, against Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. It was a major milestone in an illustrious career that included three World Cup championships. Pele, considered one of the greatest soccer players ever to take the ...

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

Subject: Chaplain Charles Watters receives Medal of Honor

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For action this date, Chaplain (Major) Charles Watters of the 173rd Airborne Brigade is awarded the Medal of Honor. Chaplain Watters was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry when it conducted an attack against North Vietnamese forces entrenched on Hill 875 during the Battle of Dak To. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:49 EST from rss

Subject: Cambodians appeal for help

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Cambodians appeal to Saigon for help as communist forces move closer to Phnom Penh. Saigon officials revealed that in the previous week, an eight-person Cambodian delegation flew to the South Vietnamese capital to officially request South Vietnamese artillery and engineer support for beleaguered ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:32 EST from rss

Subject: Notre Dame and MSU play to a classic tie

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On November 19, 1966, in college football, first-ranked Notre Dame and second-ranked Michigan State play to a 10-10 tie at Spartan Stadium. The Irish, per coach Ara Parseghian’s instructions, ran out the clock at the end of the game instead of passing to score and risking an interception. After the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:06 EST from rss

Subject: James A. Garfield is born

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On this day in 1831, future President James A. Garfield is born to an impoverished family near Cleveland, Ohio. He weighed a whopping 10 pounds at birth, was a voracious reader and, as a young boy, worked driving the teams of horses that pulled barges along canals. Garfield was a minister in the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:58 EST from rss

Subject: Shane author Jack Schaefer is born

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Jack Schaefer, the author of Shane, one of the most popular westerns of all time, is born in Cleveland, Ohio. During the first half of his life, Schaefer was a successful journalist, but Shane was his first attempt at a novel. Published in 1949, when ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:44 EST from rss

Subject: Poet and critic Allen Tate is born

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On this day in 1899, poet and critic Allen Tate is born in Winchester, Kentucky. Tate attended Vanderbilt University, where he helped found a well-regarded poetry magazine called The Fugitive, along with poet John Crowe Ransom. The Fugitives, as the poets called themselves, advocated Southern ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:05 EST from rss

Subject: An arrest warrant is issued for Michael Jackson

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Rumors had swirled around Michael Jackson since the first public allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor child were aired amidst a 1993 civil lawsuit that was eventually settled out of court. A decade later, on November 19, 2003, an embattled Jackson prepared to face criminal charges of a ...

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