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

Subject: The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting

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The Grand Ole Opry, one of the longest-lived and most popular showcases for western music, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, Tennessee. The showcase was originally named the Barn Dance, after a Chicago radio program called the National Barn Dance that had begun broadcasting the previous ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:54 EST from rss

Subject: William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway

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On this day in 1582, William Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, pay a 40-pound bond for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Anne gives birth to their daughter, Susanna, and two years later, to twins. Little is known about Shakespeare’s early life. His father was a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:01 EST from rss

Subject: Talk-show host and comedian Jon Stewart born

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On this day in 1962, Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, a “fake news” program that satirizes politicians, celebrities and the media, among others, is born in New York City. Stewart’s irreverent take on national and world events has been a huge hit with audiences and has even ...

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

Subject: Plane crashes over Antarctica

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A New Zealander sightseeing plane traveling over Antarctica crashes, killing all 257 people on board, on this day in 1979. It was the worst airplane accident in New Zealand’s history. During the 1970s, air travel to Antarctica became more popular, as tourists sought to view the isolated and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:30 EST from rss

Subject: A media controversy ignites over the case of Tawana Brawley

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Tawana Brawley is found covered with feces and wrapped in garbage bags outside the Pavilion Condominiums in Wappingers Falls, New York. Brawley appeared to have undergone an extremely traumatic experience: parts of her hair were cut off, her pants were slightly burned, and there was a racial slur ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:41 EST from rss

Subject: Czechoslovakian Communist Party gives up monopoly on political power

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Confronted by the collapse of communist regimes in neighboring countries and growing protests in the streets, officials of the Czechoslovakian Communist Party announce that they will give up their monopoly on political power. Elections held the following month brought the first noncommunist ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:17 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Cane Hill, Arkansas

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On this day in 1862, during the Battle of Cane Hill, Union troops under General John Blunt drive Confederates under General John Marmaduke back into the Boston Mountains in northwestern Arkansas. The battle was part of a Confederate attempt topush the Yankees back into Missouri and recapture ground ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:42 EST from rss

Subject: Duryea Motor Wagon wins first car race in U.S.

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On this Thanksgiving Day in 1895, piloting a gas-powered “horseless carriage” of his and his brother’s own design, the mechanic, inventor and now racecar driver Frank Duryea wins the first motor-car race in the United States. The race, sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald, was intended to drum up ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:21 EST from rss

Subject: John Adams replaces Silas Deane

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After the judgment and loyalty of Silas Deane is called into question, Congress appoints John Adams to succeed Deane as the commissioner to France on this day in 1777. Deane had been recalled to America by Congress after fellow diplomat Arthur Lee accused him of misappropriating French funds. ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:10 EST from rss

Subject: New York Stock Exchange resumes bond trading

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On this day in 1914, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) reopens for bond trading after nearly four months, the longest stoppage in the exchange’s history. The outbreak of World War I in Europe forced the NYSE to shut its doors on July 31, 1914, after large numbers of foreign investors began selling ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:31 EST from rss

Subject: Enrico Fermi, architect of the nuclear age, dies

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On this day in 1954, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi, the first man to create and control a nuclear chain reaction, and one of the Manhattan Project scientists, dies in Chicago at the age of 53. Fermi was born in Rome on September 1, 1901. He made his career choice of physicist at age ...

[#] Mon Dec 05 2011 11:52:03 EST from rss

Subject: Dr. Conrad Murray receives four-year sentence in Michael Jackson

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On this day in 2011, Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of singer Michael Jackson, is sentenced in a Los Angeles County courtroom to four years behind bars. The iconic pop star died at age 50 at his California home after suffering cardiac arrest ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 12:02:11 EDT from rss

Subject: Chinese overwhelm Allies in North Korea

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Three weeks after U.S. General Douglas MacArthur first reported Chinese communist troops in action in North Korea, U.S.-led U.N. troops begin a desperate retreat out of North Korea under heavy fire from the Chinese. Near the end of World War II, the “Big Three” Allied powers–the United States, the ...

[#] Tue Jun 15 2010 06:11:48 EDT from rss

Subject: Silver Convention

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The following scenario might sound familiar: A pair of German music producers cut a record with hired studio musicians and release it under the name of a fictitious group. The record becomes an international dance hit, and suddenly the world wants to see the “artists” behind it—live and in person. ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:29 EST from rss

Subject: Johnson establishes Warren Commission

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One week after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes a special commission, headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, to investigate the assassination. After 10 months of gathering evidence and ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:10 EST from rss

Subject: Byrd flies over South Pole

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American explorer Richard Byrd and three companions make the first flight over the South Pole, flying from their base on the Ross Ice Shelf to the pole and back in 18 hours and 41 minutes. Richard Evelyn Byrd learned how to fly in the U.S. Navy and served as a pilot in World War I. An excellent ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:50 EST from rss

Subject: Last day at VW for Jose Ignacio Lopez

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On November 29, 1996, top Volkswagen official Jose Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua resigns from his job amidst accusations of racketeering and industrial espionage. Lopez had risen through the ranks as a purchasing executive at GM, where he had pioneered what The New York Times called “the most ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:58 EST from rss

Subject: U.N. votes for partition of Palestine

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Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state. The modern conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine dates back to the 1910s, when both groups laid claim to the British-controlled territory. The Jews were ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:50 EST from rss

Subject: McNamara resigns as Secretary of Defense

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Robert S. McNamara announces that he will resign as Secretary of Defense and will become president of the World Bank. Formerly the president of Ford Motor Company, McNamara had served as Secretary of Defense under two presidents, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, from 1961 until 1968. He ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:04 EST from rss

Subject: Communists vow to smash Phoenix program

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The Viet Cong High Command orders an all-out attempt to smash the Phoenix program. Hanoi Radio broadcasted a National Liberation Front directive calling for a new offensive to “utterly destroy” Allied forces. The broadcast added that the new operation was particularly concerned with eliminating ...

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