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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:35 EST from rss

Subject: Texas Seven prison break

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On this day in 2000, seven convicts break out of a maximum-security prison in South Texas, setting off a massive six-week manhunt. The escapees, dubbed the “Texas Seven” by the media, overpowered civilian employees and prison guards in the maintenance shop where they worked and stole clothing, guns ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/texas-seven-prison-break

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:10:19 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Fredericksburg

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On this day in 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia repulses a series of attacks by General Ambrose Burnside’s Army of the Potomac at Fredericksburg, Virginia. The defeat was one of the most decisive loses for the Union army, and it dealt a serious blow to Northern ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-fredericksburg

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

Subject: John S. Service dismissed from State Department

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Foreign Service Officer John S. Service is dismissed from the Department of State following a determination by the Civil Service Commission’s Loyalty Board that there was “reasonable doubt” concerning his loyalty to the United States. Service was one of a number of so-called “China hands”—State ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-s-service-dismissed-from-state-department

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:02 EST from rss

Subject: Seattle

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On this day in 2003, Seattle preservationists load the city’s iconic Hat ‘n’ Boots Tex Gas Station onto a tractor-trailer and drive it away from the spot where it had stood for almost 50 years. The hat, a 44-foot–wide Stetson, went first; the 22-foot–tall cowboy boots followed it one at a time. ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seattles-hat-n-boots-finds-a-new-home

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:08 EST from rss

Subject: General Charles Lee leaves his troops for Widow White

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On this day in 1776, American General Charles Lee leaves his army, riding in search of female sociability at Widow White’s Tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. General George Washington had repeatedly urged General Lee to expedite his movements across New Jersey in order to reinforce Washington’s ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/general-charles-lee-leaves-his-troops-for-widow-whites-tavern

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:16 EST from rss

Subject: Goebbels complains of Italians

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On this day, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels records in his journal his contempt for the Italians’ treatment of Jews in Italian-occupied territories. “The Italians are extremely lax in their treatment of Jews. They protect Italian Jews both in Tunis and in occupied France and won’t permit ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/goebbels-complains-of-italians-treatment-of-jews

[#] Wed Dec 11 2013 09:26:49 EST from rss

Subject: Sandy Hook shooting occurs in Newtown, Connecticut

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On this day in 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Adam Lanza killed 20 first graders and six school employees before turning a gun on himself. Earlier that day, he killed his mother at the home they shared. The Sandy Hook shooting was, at the time, the second-deadliest ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/gunman-kills-students-and-adults-at-newtown-connecticut-elementary-school

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:14:34 EDT from rss

Subject: The birth of quantum theory

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German physicist Max Planck publishes his groundbreaking study of the effect of radiation on a “blackbody” substance, and the quantum theory of modern physics is born. Through physical experiments, Planck demonstrated that energy, in certain situations, can exhibit characteristics of physical ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-birth-of-quantum-theory

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:21 EST from rss

Subject: George Washington dies

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George Washington, the American revolutionary leader and first president of the United States, dies of acute laryngitis at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old. George Washington was born in 1732 to a farm family in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His first direct military ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/george-washington-dies

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:40 EST from rss

Subject: Indy

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On this day in 1909, workers place the last of the 3.2 million 10-pound bricks that pave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana (a town surrounded by the city of Indianapolis). Since then, most of that brick has been buried under asphalt, but one yard remains exposed at the ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/indy-brickyard-is-completed

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:02:59 EST from rss

Subject: Amundsen reaches South Pole

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Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first explorer to reach the South Pole, beating his British rival, Robert Falcon Scott. Amundsen, born in Borge, near Oslo, in 1872, was one of the great figures in polar exploration. In 1897, he was first mate on a Belgian expedition that was the first ever to ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/amundsen-reaches-south-pole

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:46 EST from rss

Subject: Operation Barrel Roll begins

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In Laos, Operation Barrel Roll, the name given to the first phase of the bombing plan approved by President Lyndon B. Johnson on December 1, begins with U.S. planes attacking “targets of opportunity” in northern Laos. This operation was initiated in response to a Pathet Lao offensive in the Plaine ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-barrel-roll-begins

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:14 EST from rss

Subject: Kennedy announces intent to increase aid to South Vietnam

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In a public exchange of letters with South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, President John F. Kennedy formally announces that the United States will increase aid to South Vietnam, which would include the expansion of the U.S. troop commitment. Kennedy, concerned with the recent advances made by ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-announces-intent-to-increase-aid-to-south-vietnam

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

Subject: Stan Smith is born

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On this day in 1946, the American tennis champion Stan Smith is born in Pasadena, California. A three-time All-American at the University of Southern California (USC), Smith captured the NCAA singles title in 1968 and the doubles title in 1967 and 1968. With his USC doubles partner, Bob Lutz, Smith ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/stan-smith-is-born

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:29 EST from rss

Subject: First U.S. President George Washington dies

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On this day in 1799, George Washington, the man described by fellow soldier and Virginian Henry Lee as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen” dies at his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the second son from the second marriage ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-u-s-president-george-washington-dies

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:01 EST from rss

Subject: George Washington dies at Mount Vernon

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A major landholder and promoter of western settlement, George Washington dies on this day in 1799 at his Mount Vernon home along the banks of the Potomac. From an early age, the future first president of the United States had a passionate interest in the vast unsettled territories of the West. Like ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/george-washington-dies-at-mount-vernon

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:29 EST from rss

Subject: Saturday Night Fever gets its world premiere and launches a musical juggernaut

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In a 2008 interview on BBC Radio 4, Robin Gibb confessed to making it through only the first 30 minutes of the world premiere, and to never having seen the rest of the picture in the decades that followed. Millions of Americans did, however, make it through the film that made a movie star out of ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/saturday-night-fever-gets-its-world-premiere-and-launches-a-musical-juggernaut

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:37 EST from rss

Subject: Aphra Behn is baptized

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On this day in 1640, Aphra Behn is baptized at Harbledown, near Canterbury, England. A successful playwright and novelist, Behn has been called the first Englishwoman to make her living as a writer. Behn’s origins are unclear, but historians believe she was probably the daughter of Bartholomew ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/aphra-behn-is-baptized

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

Subject: King Kong remake debuts

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On this day in 2005, King Kong, a remake of the classic 1933 film of the same name about a fictional giant ape who climbs New York City’s Empire State Building, opens in theaters. The original King Kong, starring Fay Wray as the great ape’s love interest, as well as Robert Armstrong and Bruce ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/king-kong-remake-debuts

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:17 EST from rss

Subject: Blizzard ravages Navajo reservation

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On this day in 1967, record snow continues to fall in New Mexico in a blizzard that eventually kills 51 people. In December of that year, snow fell almost constantly in the northern part of the state for two weeks, piling up to five feet in some areas. Particularly hard hit by the storm was the ...

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/blizzard-ravages-navajo-reservation

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