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[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:51 EST from rss

Subject: Yuan Shih-kai accepts Chinese throne

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With war raging in Europe, conflict also reigns in the Far East between two traditional enemies, Japan and an internally-divided China. On December 11, 1915, the first president of the new Chinese republic, Yuan Shih-kai, who had come to power in the wake of revolution in 1911 and the fall of the ...

[#] Tue Dec 11 2018 11:08:35 EST from rss

Subject: Millions Stolen from JFK Airport In the Infamous 'Lufthansa Heist'

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On December 11, 1978 half a dozen masked robbers raided the Lufthansa Airlines cargo building at JFK Airport in New York, making off with more than $5 million in cash ($21 million in today's dollars) and almost $1 million in jewelry. To this day, the Lufthansa heist, as it is known, is considered ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:14:05 EDT from rss

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While Motown Records founder Berry Gordy surely deserves credit for establishing the creative philosophy and business strategy that turned his Detroit-based company into a hit-making machine in the 1960s, the inner workings of that machine during the company’s early years depended almost as much on ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:10:00 EST from rss

Subject: Mona Lisa recovered in Florence

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Two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Mona Lisa is recovered inside Italian waiter Vincenzo Peruggia’s hotel room in Florence. Peruggia had previously worked at the Louvre and had participated in the heist with a group of accomplices ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:17 EST from rss

Subject: USS Panay sunk by Japanese

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During the battle for Nanking in the Sino-Japanese War, the U.S. gunboat Panay is attacked and sunk by Japanese warplanes in Chinese waters. The American vessel, neutral in the Chinese-Japanese conflict, was escorting U.S. evacuees and three Standard Oil barges away from Nanking, the war-torn ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:40 EST from rss

Subject: Marconi sends first Atlantic wireless transmission

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Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less. The message–simply the Morse-code signal for the letter ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:02 EST from rss

Subject: Father Flanagan establishes Boys Town

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In Omaha, Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan, a 31-year-old Irish priest, opens the doors to a home for troubled and neglected children, and six boys enter to seek a better life. Flanagan, who previously ran the Workingmen’s Hotel, a haven for down-and-out workers in Omaha, understood that ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:25 EST from rss

Subject: GM announces phase-out of Oldsmobile

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On this day in 2000, General Motors declares that it will begin to phase out the 103-year-old Oldsmobile, the oldest automotive brand in the United States. Oldsmobile had once been one of the most venerable and innovative American brands–Olds cars were the first to have decorative chrome trim, for ...

[#] Thu Dec 10 2009 10:59:58 EST from rss

Subject: Da Vinci notebook sells for over 5 million

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On this day in 1980, American oil tycoon Armand Hammer pays $5,126,000 at auction for a notebook containing writings by the legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci. The manuscript, written around 1508, was one of some 30 similar books da Vinci produced during his lifetime on a variety of subjects. It ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:15 EST from rss

Subject: Procedural questions cause difficulty at the peace talks

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The Paris Peace talks, which opened on May 10, continue to be plagued by procedural questions that impeded any meaningful progress. South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky refused to consent to any permanent seating plan that would place the National Liberation Front (NLF) on an equal footing with ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:03 EST from rss

Subject: Philippine soldiers depart South Vietnam

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The Philippine Civic Action Group, a 1,350-man contingent from the Army of the Philippines, departs South Vietnam. The contingent was part of the Free World Military Forces, an effort by President Lyndon B. Johnson to enlist allies for the United States and South Vietnam. By securing support from ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:25 EST from rss

Subject: NFL rookie Gale Sayers ties single-game TD record

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On this day in 1965, the rookie running back Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears scores six touchdowns during a single game against the San Francisco 49ers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, tying the National Football League (NFL) record for most touchdowns in a single game. Born in 1943, Sayers was a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:59 EST from rss

Subject: JFK memorial album sets record for sales

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On this day in 1963, a vinyl long-playing record (“LP”) called John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Memorial Album sets a record for album sales. A total of 4 million copies sold in the first six days of its release. The album, released on the Premier label, included recordings of some of Kennedy’s most ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:25 EST from rss

Subject: Cattle pioneer Charles Goodnight dies

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Charles Goodnight, co-founder of one of the most important southwestern cattle-drive trails, dies on this day. He was 93 years old. Born in Illinois in 1836, Goodnight came to Texas with his family when he was nine years old, and he thrived in the rugged frontier environment. His skill as a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:11 EST from rss

Subject: Flaubert is born

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French novelist Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary, is born on this day in 1821 in Rouen, France. Flaubert, the son of the chief surgeon of the hospital in Rouen, France, began writing stories in his teens. In 1840, he went to Paris to study law but failed his exams. Three years later, he ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:47 EST from rss

Subject: Hepburn, Tracy and Poitier star in Guess Who

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On this day in 1967, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, a groundbreaking movie about an interracial romantic relationship starring Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton, opens in theaters. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner followed the story of a young white woman (Houghton) ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:16 EST from rss

Subject: French soldiers killed in train accident

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More than 500 French soldiers are killed when their train derails in Modane, France, on this day in 1917. The troops were returning from fighting World War I in Italy. There was ample warning that the conditions were dangerous, but the French officers ignored the expert advice and insisted that the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:46 EST from rss

Subject: The Queen of Mean is sentenced to the slammer

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Leona Helmsley, nicknamed the “Queen of Mean” by the press, receives a four-year prison sentence, 750 hours of community service, and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York. For many, Helmsley became the object of loathing and disgust when she quipped that “only the little people pay taxes.” ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:58 EST from rss

Subject: A young murderer is indicted

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Fourteen-year-old Michael Carneal is indicted as an adult on three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder for the shooting of his classmates at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky. On December 1, Carneal pulled out a pistol and fired 11 shots into a group of students in the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:05 EST from rss

Subject: Shultz calls on European allies to increase defense spending

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During an official visit to Denmark, U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz issues a statement calling on America’s NATO allies in western Europe to sharply increase their defense spending. Shultz bluntly informed his Danish hosts that it was “important for all of us to increase our contributions ...

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