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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:31 EST from rss

Subject: One Flew Over the Cuckoo

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On this day in 1975, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a film about a group of patients at a mental institution, opens in theaters. Directed by Milos Forman and based on a 1962 novel of the same name by Ken Kesey, the film starred Jack Nicholson and was co-produced by the actor Michael Douglas. One ...

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

Subject: Thousands perish in St. Petersburg flood

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On this day in 1824, a flood on the Neva River in Russia claims an estimated 10,000 lives. Winter came early to Russia in 1824. The very cold weather caused blocks of ice to form on the Neva River, near the city of St. Petersburg. Enough ice developed that the river’s flow was nearly stopped for ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:12 EST from rss

Subject: Patty Hearst out on bail

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Patricia Campbell Hearst, a granddaughter of the legendary publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, is released on bail pending the appeal of her conviction for participating in a 1974 San Francisco bank robbery that was caught on camera. Hearst’s ordeal began on the night of February 4, 1974, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:49 EST from rss

Subject: Reagan and Gorbachev hold their first summit meeting

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For the first time in eight years, the leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States hold a summit conference. Meeting in Geneva, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev produced no earth-shattering agreements. However, the meeting boded well for the future, as the two men ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:06 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln

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On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers what will become one of the most famous speeches in American history, at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Using just 272 words, Lincolnarticulated themeaning of the Civil War for a public that had grown ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:42 EST from rss

Subject: Congress pleads for soldiers

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On this day in 1776, Congress pleads for the states to send more soldiers to serve in the Continental Army, reminding them “how indispensable it is to the common safety, that they pursue the most immediate and vigorous measures to furnish their respective quotas of Troops for the new Army, as the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:25 EST from rss

Subject: Hitler urges Spain to grab Gibraltar

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On this day in 1940, Adolf Hitler tells Spanish Foreign Minister Serano Suner to make good on an agreement for Spain to attack Gibraltar, a British-controlled region. This would seal off the Mediterranean and trap British troops in North Africa. Spain had just emerged from a three-year (1936-39) ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:45 EDT from rss

Subject: British pilot makes heroic rescue

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In one of the most exciting episodes of the air war during World War I, the British airman Richard Bell Davies performs a daring rescue on November 19, 1915, swooping down in his plane to whisk a downed fellow pilot from behind the Turkish lines at Ferrijik Junction. A squadron commander in the ...

[#] Fri Oct 23 2009 09:21:59 EDT from rss

Subject: Chevy Cavalier heads to Japan

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On this day in 1993, Toyota and General Motors sign an historic agreement: Beginning in 1996, GM will offer its bestselling Chevy Cavalier, refitted with right-hand drive, for sale in Japan. The Cavalier was one of the first American automobiles to hit the Japanese market. The agreement that ...

[#] Wed Sep 01 2010 06:35:04 EDT from rss

Subject: American consul in China held

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In what begins as a fairly minor incident, the American consul and his staff in Mukden, China, are made virtual hostages by communist forces in China. The crisis did not end until a year later, by which time U.S. relations with the new communist government in China had been seriously ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:33 EST from rss

Subject: Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten

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In a lavish wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London, Princess Elizabeth marries her distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten, a dashing former prince of Greece and Denmark who renounced his titles in order to marry the English princess. Princess Elizabeth, heir to the British throne, was 21 years ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:19 EST from rss

Subject: American vessel sunk by sperm whale

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The American whaler Essex, which hailed from Nantucket, Massachusetts, is attacked by an 80-ton sperm whale 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. The 238-ton Essex was in pursuit of sperm whales, specifically the precious oil and bone that could be derived from them, when an enraged ...

[#] Thu Nov 19 2009 08:01:52 EST from rss

Subject: Nuremberg trials begin

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Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II. The Nuremberg Trials were conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and Great Britain. It was the first trial of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:39:54 EST from rss

Subject: Nuremberg war-crimes trials begin

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On this day in 1945, a series of trials of accused Nazi war criminals, conducted by a U.S., French, and Soviet military tribunal based in Nuremberg, Germany, begins. Twenty-four former Nazi officials were tried, and when it was all over, one year later, half would be sentenced to death by hanging. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:58 EST from rss

Subject: Students Demonstrate Against Dow Chemical Company

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On this day in the United States, San Jose State College students demonstrate against the Dow Chemical Company, the maker of napalm. Police were sent in, but the students refused to disperse and several protest leaders were arrested. The next day the students defied California governor Ronald ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:34 EST from rss

Subject: Seymour Hersh files follow-up to My Lai story

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In the United States, Seymour Hersh, an independent investigative journalist, files a second My Lai story based on interviews with Michael Terry and Michael Bernhardt, who served under 1st Lt. William Calley during the action that was later dubbed the My Lai massacre. Also on this day, the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:02 EST from rss

Subject: Cal beats Stanford as band blocks field

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On November 20, 1982, the Cal football team wins an improbable last-second victory over Stanford when they complete five lateral passes around members of the Cardinals’ marching band, who had wandered onto the field a bit early to celebrate the upset they were sure their team had won, and score a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:21 EST from rss

Subject: Kennedy announces fair housing legislation

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On this day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order 11063, which mandates an end to discrimination in housing. The order, which came during the burgeoning Civil Rights movement, prohibited federally funded housing agencies from denying housing or funding for housing to anyone ...

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

Subject: Blacksnake Hills trading post is renamed St. Joseph

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Established as the Blacksnake Hills trading post in 1826, the growing community along the banks of the Missouri River adopts the more impressive St. Joseph as its name. As with many early western towns, St. Joseph began as a fur trading post. The French-Canadian Joseph Robidoux III shrewdly ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:26 EST from rss

Subject: Henry James

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On this day in 1875, American writer Henry James publishes his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Earlier in the year, he had published Transatlantic Sketches, a book of travel essays, and a short-story collection titled A Passionate Pilgrim. James, born in New York in 1843, was the second son of a ...

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