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[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:10 EST from rss

Subject: Irish Free State declared

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The Irish Free State, comprising four-fifths of Ireland, is declared, ending a five-year Irish struggle for independence from Britain. Like other autonomous nations of the former British Empire, Ireland was to remain part of the British Commonwealth, symbolically subject to the king. The Irish Free ...

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[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:05:09 EST from rss

Subject: Washington Monument completed

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On this day in 1884, in Washington, D.C., workers place a nine-inch aluminum pyramid atop a tower of white marble, completing the construction of an impressive monument to the city’s namesake and the nation’s first president, George Washington. As early as 1783, the infant U.S. Congress decided ...

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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:13 EST from rss

Subject: Roosevelt to Japanese emperor:

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On this day, President Roosevelt—convinced on the basis of intelligence reports that the Japanese fleet is headed for Thailand, not the United States—telegrams Emperor Hirohito with the request that “for the sake of humanity,” the emperor intervene “to prevent further death and destruction in the ...

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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:12 EST from rss

Subject: Munitions ship explodes in Halifax

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At 9:05 a.m., in the harbor of Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the most devastating manmade explosion in the pre-atomic age occurs when the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, explodes 20 minutes after colliding with another vessel. As World War I raged in Europe, the port city of ...

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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:49 EST from rss

Subject: Operation Farm Gate combat missions authorized

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U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff authorize combat missions by Operation Farm Gate pilots. With this order, U.S. Air Force pilots were given the go-ahead to undertake combat missions against the Viet Cong as long as at least one Vietnamese national was carried on board the strike aircraft for training ...

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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:23 EST from rss

Subject: Fighting continues in South Vietnam while negotiators talk in Paris

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Fighting in South Vietnam intensifies as the secret Paris peace talks resume after a 24-hour break. The renewed combat was a result of both sides trying to achieve a positional advantage in the countryside in preparation for the possibility that a cease-fire might be worked out in Paris. Tan Son ...

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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:49 EST from rss

Subject: Jerry Rice scores record-breaking touchdown

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On this day in 1992, Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers catches his 101st career touchdown reception, breaking the record for most career touchdowns previously held by Steve Largent. Drafted in 1985 out of Mississippi Valley State University, Rice became a star wide receiver for the 49ers, a ...

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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:39 EST from rss

Subject: Monument to Washington completed

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On this day in 1884, the nation’s architectural tribute to its founding father, Revolutionary War hero and first president, George Washington, is completed. The Washington Monument, a 550-foot obelisk, still stands in the middle of Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Mall. Washington died in 1799; only 10 ...

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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:56 EST from rss

Subject: French-Canadian explorer La Verendrye dies

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In the midst of planning another expedition to search for the elusive Northwest Passage, French-Canadian explorer La Verendrye dies at the age of sixty-four in Montreal, Canada. Born in 1685 in the small frontier town of Trois-Rivieres, New France (now the Canadian province of Quebec), La Verendrye ...

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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:19:25 EST from rss

Subject: Ulysses is ruled not obscene

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On this day, a federal judge rules that Ulysses by James Joyce is not obscene. The book had been banned immediately in both the United States and England when it came out in 1922. Three years earlier, its serialization in an American review had been cut short by the U.S. Post Office for the same ...

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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:37 EST from rss

Subject: The Altamont Festival brings the 1960s to a violent end

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Altamont was the brainchild of the Rolling Stones, who hoped to cap off their U.S. tour in late 1969 with a concert that would be the West Coast equivalent of Woodstock, in both scale and spirit. Unlike Woodstock, however, which was the result of months of careful planning by a team of well-funded ...

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

Subject: Brokeback Mountain premieres

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On this day in 2005, Brokeback Mountain, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as a pair of cowboys who meet as sheep herders in Wyoming in 1963 and begin a romantic relationship that endures for two decades, premieres in New York City. Helmed by the Taiwanese director Ang Lee, the movieearned ...

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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:23 EST from rss

Subject: Ships explode in Canadian harbor

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On this day in 1917, a Belgian steamer and French freighter, both loaded with ammunition, explode in Canada’s Halifax Harbor, leveling part of the town and killing nearly 1,600 people and injuring approximately 8,000. The 8 million tons of TNT carried by the ships was intended for use in World War ...

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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:30:02 EST from rss

Subject: Train robbers reach the end of the line

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A guard, who had been shot by brothers Frank, William, and Simeon Reno during a train robbery in May, dies of his wounds. His death so infuriated the public that a group of vigilantes yanked the three brothers from their Indiana jail cell five days later and hanged them. Although the Reno ...

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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:48 EST from rss

Subject: Protests against Soviet treatment of Jews take place in Washington and Moscow

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On the eve of Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s arrival in the United States for a summit meeting with President Ronald Reagan, more than 200,000 protesters in Washington, and a much smaller number in Moscow, protest Soviet policies concerning Russian Jews. The protests succeeded in focusing ...

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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:05 EST from rss

Subject: 13th Amendment ratified

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On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, is ratified. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any ...

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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:39 EST from rss

Subject: Deaf stuntwoman Kitty O

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On December 6, 1976, the professional stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil sets the land-speed record for female drivers at the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon. The record hovered around 400 mph; O’Neil’s two-way average speed was 512.710 mph. (The rules that govern land-speed records require that a driver ...

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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:41 EST from rss

Subject: Whitemarsh skirmishes turn in Americans

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General George Washington’s battered forces manage to outsmart British General William Howe’s year-end attempt to drive the Americans from the hills in what is now Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. According to legend, a Quaker housewife named Lydia Darragh gave ...

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[#] Tue Jun 15 2010 06:12:24 EDT from rss

Subject: The Singing Nun reaches #1 on the U.S. pop charts with

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From the perspective of the American pop charts, December 1963 was, as the Four Seasons would later sing, a very special time indeed. The previous month, pop radio stations around the country had briefly gone dark out of respect for the late President John F. Kennedy following his assassination in ...

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[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:58 EST from rss

Subject: The First State

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In Dover, Delaware, the U.S. Constitution is unanimously ratified by all 30 delegates to the Delaware Constitutional Convention, making Delaware the first state of the modern United States. Less than four months before, the Constitution was signed by 37 of the original 55 delegates to the ...

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