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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:37 EST from rss

Subject: German commander in East Africa surrenders

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On this day in 1918, a full two weeks after an armistice ended World War I in Europe, Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck of Germany finally surrenders his forces in German East Africa. A master of guerrilla warfare known for his brave and honorable conduct, Lettow-Vorbeck emerged from the First World ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:58 EST from rss

Subject: Communist activity increases along Cambodian border

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Communist forces step up attacks against U.S. troops shielding Allied installations near the Cambodian border. Ten Americans were killed and 70 wounded. U.S. troops reported killing 115 enemy soldiers. North Vietnamese troops destroyed more than a dozen tanks and tons of ammunition near the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:51 EST from rss

Subject: Catholic official reports support provided to North Vietnam

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In the weekly magazine Ave Maria, which hit newstands on this day, the Very Reverend Edward Swanstrom, auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop of New York and head of Catholic Relief Services, wrote that the overseas relief agency of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States provided funds for sending ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:08 EST from rss

Subject: Sugar Ray takes his title back

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On November 25, 1980, Sugar Ray Leonard regains boxing’s welterweight title when his opponent, reigning champ Roberto Duran, waves his arms and walks away from the fight in the eighth round. “No más, no más,” Duran told the referee. “No more box.” He’d had cramps in his stomach since the fifth, he ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:23 EST from rss

Subject: Kennedy laid to rest at Arlington

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On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated three days earlier, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. It was his son’s third birthday. Kennedy’s coffin had lain in state in the rotunda of the Capitol building the previous day. Approximately 250,000 people streamed by ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:26 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. Army retaliates for the Little Bighorn massacre

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U.S. troops under the leadership of General Ranald Mackenzie destroy the village of Cheyenne living with Chief Dull Knife on the headwaters of the Powder River. The attack was in retaliation against some of the Indians who had participated in the massacre of Custer and his men at Little Bighorn. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:27 EST from rss

Subject: Nathanael West flunks out of Tufts

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On this day in 1921, Nathanael West officially flunks out of Tufts, where he had been admitted after faking his high school transcripts. West, the son of Jewish immigrants, was born in New York in 1903. He spent a year and a half in Paris as a young man, during which time he wrote his first novel, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:32 EST from rss

Subject: Singer-songwriter Nick Drake dies

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The timeworn cliché that no great artist is appreciated during his lifetime has rarely held true for pop musicians in the era of rock and roll. Far more modern pop stars have outlived their popularity and commercial viability than have achieved it for the first time only decades after their deaths. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:36 EST from rss

Subject: Agatha Christie

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On this day in 1952, The Mousetrap, a murder-mystery play by Agatha Christie, opens in London’s West End; it will go on to have the longest initial run of any play in history, with more than 23,000 performances to date. In addition to The Mousetrap, the highly prolific Christie penned dozens of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:27 EST from rss

Subject: Storm of the century hits eastern U.S.

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The so-called “storm of the century” hits the eastern part of the United States, killing hundreds and causing millions of dollars in damages, on this day in 1950. Also known as the “Appalachian Storm,” it dumped record amounts of snow in parts of the Appalachian Mountains. Forming over North ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:38 EST from rss

Subject: International day to eliminate violence against women

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The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution designating November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The resolution, which was introduced by the Dominican Republic, marked the anniversary of the death of three sisters, Maria, Teresa, and Minerva ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:10:28 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Missionary Ridge

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On this day in 1863, Union General Ulysses S. Grant breaks the siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in stunning fashion by routing the Confederates under General Braxton Bragg at Missionary Ridge. For two monthsfollowing the Battle of Chattanooga, the Confederates had kept the Union army bottled up ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:26 EST from rss

Subject: London Council of Foreign Ministers meeting begins

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Meeting in what a newspaper report called “an atmosphere of utter gloom,” representatives from the United States, France, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union come together to discuss the fate of postwar Europe. The focus of the meeting was on the future of Germany. The atmosphere never ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:31 EST from rss

Subject: Last British soldiers leave New York

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On this day in 1783, nearly three months after the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the American Revolution, the last British soldiers withdraw from New York City, the last British military position in the United States. After the last Redcoat departed New York, U.S. General George Washington ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:09 EST from rss

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On this day in 1941, Adm. Harold R. Stark, U.S. chief of naval operations, tells Adm. Husband E. Kimmel, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, that both President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull think a Japanese surprise attack is a distinct possibility. “We are likely ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:32 EST from rss

Subject: Archaeologists enter tomb of King Tut

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In Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, British archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first souls to enter King Tutankhamen’s tomb in more than 3,000 years. Tutankhamen’s sealed burial chambers were miraculously intact, and inside was a collection of several thousand priceless objects, ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:31 EST from rss

Subject: FDR establishes modern Thanksgiving holiday

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. The tradition of celebrating the holiday on Thursday dates back to the early history of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, when post-harvest holidays were celebrated ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:44 EST from rss

Subject: T.E. Lawrence reports on Arab affairs

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On November 26, 1916, Thomas Edward Lawrence, a junior member of the British government’s Arab Bureau during World War I, publishes a detailed report analyzing the revolt led by the Arab leader Sherif Hussein against the Ottoman Empire in the late spring of 1916. As a scholar and archaeologist, the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:20 EST from rss

Subject: Air Force helicopter pilot rescues Special Forces team

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While returning to base from another mission, Air Force 1st Lt. James P. Fleming and four other Bell UH-1F helicopter pilots get an urgent message from an Army Special Forces team pinned down by enemy fire. Although several of the other helicopters had to leave the area because of low fuel, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:30 EST from rss

Subject: Football trailblazer Art Shell is born

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On November 26, 1946, Art Shell is born in Charleston, South Carolina. Shell was a gifted athlete: He made the All-State teams in both football and basketball at Bonds-Wilson High School in North Charleston and went on to become a star football player and All-American at Maryland State-Eastern ...

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