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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:24 EST from rss

Subject: Heavy rain leads to mudslides in Venezuela

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Flooding and mudslides caused by extremely heavy rains on this day in 1999 kill thousands in Venezuela. Another 350,000 people, mostly the very poor, were left homeless from the terrible storm. In the Caracas metropolitan area, about 80 percent of the population was impoverished in the late 1990s. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:40 EST from rss

Subject: James Brown begins his prison sentence

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Legendary singer James Brown, also known as the “Godfather of Soul” and the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” becomes inmate number 155413 at the State Park Correctional Institute in South Carolina. Brown had had several run-ins with the law during the summer of 1988 that landed him on ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:50 EST from rss

Subject: United States announces that it will recognize communist China

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In one of the most dramatic announcements of the Cold War, President Jimmy Carter states that as of January 1, 1979, the United States will formally recognize the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC) and sever relations with Taiwan. Following Mao Zedong’s successful revolution in China in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:33 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Nashville, Tennessee

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On this day in 1864, the once powerful Confederate Army of Tennessee is nearly destroyed when a Union army commanded by General George Thomas swarms over the Rebel trenches around Nashville. The Battle of Nashvillewas thefinale in a disastrous year for General John Bell Hood’s Confederates. The ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:22 EST from rss

Subject: The Bill of Rights becomes law

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On this day in 1791, Virginia becomes the last state to ratify the Bill of Rights, making the first ten amendments to the Constitution law and completing the revolutionary reforms begun by the Declaration of Independence. Before the Massachusetts ratifying convention would accept the Constitution, ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:41 EDT from rss

Subject: British begin evacuation of Gallipoli

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On December 15, Allied forces begin a full retreat from the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, ending a disastrous invasion of the Ottoman Empire. The Gallipoli campaign resulted in 250,000 Allied casualties and a greatly discredited Allied military command. Roughly an equal number of ...

[#] Tue Apr 12 2011 11:18:01 EDT from rss

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On this day in 2010, Larry King, the iconic, suspenders-sporting host of TV talk show “Larry King Live,” signs off after 25 years on the air. The 77-year-old King had hosted the hour-long CNN program, featuring interviews with movies stars, world leaders, politicians, musicians and other ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:58:12 EDT from rss

Subject: Earthquake devastates Gansu province of China

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One of the deadliest earthquakes in history hits the Gansu province of midwestern China, causing massive landslides and the deaths of an estimated 200,000 people. The earthquake, which measured 8.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, affected an area of some 25,000 square miles, including 10 major ...

[#] Tue Mar 16 2010 11:16:18 EDT from rss

Subject: Antonin Dvorak

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On December 16, 1893, the Philharmonic Society of New York gave the world premiere performance of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World” at Carnegie Hall. In his review of the performance the following day, New York Times music critic W.J. Henderson called ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:17 EST from rss

Subject: Pakistani forces defeated in Bangladesh

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Two weeks after the Indian invasion of East Pakistan in support of the independence movement there, 90,000 Pakistani troops surrender to the Indian forces. East Pakistan was subsequently declared the independent nation of Bangladesh. At the end of British rule in the Indian subcontinent in 1947, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:05 EST from rss

Subject: Earthquake rocks the American wilderness

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In the Mississippi River Valley near New Madrid, Missouri, the greatest series of earthquakes in U.S. history begins when a quake of an estimated 8.6 magnitude on the Richter scale slams the region. Although the earthquake greatly altered the topography of the region, the area was only sparsely ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:48 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of the Bulge begins

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With the Anglo-Americans closing in on Germany from the west and the Soviets approaching from the east, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler orders a massive attack against the western Allies by three German armies. The German counterattack out of the densely wooded Ardennes region of Belgium took the Allies ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:03 EST from rss

Subject: OPEC states raise oil prices

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On December 16, 1979, the night before the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ annual price-setting meeting in Caracas, two member states (Libya and Indonesia) announce plans to raise the price of their oil by $4 (Libya) and $2 (Indonesia) per barrel. (The resulting prices–$30 and $25.50 ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:49 EST from rss

Subject: The Boston Tea Party

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In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor. The midnight raid, popularly known as the “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:43 EST from rss

Subject: Germans bombard English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough

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At approximately 8 o’clock in the morning, German battle cruisers from Franz von Hipper’s Scouting Squadron catch the British navy by surprise as they begin heavy bombardment of Hartlepool and Scarborough, English port cities on the North Sea. The bombardment lasted for about one and a half ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:59:09 EST from rss

Subject: Westmoreland asks for more troops

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Gen. William Westmoreland, Commander of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam, sends a request for more troops. With nearly 200,000 U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam already, Westmoreland sent Defense Secretary Robert McNamara a message stating that he would need an additional 243,000 ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:22 EST from rss

Subject: Kissinger announces that North Vietnamese left negotiations

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Henry Kissinger announces at a news conference in Washington that the North Vietnamese have walked out of the ongoing private negotiations in Paris. President Richard Nixon turned to private negotiations in August 1969 because of the all but total impasse in the official negotiations that had been ...

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

Subject: OJ Simpson rushes record 2,000 yards in a season

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On December 16, 1973, the Buffalo Bills running back Orenthal James “OJ” Simpson becomes the first player in the National Football League (NFL) to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season. After leading the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory and winning ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:04 EST from rss

Subject: Clinton orders air attack on Iraq

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On this day in 1998, President Bill Clinton announces he has ordered air strikes against Iraq because it refused to cooperate with United Nations (U.N.) weapons inspectors. Clinton’s decision did not have the support of key members of Congress, who accused Clinton of using the air strikes to direct ...

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

Subject: Edwards declares the Texas Republic of Fredonia

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In an act that foreshadowed the American rebellions to come, Benjamin Edwards rides into Mexican-controlled Nacogdoches, Texas, and proclaims himself the ruler of the Republic of Fredonia. The brother of a corrupt backer of an American colony in Texas, Benjamin Edwards made the bold (and perhaps ...

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