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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:42 EST from rss

Subject: George W. Bush pardons a turkey

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On this day in 2002, President George W. Bush issues a humorous but sincere presidential pardon to a lucky turkey that otherwise might have ended up on someone’s Thanksgiving Day dinner table. In doing so, he continued a tradition begun in 1947 when the National Turkey Foundation first presented ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:10 EST from rss

Subject: The Great Diamond Hoax is exposed

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The Great Diamond Hoax, one of the most notorious mining swindles of the time, is exposed with an article in the San FranciscoEvening Bulletin. Fraudulent gold and silver mines were common in the years following the California Gold Rush of 1849. Swindlers fooled many eager greenhorns by “salting” ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:29 EST from rss

Subject: MTV Unplugged premieres

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The television series MTV Unplugged, featuring stripped-down acoustical performances by a wide range of artists not usually known for such performances, makes its broadcast premiere on this day in 1989. The premiere episode of MTV Unplugged was only lightly promoted by the network, in part because ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:31 EST from rss

Subject: Alice in Wonderland manuscript is sent as a Christmas present

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On this day in 1862, Oxford mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson sends a handwritten manuscript called Alice’s Adventures Under Ground to 10-year-old Alice Liddell. The 30-year-old Dodgson, better known by his nom de plume Lewis Carroll, made up the story one day on a picnic with young Alice and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:53 EST from rss

Subject: Casablanca premieres in NYC

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On this day in 1942, Casablanca, a World War II-era drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premieres in New York City; it will go on to become one of the most beloved Hollywood movies in history. In the film, Bogart played Rick Blaine, a former freedom fighter and the owner of a swanky ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:56 EST from rss

Subject: Winter storm paralyzes southern New England

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A powerful early winter storm batters the New England coast on this day in 1898, killing at least 450 people in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. It was Thanksgiving Day when strong winds, in excess of 40 miles per hour, began blowing from the Atlantic Ocean across the New England coast. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:30:07 EST from rss

Subject: Vigilantes in California lynch two suspected murderers

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Thousands ofpeoples in San Jose, California, storm the jail where Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes are being held as suspects in the kidnapping and murder of Brooke Hart, the 22-year-old son of a local storeowner. The mob of angry citizens proceeded to lynch the accused men and then pose them for ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:32 EST from rss

Subject: Chinese counterattacks in Korea change nature of war

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In some of the fiercest fighting of the Korean War, thousands of communist Chinese troops launch massive counterattacks against U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) troops, driving the Allied forces before them and putting an end to any thoughts for a quick or conclusive U.S. victory. When the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:14 EST from rss

Subject: Mine Run campaign begins

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On this day in 1863, around a small valley called Mine Run in Virginia, Union General George Meade moves against Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia after months of inaction following the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in July of that year. Meade’s troops found no ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:55 EST from rss

Subject: First U.S.

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The first cloverleaf interchange to be built in the United States, at the junction of NJ Rt. 25 (now U.S. Rt. 1) and NJ Rt. 4 (now NJ Rt. 35) in Woodbridge, New Jersey, is featured on the cover of this week’s issue of the Engineering News-Record. (By contrast, a piece on the under-construction ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:01 EST from rss

Subject: Peyton Randolph laid to rest at William and Mary

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On this day in 1776, the body of Peyton Randolph is returned to Williamsburg, Virginia, for re-interment at his alma mater, the College of William and Mary. Randolph had died on October 22, 1775, at the age of 54, while in Philadelphia representing Virginia in the second Continental Congress. Born ...

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

Subject: Japanese task force leaves for Pearl Harbor

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On this day in 1941, Adm. Chuichi Nagumo leads the Japanese First Air Fleet, an aircraft carrier strike force, toward Pearl Harbor, with the understanding that should “negotiations with the United States reach a successful conclusion, the task force will immediately put about and return to the ...

[#] Tue Mar 16 2010 11:16:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Aerosmith and 50 Cent headline a $10 million bar mitzvah

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For seasoned showbiz veterans Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith—middle-aged men long past worrying over their perceived “legitimacy”— the offer of a $2 million appearance fee for a 45-minute performance at a private event in New York City must have been a true no-brainer. For Curtis James ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:00 EST from rss

Subject: Nehru appeals for disarmament

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Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru makes an impassioned speech for nuclear disarmament in New Delhi. Jawaharlal Nehru, independent India’s first prime minister, was born in Allahabad, India, in 1889. He was educated in England and in 1912 returned to India to become a lawyer. After the 1919 ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:11 EST from rss

Subject: Iron Guard massacres former Romanian government

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Two months after General Ion Antonescu seized power in Romania and forced King Carol II to abdicate, Antonescu’s Iron Guard arrests and executes more than 60 aides of the exiled king, including Nicolae Iorga, a former minister and acclaimed historian. The extreme right-wing movement known as the ...

[#] Tue Jan 05 2010 06:38:53 EST from rss

Subject: Jimi Hendrix born

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Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle. Hendrix grew up playing guitar, imitating blues greats like Muddy Waters as well as early rockers. He joined the army in 1959 and became a paratrooper but was honorably discharged in 1961 after an injury that exempted him from duty in Vietnam. In the ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:32 EST from rss

Subject: Pope Urban II orders first Crusade

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On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of “Deus vult!” or “God wills it!” Born Odo of Lagery in 1042, Urban ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:44 EST from rss

Subject: South Vietnamese forces attacked near Cambodian border

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A South Vietnamese task force, operating in southeastern Cambodia, comes under North Vietnamese attack near the town of Krek. The South Vietnamese command reported repelling the assault and killing enemy soldiers. The South Vietnamese command also reported killing 33 Viet Cong in the Rung Sat ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:03 EST from rss

Subject: Pentagon calls for troop increase

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The Pentagon informs President Johnson that if General Westmoreland is to conduct the major sweep operations necessary to destroy enemy forces during the coming year, U.S. troop strength should be increased from 120,000 to 400,000 men. Also on this day: The Viet Cong release two U.S. special forces ...

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

Subject: Gordie Howe scores his 600th goal

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On November 27, 1965, Detroit Red Wing Gordie Howe scores his 600th goal in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. He was the first (and the last, until Wayne Gretzky) NHL player to score 600 times in his career. He’d broken the previous record–544 goals, set by the legendary Canadien Maurice ...

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