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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:44 EST from rss

Subject: Rocky premieres

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On this day in 1976, Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone as the underdog prizefighter Rocky Balboa, debuts in New York City. The movie, which opened in theaters across the United States on December 3, 1976, was a huge box-office hit and received 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:19 EST from rss

Subject: Britannic sinks in Aegean Sea

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The Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic, sinks in the Aegean Sea on this day in 1916, killing 30 people. More than 1,000 others were rescued. In the wake of the Titanic disaster on April 14, 1912, the White Star Line made several modifications in the construction of its already-planned sister ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:07 EST from rss

Subject: Oliver North starts feeding documents into the shredding machine

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National Security Councilstaff memberOliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, begin shredding documents that would have exposed their participation in a range of illegal activities regarding the sale of arms to Iran and the diversion of the proceeds to a rebel Nicaraguan group. On November 25, ...

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

Subject: Congressional report charges U.S. involvement in assassination plots

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A Senate committee issues a report charging that U.S. government officials were behind assassination plots against two foreign leaders and were heavily involved in at least three other plots. The shocking revelations suggested that the United States was willing to go to murderous levels in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:49 EST from rss

Subject: Judah Benjamin becomes Confederate secretary of war

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On this day in 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis names Judah Benjamin the secretary of war. AJew who was born in the West Indies in 1811, Judah Benjamin was an exception to the rule in the Protestant South. After growing up largely in South Carolina, Benjamin attended Yale Law School and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:22 EST from rss

Subject: Holland Tunnel appears on the cover of Time

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On this day in 1927, Time magazine puts the week-old Holland Tunnel on its cover. The tunnel, which runs under the Hudson River between New York City and Jersey City, New Jersey, had opened to traffic the week before, at the stroke of midnight on November 13. (Earlier that day, President Calvin ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:35 EST from rss

Subject: Washington orders General Lee to New Jersey

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In what proved a fateful decision on this day in 1776, Continental Commander in Chief General George Washington writes to General Charles Lee in Westchester County, New York, to report the loss of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and to order Lee to bring his forces to New Jersey. Lee wanted to stay in New ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:33 EST from rss

Subject: Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria dies

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On this day in 1916, with World War I in full swing, the popular monarch Franz Joseph of Austria dies at the age of 86, after reigning for 66 years. The issue of who would succeed the emperor had long been complicated. Franz Joseph’s life was marked by tragedy: His only son, Rudolf, committed ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:13:47 EDT from rss

Subject: Stealth bomber unveiled

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In the presence of members of Congress and the media, the Northrop B-2 “stealth” bomber is shown publicly for the first time at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. The aircraft, which was developed in great secrecy for nearly a decade, was designed with stealth characteristics that would ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 07:06:42 EDT from rss

Subject: KC and the Sunshine band top the U.S. pop charts with

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One of the most popular American pop groups of its time, KC and the Sunshine Band earned the second of their five #1 pop hits on this day in 1975 when “That’s The Way (I Like It)” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. With their breakthrough single, “Get Down Tonight” (1975), having implored ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:42 EST from rss

Subject: Margaret Thatcher resigns

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Margaret Thatcher, the first woman prime minister in British history, announces her resignation after 11 years in Britain’s top office. Margaret Hilda Roberts was born in Grantham, England, in 1925. In 1959, after marrying businessman Denis Thatcher and giving birth to twins, she was elected to ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:49 EST from rss

Subject: Blackbeard killed off North Carolina

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Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, is killed off North Carolina’s Outer Banks during a bloody battle with a British navy force sent from Virginia. Believed to be a native of England, Edward Teach likely began his pirating career in 1713, when he became a crewman aboard a Caribbean sloop ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:02 EST from rss

Subject: John F. Kennedy assassinated

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy rarely accompanied her husband on political outings, but she was beside him, along with Texas Governor John Connally and ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:21 EST from rss

Subject: Soviets encircle Germans at Stalingrad

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On this day in 1942, a Soviet counteroffensive against the German armies pays off as the Red Army traps about a quarter-million German soldiers south of Kalach, on the Don River, within Stalingrad. As the Soviets’ circle tightened, German General Friedrich Paulus requested permission from Berlin to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:59:10 EST from rss

Subject: Westmoreland claims U.S. victory at Dak To

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General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam, briefs officials at the Pentagon and says that the battle around Dak To was “the beginning of a great defeat for the enemy.” The battle for Dak To began on November 3 when 4,500 U.S. troops from the U.S. 4th ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:59 EST from rss

Subject: JFK assassinated in Dallas

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On this day, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Kennedy took office on January 20, 1961. From the start of his term, he was faced with a deteriorating situation in Southeast Asia, in which both Laos and South Vietnam were threatened by communist insurgencies. In July 1962, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:26 EST from rss

Subject: First B-52 shot down over North Vietnam

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The United States loses its first B-52 of the war. The eight-engine bomber was brought down by a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile near Vinh on the day when B-52s flew their heaviest raids of the war over North Vietnam. The Communistss claimed 19 B-52s shot down to date.

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:18 EST from rss

Subject: Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champ in history

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On November 22, 1986, 20-year-old Mike Tyson knocks out 33-year-old Trevor Berbick in just five minutes and 35 seconds to become the youngest titleholder ever. “I’m the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in history,” Tyson told his manager after the fight, “and I’m going to be the oldest.” ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:22 EST from rss

Subject: Kennedy becomes fourth president to be assassinated

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On this day in 1963, the nation is shocked by the assassination of its president, John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was riding in an open car in Dallas, Texas, when a gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots at him from an upper-level window of a nearby building. Kennedy was pronounced dead upon ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:14 EST from rss

Subject: Jack London dies of kidney disease

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Jack London, one of the best novelists to chronicle the last wild western frontier of Alaska, dies from kidney failure in Glen Ellen, California. Born in San Francisco in 1876, John Griffith London was the child of an unmarried mother who had come from a once wealthy family that had fallen on hard ...

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