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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:24 EST from rss

Subject: John Jay is elected president of the Continental Congress

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On this day in 1778, John Jay, the former chief justice of the New YorkSupreme Court, is elected president of the Continental Congress. Jay, who graduated from King’s College (now Columbia University) at the age of 19, was a prominent figure in New York state politics from an early age. While Jay ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:18 EST from rss

Subject: Red Cross is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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After three years of war, during which there had been no Nobel Peace Prize awarded, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the 1917 prize to the International Committee of the Red Cross. From the outbreak of World War I, the Nobel Committee had decided not to award its annual peace prize, stating ...

[#] Wed Jul 20 2011 09:49:18 EDT from rss

Subject: Billionaire conman Bernard Madoff arrested

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On this day in 2008, financier Bernard Madoff is arrested at his New York City apartment and charged with masterminding a long-running Ponzi scheme later estimated to involve around $65 billion, making it one of the biggest investment frauds in Wall Street history. Madoff, who was born in Queens, ...

[#] Tue Jul 20 2010 12:54:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Yeltsin orders Russian forces into Chechnya

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In the largest Russian military offensive since the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks pour into the breakaway Russian republic of Chechnya. Encountering only light resistance, Russian forces had by evening pushed to the outskirts of the Chechen capital of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:13 EST from rss

Subject: UNICEF founded

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In the aftermath of World War II, the General Assembly of the United Nations votes to establish the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), an organization to help provide relief and support to children living in countries devastated by the war. After the food and medical ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:00 EST from rss

Subject: NYC authorities jettison plans for expressway across Lower Manhattan

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On December 11, 1962, the New York City Board of Estimate unanimously votes against a plan for a $100 million elevated expressway across the bottom of Manhattan. The road, known as the Lower Manhattan Expressway, had been in the works since 1941. It was supposed to link the Holland Tunnel on the ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:26 EST from rss

Subject: Edward VIII abdicates

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After ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He chose to abdicate after the British government, public, and the Church of England condemned his decision to marry the American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson. On the evening ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:39:00 EST from rss

Subject: Germany declares war on the United States

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On this day, Adolf Hitler declares war on the United States, bringing America, which had been neutral, into the European conflict. The bombing of Pearl Harbor surprised even Germany. Although Hitler had made an oral agreement with his Axis partner Japan that Germany would join a war against the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:58 EST from rss

Subject: Paratroopers depart South Vietnam

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Paratroopers from the U.S. Third Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, depart from Vietnam. The unit was sent to Vietnam in February 1968 as an emergency measure in response to the Communist 1968 Tet Offensive. Landing at Chu Lai, the unit was attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) and ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:30 EST from rss

Subject: First U.S. helicopters arrive in South Vietnam.

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The ferry carrier, USNS Core, arrives in Saigon with the first U.S. helicopter unit. This contingent included 33 Vertol H-21C Shawnee helicopters and 400 air and ground crewmen to operate and maintain them. Their assignment was to airlift South Vietnamese Army troops into combat.

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:22 EST from rss

Subject: Muhammad Ali vs. Trevor Berbick

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On this day in 1981, the Jamaican boxer Trevor Berbick beat former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in a unanimous 10-round decision, before a crowd of 10,000 at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre in Nassau, the Bahamas. At the age of 39, Ali (born Cassius Clay) was attempting his second comeback ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:35 EST from rss

Subject: Madison presents trade agreement to Congress

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On this day in 1815, President James Madison (1809-1817) presents to Congress a trade agreement with Great Britain that would regulate commerce between the two countries. The agreement came just one year after the signing of the treaty that ended the War of 1812. The commerce agreement secured ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:19 EST from rss

Subject: Buffalo Bill Cody makes his first stage appearance

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Already appearing as a well-known figure of the Wild West in popular dime novels, Buffalo Bill Cody makes his first stage appearance on this day, in a Chicago-based production of The Scouts of the Prairie. Unlike many of his imitators in Wild West shows and movies, William Frederick Cody actually ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:28 EST from rss

Subject: Sam Cooke dies under suspicious circumstances in LA

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On December 11, 1964, in response to a reported shooting, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department were dispatched to the Hacienda Motel, where they found Sam Cooke dead on the office floor, shot three times in the chest by the motel’s manager, Bertha Franklin. The authorities ruled Cooke’s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:28 EST from rss

Subject: Alexander Solzhenitsyn is born

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On this day in 1918, Alexander Solzhenitsyn is born in the Caucasus Mountains in Russia. Solzhenitsyn’s father, an artillery officer on the German front in World War I, died before Solzhenitsyn was born, and he was raised by his mother, a typist. He began writing as a child but studied mathematics ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:12 EST from rss

Subject: Tootsie actress Teri Garr born

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On this day in 1944, the actress Teri Garr, who will rise to fame in Hollywood in the 1970s with such hit films as Oh, God! and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, is born in Lakewood, Ohio. Garr was born into a show business family: Her father was a vaudeville performer and her mother was a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:38 EST from rss

Subject: Toronto endures record snowstorm

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The city of Toronto, Canada, is battered with its worst-ever snowfall on this day in 1944. Twenty-one people died as a result of the record storm, in which nearly 20 inches of snow fell in a single day. The storm began hundreds of miles to the south near the Gulf of Mexico; it stalled after moving ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:11:24 EST from rss

Subject: Federals occupy Fredericksburg

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On this day in 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac occupies Fredericksburg, Virginia, as General Ambrose Burnside continues to execute his plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia.However, the occupation did not happen until three weeks after Burnside’s army had arrived at ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:17 EST from rss

Subject: Soviets declare nudity a sign of

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On this day, the secretary of the Moscow writer’s union declares that nudity as displayed in the popular play “Oh! Calcutta!” is a sign of decadence in Western culture. More disturbing, he claimed, was the fact that this “bourgeois” thinking was infecting Russian youth. Sergei Mikhailkov, best ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:23 EST from rss

Subject: British delay Washington

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On this day in 1777, General George Washington begins marching 12,000 soldiers of his Continental Army from Whitemarsh to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for the winter. As Washington’s men began crossing the Schuylkill River, they were surprised by a regiment of several thousand British troops led by ...

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