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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:25 EST from rss

Subject: LBJ to continue Kennedy policy in Vietnam

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Two days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms the U.S. intention to continue military and economic support to South Vietnam. He instructed Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, in Washington for consultations following South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem’s ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:28 EST from rss

Subject: Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA rebounds record

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On November 24, 1960, Philadelphia Warrior Wilt Chamberlain snags 55 rebounds in a game against the Boston Celtics and sets an NBA record for the most rebounds in a single game. The seven-foot-one-inch Chamberlain–often called “Wilt the Stilt,” a nickname he detested, or “The Big Dipper,” because ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:43 EST from rss

Subject: Zachary Taylor is born

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On this day in 1784, future President Zachary Taylor is born in Barboursville, Virginia. The American Revolution had been over barely a year when Taylor, a distant relative of founding father and America’s fourth president, James Madison, was born. He grew up on his parents’ plantation in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:20 EST from rss

Subject: John Neihardt, ghostwriter of Black Elk Speaks, dies

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John Neihardt, the ghostwriter of one of the most popular and enduring chronicles of traditional Native American culture, Black Elk Speaks, dies on this day in 1973 at the age of 92. Raised on the plains of Kansas and Nebraska, one of John Neihardt’s first jobs after graduating from college was as ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:02 EST from rss

Subject: Origin of Species is published

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On this day, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, which immediately sold out its initial print run. By 1872, the book had run through six editions, and it became one of the most influential ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:43 EST from rss

Subject: Robin Williams stars in Mrs. Doubtfire

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On this day in 1993, Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams as a divorced father who disguises himself as an elderly British nanny in order to spend time with his children, opens in theaters. Directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone) and based on a 1987 novel by Anne Fine titled Alias Madame ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:59 EST from rss

Subject: Ferry sinks in Yellow Sea, killing hundreds

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A ferry sinks in the Yellow Sea off the coast of China, killing hundreds of people on this day in 1999. The ship had caught fire while in the midst of a storm and nearly everyone on board perished, including the captain. The Dashun, a 9,000-ton vessel, was transporting passengers from the port city ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:39 EST from rss

Subject: The FBI Crime Lab opens its doors for business

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The crime lab that is now referred to as the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory officially opens in Washington, D.C., on this day in 1932.The lab, which was chosen because it had the necessary sink, operated out of a single room and had only one full-time employee, Agent Charles Appel. Agent ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:07 EST from rss

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The House of Representatives votes 346 to 17 to approve citations of contempt against 10 Hollywood writers, directors, and producers. These men had refused to cooperate at hearings dealing with communism in the movie industry held by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:29 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Lookout Mountain

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On this day in 1863, Union troops capture Lookout Mountain southwest of Chattanooga, Tennessee,as they begin to break the Confederate siege of the city. In the “battle above the clouds,” the Yankees scaled the slopes of the mountain on the periphery of the Chattanooga lines. For nearly two ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:41 EST from rss

Subject: Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant dies

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On this day in 1807, Mohawk Chief Thayendanegea, also known by his English name, Joseph Brant, dies at his home in Burlington, Ontario. Before dying, he reportedly said, “Have pity on the poor Indians. If you have any influence with the great, endeavour to use it for their good.” Brant ranked among ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:51 EST from rss

Subject: Yugoslav National Council expresses concerns about post-war boundaries

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On November 24, 1918, the Yugoslav National Council–an organization of South Slavic nationalists led by Ante Trumbic of Croatia–addresses Crown Prince Alexander, son of the ailing King Peter and de facto ruler of Serbia, about its concerns regarding Italian claims on South Slavic territory in the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:18 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. B-29s raid Tokyo

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On this day in 1944, 111 U.S. B-29 Superfortress bombers raid Tokyo for the first time since Capt. Jimmy Doolittle’s raid in 1942. Their target: the Nakajima aircraft engine works. Fall 1944 saw the sustained strategic bombing of Japan. It began with a reconnaissance flight over Tokyo by Tokyo ...

[#] Wed Sep 28 2011 13:40:20 EDT from rss

Subject: Charlaine Harris, author of Sookie Stackhouse books, is born

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On this day in 1951, novelist Charlaine Harris, creator of the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse series, about a telepathic barmaid and a group of vampires and other supernatural creatures in small-town Louisiana, is born in Mississippi. Harris, who was raised in Tunica, Mississippi, graduated from ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:09:59 EST from rss

Subject: Mishima commits ritual suicide

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World-renowned Japanese writer Yukio Mishima commits suicide after failing to win public support for his often extreme political beliefs. Born in 1925, Mishima was obsessed with what he saw as the spiritual barrenness of modern life. He preferred prewar Japan, with its austere patriotism and ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:20 EST from rss

Subject: Last British soldiers leave New York

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Nearly three months after the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the American Revolution, the last British soldiers withdraw from New York City, their last military position in the United States. After the last Red Coat departed New York, Patriot General George Washington entered the city in triumph ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:14 EST from rss

Subject: JFK buried at Arlington National Cemetery

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Three days after his assassination in Dallas, Texas, John F. Kennedy is laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was shot to death while riding in an open-car motorcade with his wife and Texas Governor John ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:08 EST from rss

Subject: Iran-Contra connection revealed

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Three weeks after a Lebanese magazine reported that the United States had been secretly selling arms to Iran, Attorney General Edwin Meese reveals that proceeds from the arms sales were illegally diverted to the anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua. On November 3, the Lebanese magazine Ash Shiraa ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:47 EST from rss

Subject: Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge sinks to the bottom of Lake Washington

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After a howling wind- and rainstorm on Thanksgiving Day, Washington state’s historic floating Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge breaks apart and sinks to the bottom of Lake Washington, between Seattle and its suburbs to the east. Because the bridge’s disintegration happened relatively slowly, news ...

[#] Fri Dec 18 2009 10:50:10 EST from rss

Subject: Mousetrap opens in London

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“The Mousetrap,” a murder-mystery written by the novelist and playwright Agatha Christie, opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. The crowd-pleasing whodunit would go on to become the longest continuously running play in history, with more than 10 million people to date attending its more than ...

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