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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:23 EST from rss

Subject: Americal Division stands down and departs

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The U.S. 23rd Division (Americal) ceases combat operations and begins its withdrawal from South Vietnam. The division had been activated in Vietnam on September 25, 1967, after which it assumed control of the 11th, 198th, and 199th Infantry Brigades (and associated support troops). Its ...

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

Subject: The legendary Eddie Robinson coaches his last game

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On November 29, 1997, Grambling State University football coach Eddie Robinson coaches his last college football game. (Grambling’s Tigers played the Southern University Jaguars at the Superdome in New Orleans; Southern won, 30-7.) He’d been coaching at Grambling, a historically black college near ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:25 EST from rss

Subject: LBJ forms commission to investigate Kennedy assassination

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On this day in 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints a special commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which had occurred a week earlier, on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. According to his memoirs and biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin, Johnson knew he had ...

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

Subject: Colorado militia massacre Cheyenne at Sand Creek

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Colonel John Chivington and his Colorado volunteers massacre a peaceful village of Cheyenne camped near Sand Creek in Colorado Territory, setting off a long series of bloody retaliatory attacks by Indians. Chivington, a former Methodist preacher with ambitions to become a territorial delegate to ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:29 EST from rss

Subject: Sue Miller is born

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Contemporary novelist Sue Miller is born this day in Boston. Miller graduated from Radcliffe College in 1964 and briefly worked as a high school teacher. She later worked as a model, a cocktail waitress, and administered psychological tests to rats in a university lab. She took three different ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:33 EST from rss

Subject: Actress Natalie Wood drowns

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On this day in 1981, the actress Natalie Wood, who starred in such movies as Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story, drowns in a boating accident near California’s Catalina Island. She was 43 years old. Born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, Wood began ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:40 EST from rss

Subject: Dust storm causes massive pileup in California

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A massive car and truck collision in Coalinga, California, kills 17 people on this day in 1991. More than 100 vehicles were involved in the accident on Interstate 5, which was caused by a dust storm. Interstate 5 runs north and south between Southern California and Northern California. On Saturday, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:50 EST from rss

Subject: Eisenhower goes to Korea

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Making good on his most dramatic presidential campaign promise, newly elected Dwight D. Eisenhower goes to Korea to see whether he can find the key to ending the bitter and frustrating Korean War.During the presidential campaign of 1952, Republican candidate Eisenhower was critical of the Truman ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:29 EST from rss

Subject: Sand Creek massacre

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On this day in 1864, peaceful Southern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians are massacred by a band of Colonel John Chivington’s Colorado volunteers at Sand Creek, Colorado. The causes of the Sand Creek massacre were rooted in the long conflict for control of the Great Plains of eastern Colorado. The Fort ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:36 EST from rss

Subject: Congress creates Committee of Secret Correspondence

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On this day in 1775, the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, establishes a Committee of Secret Correspondence. The committee’s goal was to provide European nations with a Patriot interpretation of events in Britain’s North American colonies, in the hope of soliciting aid for the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:24 EST from rss

Subject: Coffee rationing begins

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On this day in 1942, coffee joins the list of items rationed in the United States. Despite record coffee production in Latin American countries, the growing demand for the bean from both military and civilian sources, and the demands placed on shipping, which was needed for other purposes, required ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:22 EDT from rss

Subject: American nurse Maude Fisher writes to mother of war casualty

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On November 29, 1918, Maude Fisher, a nurse in the American Red Cross during World War I, writes a heartfelt letter to the mother of a young soldier named Richard Hogan to inform her of her son’s death in an army hospital. “My dear Mrs. Hogan,” Fisher began, “If I could talk to you I could tell you ...

[#] Mon Oct 18 2010 08:39:31 EDT from rss

Subject: Winston Churchill born

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Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, is born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. Churchill came from a prestigious family with a long history of military service and joined the British Fourth ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 06:38:05 EDT from rss

Subject: Elton John

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On November 30, 1974, Elton John’s Greatest Hits began a 10-week run atop the Billboard 200 pop album chart on its way to selling more than 24 million copies worldwide. Elton John was born and raised as Reginald Dwight in suburban London, and if you’d rearranged his DNA or his childhood environment ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:56 EST from rss

Subject: Meteorite strikes Alabama woman

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The first modern instance of a meteorite striking a human being occurs at Sylacauga, Alabama, when a meteorite crashes through the roof of a house and into a living room, bounces off a radio, and strikes a woman on the hip. The victim, Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges, was sleeping on a couch at the time of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:56 EST from rss

Subject: Brady Bill signed into law

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During a White House ceremony attended by James S. Brady, President Bill Clinton signs the Brady handgun-control bill into law. The law requires a prospective handgun buyer to wait five business days while the authorities check on his or her background, during which time the sale is approved or ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:32 EST from rss

Subject: Unsafe at Any Speed hits bookstores

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On this day in 1965, 32-year-old lawyer Ralph Nader publishes the muckraking book Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile. The book became a best-seller right away. It also prompted the passage of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, seat-belt ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:45 EST from rss

Subject: Folies Bergere stage first revue

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Once a hall for operettas, pantomime, political meetings, and vaudeville, the Folies Bergère in Paris introduces an elaborate revue featuring women in sensational costumes. The highly popular “Place aux Jeunes” established the Folies as the premier nightspot in Paris. In the 1890s, the Folies ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:39 EST from rss

Subject: German foreign minister celebrates revolution in Russia

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On this day in 1917, Foreign Minister Richard Von Kuhlmann stands before the German Reichstag government to deliver a speech applauding the recent rise to power in Russia of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and his radical socialist Bolshevik Party. Soon after November 7, 1917, when the Bolsheviks seized ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:59:16 EST from rss

Subject: White House announces no full withdrawal until final truce agreement signed

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White House Press Secretary Ron Zeigler announces to the press that the administration will make no more public statements concerning U.S. troop withdrawals from Vietnam since the level of U.S. presence had fallen to 27,000 men. Defense Department sources said that there would not be a full ...

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