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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:17:36 EST from rss

Subject: George Eliot is born

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Mary Ann Evans, later known as George Eliot, is born on this day in Warwickshire, England. Eliot attended several schools until her mother’s death in 1841, after which she moved to Coventry with her father. In Coventry, Eliot grew close with her neighbors, the radical intellectual Bray family. With ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:09 EST from rss

Subject: Die Another Day released 40 years after first Bond film

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On this day in 2002, the James Bond movie Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan as the fictional British secret service agent also known by his code number, 007, opens in theaters across the United States. The film’s debut came almost exactly 40 years after the first Bond movie, Dr. No, was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:30 EST from rss

Subject: Commuter trains collide in New York City

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Two Long Island Railroad (LIRR) commuter trains collide on this day in 1950, killing 79 people. Defective equipment caused this horrific rear-end collision, the worst in the history of the LIRR. The accident occurred in the Richmond Hills section of Queens. A 12-car train carrying commuters from ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:17 EST from rss

Subject: President Kennedy is assassinated

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President John F. Kennedy is shot and killed as his motorcade drives through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy’s suspected assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was believed to have used a mail-order rifle in order to shoot the president from the sixth story window of the Texas School Book Depository. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:15 EST from rss

Subject: Kennedy assassinated

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President John F. Kennedy is assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas. His death caused intense mourning in the United States and brought Vice President Lyndon Johnson to the presidency. Kennedy’s untimely death also left future generations with a great many “what if” questions concerning the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:33 EST from rss

Subject: Hood enters Tennessee

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On this day in 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood invades Tennessee in a desperate attempt to draw Union General William T. Sherman out of Georgia. This movement was part of the saga of Hood’s Army of Tennessee in 1864. In the spring, the army, commanded then by Joseph Johnston, blocked ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:54 EST from rss

Subject: First Mercedes goes for a test drive

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On this day in 1900, the first car to be produced under the Mercedes name is taken for its inaugural drive in Cannstatt, Germany. The car was specially built for its buyer, Emil Jellinek, an entrepreneur with a passion for fast, flashy cars. Jellinek had commissioned the Mercedes car from the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:23 EST from rss

Subject: John Hanson, so-called first president, dies

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On this day in 1783, John Hanson, the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation, dies in his home state of Maryland. Hanson is sometimes called the first president of the United States, but this is a misnomer, since the presidency did not exist as an executive ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:36 EST from rss

Subject: Fighting suspended in Ypres Salient

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On November 22, 1914, the first extended battle fought between Allied and German forces in the much-contested Ypres Salient during World War I comes to an end after over one month of fighting. After the aggressive German advance through Belgium and eastern France was decisively halted by the Allied ...

[#] Fri Mar 29 2013 12:36:23 EDT from rss

Subject: Larry Hagman, star of

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On this day in 2012, Larry Hagman, who starred in such television shows as “Dallas” and “I Dream of Jeannie,” dies at age 81 of complications from cancer at a hospital in Dallas. Hagman was best known for his role as the villainous Texas oil baron J.R. Ewing on “Dallas,” which aired from 1978 to ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:09:57 EST from rss

Subject: Flemish pretender executed in London

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Perkin Warbeck, who invaded England in 1497 claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV, is hanged for allegedly trying to escape from the Tower of London. Believed to be a native of Tournai in Belgium, Warbeck went to Ireland in 1491 and claimed he was Richard, duke of York, the second son of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:03 EST from rss

Subject: IRA member sentenced for Mountbatten

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Thomas McMahon, a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), is sentenced to life imprisonment for preparing and planting the bomb that killed Lord Louis Mountbatten and three others three months before. On August 27, 1979, Lord Mountbatten was killed when McMahon and other IRA terrorists detonated ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:54 EST from rss

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William Magear “Boss” Tweed, leader of New York City’s corrupt Tammany Hall political organization during the 1860s and early 1870s, is delivered to authorities in New York City after his capture in Spain. Tweed became a powerful figure in Tammany Hall–New York City’s Democratic political ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:47 EST from rss

Subject: Billy the Kid born

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The infamous Western outlaw known as “Billy the Kid” is born in a poor Irish neighborhood on New York City’s East Side. Before he was shot dead at age 21, Billy reputedly killed 27 people in the American West. Billy the Kid called himself William H. Bonney, but his original name was probably Henry ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:42 EST from rss

Subject: First issue of Life is published

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On November 23, 1936, the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published, featuring a cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam by Margaret Bourke-White. Life actually had its start earlier in the 20th century as a different kind of magazine: a weekly humor publication, not unlike today’s The New ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:10 EST from rss

Subject: Romania becomes an Axis

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On this day in 1940, Romania signs the Tripartite Pact, officially allying itself with Germany, Italy, and Japan. As early as 1937, Romania had come under control of a fascist government that bore great resemblance to that of Germany’s, including similar anti-Jewish laws. Romania’s king, Carol II, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:00 EST from rss

Subject: Paris peace talks deadlocked

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Secret peace talks resume in Paris between Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, the North Vietnamese representative, but almost immediately reach an impasse. The sticking points were the implementation of the international supervisory force and Saigon’s insistence on the withdrawal of all North ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:26 EST from rss

Subject: Laird discloses the details of the Son Tay Raid

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Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird discloses the November 21 U.S. raid on the North Vietnamese prison camp at Son Tay. On November 21, a combined Air Force and Army team of 40 Americans–led by Army Colonel “Bull” Simons–conducted a raid on the Son Tay prison camp, 23 miles west of Hanoi, in an ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:36:45 EST from rss

Subject: BC wins on Hail Mary

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On November 23, 1984, Boston College’s diminutive quarterback Doug Flutie throws a last-second 64-yard pass to beat the University of Miami 47-45. The 30,235 fans in the Orange Bowl had already begun to celebrate the victory they were sure their Hurricanes had won, and they were stunned when ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:34 EST from rss

Subject: Franklin Pierce is born

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On this day in 1804, Franklin Pierce, America’s 14th president, is born in a log cabin in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Pierce, described by biographers and contemporaries as a personable and sincere young man, worked as a lawyer before winning a seat in the New Hampshire state legislature in 1828, ...

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