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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:17:58 EST from rss

Subject: Jane Austen

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English novelist Jane Austen is born on this day in 1775, the seventh of eight children of a clergyman in a country village in Hampshire, England. Jane was very close to her older sister, Cassandra, who remained her faithful editor and critic throughout her life. The girls had five years of formal ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:48 EST from rss

Subject: Saturday Night Fever turns Travolta into movie star

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On this day in 1977, Saturday Night Fever, a movie that ignites the disco dance craze across America, along with the movie career of its star, John Travolta, opens in theaters. Travolta earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his performance as 19-year-old Tony Manero, who during the week ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:50 EST from rss

Subject: Two airplanes collide over New York City

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On this day in 1960, two airplanes collide over New York City, killing 134 people on the planes and on the ground. The improbable mid-air collision is the only such accident to have occurred over a major city in U.S. history. It was a snowy morning in New York when a United DC-8 from Chicago was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:52 EST from rss

Subject: A terrorist bomber begins his deadly rampage

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Federal Judge Robert Vance is instantly killed by a powerful explosion after opening a package mailed to his housenear Birmingham, Alabama. Two days later, a mail bomb killed Robert Robinson, an attorney in Savannah, Georgia, in his office. Two other bomb packages, sent to the federal courthouse in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:35 EST from rss

Subject: Truman declares state of emergency

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In the wake of the massive Chinese intervention in the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman declares a state of emergency. Proclaiming that “Communist imperialism” threatened the world’s people, Truman called upon the American people to help construct an “arsenal of freedom.” In November, the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:45 EST from rss

Subject: Johnston named commander of Army of Tennessee

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On this day in 1863, Confederate President Jefferson Davis names General Joseph Johnston commander of the Army of Tennessee. Johnston replaced Braxton Bragg, who managed to lose all of Tennessee to the Union during 1863. A Virginia native, Johnston graduated from West Point in 1829 along with ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:14 EST from rss

Subject: Sons of Liberty dump British tea

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On this day in 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships moored in Boston Harbor and dump 342 chests of tea into the water. Now known as the “Boston Tea Party,” the midnight raid was a protest of the Tea Act of 1773, a bill enacted ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:10 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of the Bulge

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On this day, the Germans launch the last major offensive of the war, Operation Mist, also known as the Ardennes Offensive and the Battle of the Bulge, an attempt to push the Allied front line west from northern France to northwestern Belgium. The Battle of the Bulge, so-called because the Germans ...

[#] Fri Feb 24 2012 13:04:46 EST from rss

Subject: Kim Jong Il, leader of North Korea, dies

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On this day in 2011, Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s enigmatic, reclusive dictator, dies of a heart attack while reportedly traveling on a train in his country. Kim, who assumed leadership of North Korea upon the death of his father in 1994, ruled the Communist nation with an iron fist, and his ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:26:57 EST from rss

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A federal jury in Sacramento, California, sentences Lynette Alice Fromme, also known as “Squeaky” Fromme, to life in prison for her attempted assassination of President Gerald R. Ford. On September 5, a Secret Service agent wrested a semi-automatic .45-caliber pistol from Fromme, who brandished the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:20 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. approves end to internment of Japanese Americans

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During World War II, U.S. Major General Henry C. Pratt issues Public Proclamation No. 21, declaring that, effective January 2, 1945, Japanese American “evacuees” from the West Coast could return to their homes. On February 19, 1942, 10 weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, U.S. President ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:34 EST from rss

Subject: Peruvian rebels seize Japanese ambassador

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In Lima, Peru, 14 members of the Tupac Amaru leftist rebel movement, disguised as waiters and caterers, slip into the home of Japanese Ambassador Morihisa Aoki, where a reception honoring the birthday of the Japanese emperor was being held. The armed terrorists took 490 people hostage. Police ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:35 EST from rss

Subject: Aristide wins Haiti

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Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a radical Roman Catholic priest and opponent of the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier, is elected president of Haiti in a landslide victory. It was the first free election in Haiti’s history. However, less than one year later, in September 1991, Aristide was deposed in a ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:19 EST from rss

Subject: Stuntman Stan Barrett breaks the sound barrier

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On December 17, 1979, Hollywood stuntman Stan Barrett blasts across a dry lakebed at California’s Edwards Air Force Base in a rocket- and missile-powered car, becoming the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound on land. He did not set an official record, however. The radar scanner was ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:39 EST from rss

Subject: First airplane flies

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Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:29 EST from rss

Subject: Ford Madox Ford is born

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Ford Madox Ford, a writer, editor, and member of the so-called Lost Generation who served on the Western Front during the Great War, is born Ford Hermann Hueffer on this day in 1873. Hueffer (he would change his name to Ford Madox Ford in 1919) had already published his first andbest-known work, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:49 EST from rss

Subject: Cambodian forces under heavy pressure

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Cambodian government positions in Prak Ham, 40 miles north of Phnom Penh, and the 4,000-man base at Taing Kauk are the targets of continuous heavy bombardment by communist forces. The communist Khmer Rouge and their North Vietnamese allies were trying to encircle the capital city. Premier Lon Nol ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:12 EST from rss

Subject: Terrell Owens makes record-breaking 20 catches

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On December 17, 2000, during a 17-0 victory by the San Francisco 49ers over the Chicago Bears, San Francisco’s wide receiver Terrell Owens sets a new league record of 20 catches in a single game. Drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft, Owens was thrilled to join his hero, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:48 EST from rss

Subject: Grant expels Jews from Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi

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On this day in 1862, during the Civil War, U.S. Army General Ulysses S. Grant, the future 18th president of the United States, issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews suspected of engaging in war profiteering from a region occupied by the Union Army. Grant was commander of the military’s ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:59 EST from rss

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On this day, Rosemary “Silver Dollar” Tabor, the second daughter of Horace and Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor, is born. The Tabors were one of Colorado’s wealthiest families of the time. Silver’s mother, Elizabeth Doe, came west from Wisconsin with her husband, Harvey, in 1877; the couple hoped to make ...

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