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[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:05 EST from rss

Subject: Indonesia invades East Timor

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Early in the morning, Indonesian forces launch a massive invasion of the former Portuguese half of the island of Timor, which lies near Australia in the Timor Sea. The Portuguese departed East Timor in August 1975, and Indonesian troops soon began infiltrating the border from Indonesian West Timor. ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:18 EST from rss

Subject: First execution by lethal injection

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The first execution by lethal injection takes place at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Charles Brooks, Jr., convicted of murdering an auto mechanic, received an intravenous injection of sodium pentathol, the barbiturate that is known as a “truth serum” when administered in lesser ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:04 EST from rss

Subject: Earthquake devastates Armenia

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In the Soviet Union, an earthquake of a 6.9 magnitude on the Richter scale hits northwestern Armenia, affecting an area 50 miles in diameter. The initial earthquake was followed four minutes later by a powerful 5.8 magnitude aftershock. More than 20 towns and 342 villages were affected, and 58 of ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:29 EST from rss

Subject: Pearl Harbor bombed

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At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:36 EST from rss

Subject: Situation deteriorates in South Vietnam

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The situation worsens in South Vietnam, as the Viet Cong attack and capture the district headquarters at An Lao and much of the surrounding valley 300 miles northeast of Saigon. South Vietnamese troops regained control only after reinforcements were airlifted into the area by U.S. helicopters. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:49 EST from rss

Subject: McNamara predicts that more U.S. troops will be needed

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In a memorandum to President Lyndon B. Johnson, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara states that U.S. troop strength must be substantially augmented “if we are to avoid being defeated there.” Cautioning that such deployments would not ensure military success, McNamara said the North Vietnamese and ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:06 EST from rss

Subject: Sugar Ray Leonard fights Roberto Duran for the third and final time

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On December 7, 1989, the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard triumphs over a lackluster Roberto Duran in a unanimous 12-round decision at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Leonard became a sensation in the boxing world during the 1980s, providing a superstar presence that boxing lacked after Muhammad Ali retired ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:22 EST from rss

Subject: FDR reacts to news of Pearl Harbor bombing

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On this day in 1941, at around 1:30 p.m., President Franklin Roosevelt is conferring with advisor Harry Hopkins in his study when Navy Secretary Frank Knox bursts in and announces that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. The attack killed more than 2,400 naval and military personnel. For weeks, a war ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:29 EST from rss

Subject: Lewis and Clark temporarily settle in Fort Clatsop

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Having spied the Pacific Ocean for the first time a few weeks earlier, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark cross to the south shore of the Columbia River (near modern-day Portland) and begin building the small fort that would be their winter home. Lewis, Clark, and their men deserved a rest. During ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:19:33 EST from rss

Subject: Willa Cather is born

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On this day in 1873, Willa Cather is born in Winchester, Virginia. Cather was the first of seven children born to an old Virginia family dating back to colonial times. Her maternal grandfather served several terms in the Virginia House of Delegates. Her grandmother was a strong, courageous woman ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:00 EST from rss

Subject: Clooney stars in Sinatra role in Ocean

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On this day in 2001, Ocean’s Eleven, a caper film featuring an all-star ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts, opens in theaters. Ocean’s Eleven was a remake of the 1960 film of the same name, which featured so-called ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:50 EST from rss

Subject: Earthquakes wreak havoc in Armenia

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Two earthquakes hit Armenia on this day in 1988, killing 60,000 people and destroying nearly half a million buildings. The two tremors, only minutes apart, were measured at 6.9 and 5.8 in magnitude and were felt as far away as Georgia, Turkey and Iran. It was 11:41 a.m. when the first, more ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:11 EST from rss

Subject: Commute of terror

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Colin Ferguson opens fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train from New York City, killing 6 and injuring 19. Other train passengers stopped the perpetrator by tackling and holding him down. Ferguson later attributed the shooting spree to his deep-seated hatred of white people. Colin Ferguson ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:10:36 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas

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On this day in 1862, northwestern Arkansas and southwestern Missouriare secured for the Union when a force commanded by General James G. Blunt holds off a force of Confederates under General Thomas Hindman at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Hindman assembled a force at Fort Smith, Arkansas, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:33 EST from rss

Subject: Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in United States for summit with Ronald Reagan

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Despite protests in Washington concerning Soviet human rights abuses, most Americans get swept up in “Gorbymania” as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives for his summit with President Ronald Reagan. Gorbachev and his wife, Raisa, charmed the American public and media by praising the United ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:47 EST from rss

Subject: NYC officials revive Lower Manhattan Expressway

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On this day in 1964, the New York City Board of Estimate votes to revive a controversial plan to build a 10-lane, $100 million elevated expressway across Lower Manhattan from the Holland Tunnel on the west to the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges on the east. In December 1962, the same board had ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:55 EST from rss

Subject: Delaware ratifies the Constitution

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On this day in 1787, Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the Constitution, doing so by a unanimous vote. This momentous event occurred exactly one year after the Hampshire Herald published a statement by Thomas Grover listing the demands made by the participants in Shays’ Rebellion. The ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:32 EST from rss

Subject: David Lloyd George becomes prime minister of Britain

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On the night of Thursday, May 29, 1913, the pioneering Russian ballet corps Ballet Russes performs Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), choreographed by the famous dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, at the Theatre de Champs-Elysees in Paris. In founding the Ballet Russes in ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:27:55 EST from rss

Subject: A date which will live in infamy

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On this day, in an early-morning sneak attack, Japanese warplanes bomb the U.S. naval base at Oahu Island’s Pearl Harbor—and the United States enters World War II. President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull knew a Japanese attack was imminent. Having received intelligence reports of ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:13:52 EDT from rss

Subject: Superpowers agree to reduce nuclear arsenals

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At a summit meeting in Washington, D.C., President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the first treaty between the two superpowers to reduce their massive nuclear arsenals. Previous agreements had merely been attempts by the two Cold War adversaries to limit the growth of their ...

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