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[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:10:01 EST from rss

Subject: NAFTA signed into law

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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Clinton said he hoped the agreement would encourage other nations to work toward a broader world-trade pact. NAFTA, a trade pact between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, eliminated virtually all ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:48 EST from rss

Subject: Mary Queen of Scots born

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In Linlithgow Palace in Scotland, a daughter is born to James V, the dying king of Scotland. Named Mary, she was the only surviving child of her father and ascended to the Scottish throne when the king died just six days after her birth. Mary’s French-born mother, Mary of Guise, sent her to be ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:03 EST from rss

Subject: John Lennon shot

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John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, the rock group that transformed popular music in the 1960s, is shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:45 EST from rss

Subject: The United States declares war on Japan

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On this day, as America’s Pacific fleet lay in ruins at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt requests, and receives, a declaration of war against Japan. Leaning heavily on the arm of his son James, a Marine captain, FDR walked haltingly into the House of Representatives at noon to request a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:55 EST from rss

Subject: Operation Tiger Hound launched

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In some of the heaviest raids of the war, 150 U.S. Air Force and Navy planes launch Operation Tiger Hound to interdict the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the lower portion of the Laotian panhandle, from Route 9 west of the Demilitarized Zone, south to the Cambodian border. The purpose of this operation, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:42 EST from rss

Subject: North Vietnam rejects Johnson

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The International Red Cross announces in Geneva that North Vietnam has rejected a proposal by President Johnson for a resolution of the prisoner of war situation. He had proposed a joint discussion of fair treatment and possible exchange of war captives held by both sides. The International Red ...

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

Subject: Nixon declares Vietnam War is ending

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At a news conference, President Richard Nixon says that the Vietnam War is coming to a “conclusion as a result of the plan that we have instituted.” Nixon had announced at a conference in Midway in June that the United States would be following a new program he termed “Vietnamization.” Under the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:36:52 EST from rss

Subject: Bears beat Redskins 73-0 in NFL Championship game

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On this day in 1940, the Chicago Bears trounce the Washington Redskins in the National Football League (NFL) Championship by a score of 73-0, the largest margin of defeat in NFL history. The Bears, coached by George Halas, brought a 6-2 record to their regular-season meeting with the Redskins in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:07 EST from rss

Subject: Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war on Japan

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On this day in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war on Japan in perhaps the most memorable speech of his career. The speech, in which he called Japan’s act a “deliberate deception,” received thunderous applause from Congress and, soon after, the United States officially ...

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

Subject: Jeanette Rankin casts sole vote against WWII

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On this day, Montanan Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress and a dedicated lifelong pacifist, casts the sole Congressional vote against the U.S. declaration of war on Japan. She was the only member of Congress to vote against U.S. involvement in both World Wars, having been among ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:17:57 EST from rss

Subject: James Thurber is born

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On this day in 1894, humorist James Thurber is born in Columbus, Ohio. When Thurber was about 7, he lost an eye in an accident while playing with his brothers. His disability made him shy and awkward, and he was something of a misfit until he discovered a love for writing while at Ohio State ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:57 EST from rss

Subject: John Lennon is assassinated in New York City

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Former Beatle John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. For those who were listening to the radio on the evening of December 8, 1980, the news was probably broken by a disc jockey reading from the sketchy initial bulletin that came over the Associated Press newswire ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:23 EST from rss

Subject: Meryl Streep stars in Sophie

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On this day in 1982, Sophie’s Choice, starring the actress Meryl Streep as a Holocaust survivor, opens in theaters. Directed by Alan J. Pakula (All The President’s Men, The Pelican Brief) and based on a 1979 novel of the same name by William Styron, Sophie’s Choice co-starred Kevin Kline and Peter ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:31 EST from rss

Subject: Theater fire kills hundreds in Vienna

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A fire at the Ring Theater in Vienna, Austria, kills at least 620 people and injures hundreds more on this day in 1881. The luxurious, ornate theater hosted the most popular performances of the day. On December 8, it was featuring the second night of Jacques Offenbach’s opera Les Contes d’Hoffman, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:43 EST from rss

Subject: John Lennon is murdered

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Singer John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his apartment building in New York City. After committing the murder, Chapman waited calmly outside, reading a copy of The Catcher in the Rye. Chapman was a troubled individual who was obsessed with Holden Caulfield, the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:31 EST from rss

Subject: Chinese Nationalists move capital to Taiwan

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As they steadily lose ground to the communist forces of Mao Zedong, Chinese Nationalist leaders depart for the island of Taiwan, where they establish their new capital. Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek left for the island the following day. This action marked the beginning of the “two Chinas” ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:01 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln issues Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction

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On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln offers his conciliatory plan for reunification of theUnited Stateswith his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction. By this point in the Civil War, it was clear that Lincoln needed to make some preliminary plans for postwar reconstruction. The ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:07 EST from rss

Subject: Auto-factory architect Albert Kahn dies

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On December 8, 1942, the architect and engineer Albert Kahn–known as “the man who built Detroit”–dies at his home there. He was 73 years old. Kahn and his assistants built more than 2,000 buildings in all, mostly for Ford and General Motors. According to his obituary in The New York Times, Kahn ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 07:03:59 EST from rss

Subject: Americans begin siege of Quebec

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Beginning on this day in 1775, Colonel Benedict Arnold and General Richard Montgomery lead an American force in the siege of Quebec. The Americans hoped to capture the British-occupied city and with it win support for the American cause in Canada. In June, Congress decided to send two columns of ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:27 EST from rss

Subject: The Battle of the Falkland Islands

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A month after German naval forces led by Admiral Maximilian von Spee inflicted the Royal Navy’s first defeat in a century by sinking two British cruisers with all hands off the southern coast of Chile, Spee’s squadron attempts to raid the Falkland Islands, located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, ...

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