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[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:19 EST from rss

Subject: Brits launch offensive against Italians in North Africa

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On this day, two British divisions, half of them composed of Indian troops, attack seven Italian divisions in Egypt. Overwhelmed, the Italian position in Egypt collapsed. Italy had declared war on Great Britain in June. At that time, Italian General Rodolfo Graziani had almost 10 times the number ...

[#] Mon Dec 05 2011 11:52:33 EST from rss

Subject: Avatar makes its world premiere

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On this day in 2009, “Avatar,” a 3-D science-fiction epic helmed by “Titanic” director James Cameron, makes its world debut in London and goes on to become the highest-grossing movie in history. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver, the box-office mega-hit was praised for its ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:08 EST from rss

Subject: Treaty of Paris ends Spanish-American War

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In France, the Treaty of Paris is signed, formally ending the Spanish-American War and granting the United States its first overseas empire. The Spanish-American War had its origins in the rebellion against Spanish rule that began in Cuba in 1895. The repressive measures that Spain took to suppress ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:57 EST from rss

Subject: Sex scandal involving Arkansas politician

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Representative Wilbur D. Mills, a Democrat from Arkansas, resigns as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the aftermath of the first truly public sex scandal in American politics. On October 7, 1974, at 2 a.m., Mills was stopped by Washington park police while driving at night with his ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:07 EST from rss

Subject: Bunche receives Nobel Peace Prize

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For his peace mediation during the first Arab-Israeli war, American diplomat Ralph Joseph Bunche receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Bunche was the first African American to win the prestigious award. Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1904, he entered the field of U.S. diplomacy while ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:38 EST from rss

Subject: First Nobel Prizes awarded

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The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The ceremony came on the fifth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite and other high explosives. In his will, Nobel directed that the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:39:26 EST from rss

Subject: Japan becomes master of the Pacific and South China Sea

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On this day, 4,000 Japanese troops land on the Philippine Islands, while Japanese aircraft sink the British warships Prince of Wales and Repulse. Guam, an American-controlled territory, was also seized. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill finally exclaims, “We have lost control of the sea.” ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:47 EST from rss

Subject: Calley trial defense begins

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The defense opens its case in the murder trial of Lt. William Calley. Charged with six specifications of premeditated murder, Calley was a platoon leader in Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light) of the 23rd (Americal) Division. He was tried because of his ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:44 EST from rss

Subject: Breakthrough appears near in Paris peace talks

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Technical experts on both sides begin work on the language of a proposed peace accord, giving rise to hope that a final agreement is near. A peace agreement was signed on January 23, 1973. The peace agreement came out of secret negotiations National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger was conducting ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:59 EST from rss

Subject: LaDainian Tomlinson breaks single-season touchdown record

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On December 10, 2006, the San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson racks up his 29th touchdown of the year, breaking the National Football League (NFL) record for touchdowns scored during a single season. Born in 1979, Tomlinson was selected by the Chargers in the first round of the NFL ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:38 EST from rss

Subject: Wilson awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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On this day in 1920, the Nobel Prize for Peace is awarded to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson for his work in ending the First World War and creating the League of Nations. Although Wilson could not attend the award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, the U.S. Ambassador to Norway, Albert Schmedeman, delivered ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:38 EST from rss

Subject: Wyoming grants women the vote

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Motivated more by interest in free publicity than a commitment to gender equality, Wyoming territorial legislators pass a bill that is signed into law granting women the right to vote. Western states led the nation in approving women’s suffrage, but some of them had rather unsavory motives. Though ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:44:00 EST from rss

Subject: Soul legend Otis Redding dies in a plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin

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When he left his final recording session in Memphis, Otis Redding intended to return soon to the song he’d been working on—he still had to replace a whistled verse thrown in as a placeholder with additional lyrics that he’d yet to write. In the meantime, however, there was a television appearance ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:17:22 EST from rss

Subject: Emily Dickinson is born

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On this day in 1830, Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson was a witty and popular student at Amherst Academy and at Mt. Holyoke but was viewed as somewhat unconventional. She made a few trips to Philadelphia and Boston but rarely left Amherst. She preferred her home, where ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:25 EST from rss

Subject: Mike Myers stars in Wayne

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On this day in 1993, Wayne’s World 2–the sequel to the 1992 hit comedy starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as a pair of long-haired, heavy-metal-loving slackers who produce a cable access TV show from their basement–opens in theaters. Co-written by Myers, Wayne’s World was based on a popular sketch ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:52 EST from rss

Subject: Music star dies in Wisconsin plane crash

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A plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin, kills soul singer Otis Redding and members of the Bar-Kays band on this day in 1967. The plane crashed into Lake Monona, several miles from the Madison airport. One survivor, Ben Cauley of the Bar-Kays, later reported that he had been asleep until just before ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:27 EST from rss

Subject: Frank Sinatra Jr. endures a frightening ordeal

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Frank Sinatra Jr., who was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, California, on December 8, is allowed to talk to his father briefly. The 19-year-old man, who was trying to follow in his father’s footsteps by pursuing a singing career, was abducted at gunpoint from his hotel room at Harrah’s Casino and taken to ...

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

Subject: Soviets arrest dissidents on United Nations Human Rights Day

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In Moscow, Soviet officials arrest four dissidents and prevent at least 20 others from attending a peaceful protest against communist political oppression on United Nations Human Rights Day. According to some of the protesters, Soviet officials threatened them with violence should the protest be ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:33 EST from rss

Subject: Sherman arrives in front of Savannah

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On this day in 1864, Union General William T. Sherman completes his March to the Sea when he arrives in front of Savannah, Georgia. Since mid-November of that year, Sherman’s army had been sweeping from Atlanta across the state to the south and east towards Savannah, one of the last Confederate ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:02 EST from rss

Subject: Ford builds its 1 millionth car

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On December 10, 1915, the 1 millionth Ford car rolls off the assembly line at the River Rouge plant in Detroit. At first, Henry Ford had built his cars like every other automaker did: one at a time. But his factories’ efficiency and output steadily increased, and after he introduced the moving ...

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