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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:52 EST from rss

Subject: Memorandum outlines terms for bombing halt

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In a confidential memorandum to Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, Assistant Secretary of Defense John McNaughton outlines the terms that should precede any permanent bombing halt. He said that North Vietnam must not only cease infiltration efforts, but also take steps to withdraw troops currently ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:46 EST from rss

Subject: Indian field hockey gold medalist Dhyan Chand dies

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On December 3, 1979, the Olympic gold medal-winning field hockey player Dhyan Chand dies in Delhi, India. Born Dhyan Singh in August 1905, he got his more well-known last name when his first coach predicted his talent would allow him to shine like a chand, or moon. True to the coach’s prediction, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:30 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln reaches legal milestone

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On this day in 1839, future President Abraham Lincoln advances to another stage in his legal career when he is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Circuit Court. It was during his years practicing law that Lincoln honed his now famous oratorical skills. Lincoln made the first step toward becoming ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:11 EST from rss

Subject: Illinois becomes the 21st state

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Illinois achieves full statehood on this day. Though Illinois presented unique challenges to immigrants unaccustomed to the soil and vegetation of the area, it grew to become a bustling and densely populated state. The strange but beautiful prairie lands east of the Mississippi and north of Lake ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:42:50 EST from rss

Subject: Eleven people killed in a stampede outside Who concert in Cincinnati, Ohio

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The general-admission ticketing policy for rock concerts at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum in the 1970s was known as “festival seating.” That term and that ticketing policy would become infamous in the wake of one of the deadliest rock-concert incidents in history. Eleven people, including three ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:41 EST from rss

Subject: Joseph Conrad

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On this day in 1857, Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski–later known as Joseph Conrad–is born in Poland. Conrad spent his early childhood in northern Russia, where his father, a Polish poet and patriot, had been exiled. His parents both died of tuberculosis when he was 12. An uncle raised Joseph for ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:45 EST from rss

Subject: Heavy-metal legend Ozzy Osbourne born

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On this day in 1948, John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne, the heavy-metal musician and star of the pioneering reality TV program The Osbournes, which originally aired from 2002 to 2005, is born in Birmingham, England. Osbourne first gained fame in the 1970s as a founding member and the lead vocalist of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:54 EST from rss

Subject: Explosion kills 2,000 at pesticide plant

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An explosion at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, on this day in 1984, leads to the worst industrial accident in history. At least 2,000 people died and another 200,000 were injured when toxic gas enveloped the city. Bhopal was a city of nearly a million people in India’s Madhya ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:52 EST from rss

Subject: The clothes make the man . . . guilty

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Five-year-old Melissa Brannen disappears without a trace from a Christmas party in Fairfax, Virginia. The intensive forensic investigation that followed led to the arrest of party guest Caleb Hughes and, in the process, demonstrated how technically advanced crime solving had become. After ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:23 EST from rss

Subject: Bush and Gorbachev suggest Cold War is coming to an end

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Meeting off the coast of Malta, President George Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev issue statements strongly suggesting that the long-standing animosities at the core of the Cold War might be coming to an end. Commentators in both the United States and Russia went farther and declared that ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:25 EST from rss

Subject: George McClellan born

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On this day in 1826, Union General George McClellan is born in Philadelphia. Although McClellan emerged early in the war as a Union hero, he failed to effectively prosecute the war in the East. McClellan graduated from West Point in 1846, second in his class. He served with distinction in the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:34 EST from rss

Subject: Last AMC Pacer rolls off assembly line

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On December 3, 1979, the last Pacer rolls off the assembly line at the American Motors Corporation (AMC) factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin. When the car first came on the market in 1975, it was a sensation, hailed as the car of the future. “When you buy any other car,” ads said, “all you end up with is ...

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

Subject: Washington arrives at the banks of the Delaware

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In a letter dated December 3, 1776, General George Washington writes to Congress from his headquarters in Trenton, New Jersey, to report that he had transported much of the Continental Army’s stores and baggage across the Delaware River to Pennsylvania. In his letter Washington wrote, Immediately ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:12 EST from rss

Subject: Nivelle replaces Joffre as French commander

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As part of a general upheaval within the French government and military due in part to demoralizing losses at Verdun and the Somme, the formidable General Joseph-Jacques-CÉsaire Joffre is dismissed as commander in chief of the French forces in favor of General Robert Nivelle. French authorities ...

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

Subject: Civil war breaks out in Athens

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On this day, a civil war breaks out in Athens as communist guerillas battle democratic forces for control of a liberated Greece. Germany had occupied Greece to bail out Italy after Italy’s failed invasion threatened to leave Greece open to Allied occupation. When Germany arrived, various Greek ...

[#] Tue Nov 20 2018 12:09:13 EST from rss

Subject: Typhoon "Pablo" Kills over 1,000 People in the Philippines

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On December 4, 2012, Bopha, a Category 5 typhoon nicknamed “Pablo,” struck the Philippines. Rushing flood waters destroyed entire villages and killed over one thousand people, in what was the strongest typhoon ever to strike the Southeast Asian islands. "Entire families may have been washed away," ...

[#] Fri Mar 18 2011 07:15:38 EDT from rss

Subject: Amanda Knox convicted of murder in Italy

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On this day in 2009, 22-year-old American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007 in Perugia, Italy. Knox received a 26-year prison sentence, while her 25-year-old Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaelle Sollecito, who also was convicted in the ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:13:30 EDT from rss

Subject: The

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The modest storefront recording studio at 760 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, played an outsize role in rock-and-roll history. And of the many historic moments that occurred there, none is more famous than the impromptu jam session by four young rock-and-roll giants that took place on this day ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:10:05 EST from rss

Subject: The mystery of the Mary Celeste

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The Dei Gratia, a small British brig under Captain David Morehouse, spots the Mary Celeste, an American vessel, sailing erratically but at full sail near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was seaworthy, its stores and supplies were untouched, but not a soul was onboard. On November ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:30 EST from rss

Subject: President Wilson travels to Europe

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President Woodrow Wilson departs Washington, D.C., on the first European trip by a U.S. president. After nine days at sea aboard the S.S. George Washington, Wilson arrived at Brest, France, and traveled by land to Versailles, where he headed the American delegation to the peace conference seeking ...

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