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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:35 EST from rss

Subject: White House housekeeper frets over presidential waistline

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On this day in 1911, Elizabeth Jaffray, a White House housekeeper, writes in her diary about a conversation she’d had with President William Howard Taft and his wife about the commander in chief’s ever-expanding waistline. According to the White House Historical Association, Jaffray was also ...

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

Subject: Custer massacres Cheyenne on Washita River

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Without bothering to identify the village or do any reconnaissance, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer leads an early morning attack on a band of peaceful Cheyenne living with Chief Black Kettle. Convicted of desertion and mistreatment of soldiers earlier that year in a military court, the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:19 EST from rss

Subject: Robert Burns postpones emigration to Jamaica

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On this day in 1786, Robert Burns decides not to emigrate to Jamaica, as he had planned, and heads for Edinburgh instead. Burns, the son of a poor farmer, received little formal schooling, though he was well-read. A restless, dissatisfied spirit, he fell in love with Jean Armour in the mid-1780s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:49 EST from rss

Subject: Bruce Lee born

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On this day in 1940, the actor and martial-arts expert Bruce Lee is born in San Francisco, California. In his all-too-brief career, Lee became a film star in Asia, and a pop-culture icon, posthumously, in America. Lee was born while his father, a Chinese opera star, was on tour in America. The Lee ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:16 EST from rss

Subject: Freak storm dissipates over England

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On this day in 1703, an unusual storm system finally dissipates over England after wreaking havoc on the country for nearly two weeks. Featuring hurricane strength winds, the storm killed somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people. Hundreds of Royal Navy ships were lost to the storm, the worst in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:23 EST from rss

Subject: San Francisco leaders George Moscone and Harvey Milk are murdered

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Former Board of Supervisors member Dan White murders Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at City Hall in San Francisco, California. White, who stormed into San Francisco’s government offices with a .38 revolver, had reportedly been angry about Moscone’s decision not to reappoint him to ...

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

Subject: Alger Hiss released from prison

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After 44 months in prison, former government official Alger Hiss is released and proclaims once again that he is innocent of the charges that led to his incarceration. One of the most famous figures of the Cold War period, Hiss was convicted in 1950 of perjury for lying to a federal grand jury. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:42 EST from rss

Subject: John Hunt Morgan escapes from the Ohio Penitentiary

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On this day in 1863, Confederate cavalry raider John Hunt Morgan and several of his men break out of the Ohio state prison and escapeto the South. Morgan was raised in Kentucky and served in the Mexican War (1846-48) under General Zachary Taylor.A successful hemp manufacturer before the Civil ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:25 EST from rss

Subject: Indy 500 champ H

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On November 27, 2007, the Brazilian racecar driver Hélio Castroneves and his partner, professional ballroom dancer Julianne Hough, win the fifth season of the TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” The runners-up were former Spice Girl Mel B (“Scary Spice”) and her partner, dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:23 EST from rss

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On this day in 1746, Robert R. (or R.R.) Livingston—later known as “the Chancellor”—becomes the first of nine children eventually born to Judge Robert Livingston and Margaret Beekman Livingston in their family seat, Clermont, on the Hudson River in upstate New York. The Livingston family were ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:58 EST from rss

Subject: Hindenburg celebrates Warsaw campaign

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On November 27, 1914, German commander Paul von Hindenburg issues a triumphant proclamation from the battlefields of the Eastern Front, celebrating his army’s campaign against Russian forces in the Polish city of Warsaw. On November 1, Hindenburg had been appointed commander in chief of all German ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:03 EST from rss

Subject: French scuttle their fleet

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On this day in 1942, French Admiral Jean de Laborde sinks the French fleet anchored in Toulon harbor, off the southern coast of France, in order to keep it out of German hands. In June 1940, after the German invasion of France and the establishment of an unoccupied zone in the southeast, led by ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:37:10 EDT from rss

Subject: Lady Astor becomes MP

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American-born Nancy Astor, the first woman ever to sit in the House of Commons, is elected to Parliament with a substantial majority. Lady Astor took the Unionist seat of her husband, Waldorf Astor, who was moving up to an inherited seat in the House of Lords. Born in Danville, Virginia, in 1879, ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:13:32 EDT from rss

Subject: The Shangri-Las score a #1 hit with

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During the early-60s girl-group explosion, the Shangri-Las score their first and only #1 hit on this day in 1964 with the famously melodramatic epic “Leader Of The Pack.” From its sweet beginnings in a candy store—”He turned around and smiled at me/You get the picture?“—the romance described in ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:24 EST from rss

Subject: Jeffrey Dahmer murdered in prison

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Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, serving 15 consecutive life sentences for the brutal murders of 15 men, is beaten to death by a fellow inmate while performing cleaning duty in a bathroom at the Columbia Correctional Institute gymnasium in Portage, Wisconsin. During a 13-year period, Dahmer, who lived ...

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

Subject: Magellan reaches the Pacific

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After sailing through the dangerous straits below South America that now bear his name, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan enters the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:06 EST from rss

Subject: The Philippines agrees to send troops to South Vietnam

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President Elect Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines states that he will send troops to South Vietnam, in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s call for “more flags” in Vietnam. Johnson hoped to enlist other nations to send military aid and troops to support the American cause in South Vietnam. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:01 EST from rss

Subject: Johnson advised to bomb North Vietnam

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President Lyndon Johnson’s top advisers–Maxwell Taylor, Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara, and other members of the National Security Council–agree to recommend that the president adopt a plan for a two-stage escalation of the bombing of North Vietnam. The purpose of this bombing was three-fold: to boost ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:33 EST from rss

Subject: Frank Duryea wins first U.S. horseless-carriage race

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On November 28, 1895, Frank Duryea wins the first motor-car race in the United States, a 54-mile loop along the lakeshore from Chicago to Waukegan and back again. The race was a harrowing one–It was held during one of Chicago’s great snowstorms, and the contestants’ cars got stuck in snowdrifts, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:17 EST from rss

Subject: FDR attends Tehran Conference

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On this day in 1943, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt joins British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin at a conference in Iran to discuss strategies for winning World War II and potential terms for a peace settlement. Tehran, Iran, was chosen as the site for the ...

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