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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:30:11 EST from rss

Subject: World Series parachutist sentenced

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Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Game Six of the 1986 World Series at New York’s Shea Stadium, is fined $500 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service. On October 25, Sergio, a 37-year-old actor and Mets fan, landed on the infield with a “Let’s Go Mets” banner in the first inning of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:04 EST from rss

Subject: Gorbachev releases Sakharov from internal exile

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Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev releases Andrei Sakharov and his wife, Elena Bonner, from their internal exile in Gorky, a major city on the Volga River that was then closed to foreigners. The move was hailed as evidence of Gorbachev’s commitment to lessening political repression inside the Soviet ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:38 EST from rss

Subject: James Archer born

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On this day in 1817, Confederate General James Archer is born in Harford County, Maryland. Archer received his education at Princeton Universitybefore servingwith the Maryland volunteers during the Mexican War (1846-48). He earned a brevet promotion (an honorary promotion usually given for ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:19 EST from rss

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On December 19, 1968, Warner Brothers releases the movie “Bullitt,” starring Steve McQueen, in Sweden, some two months after its debut in U.S. theaters. Many critics consider “Bullitt” to be one of the greatest action movies ever made, not because of its script or special effects–the plot is ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:27 EST from rss

Subject: Thomas Paine publishes American Crisis

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These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:57 EST from rss

Subject: Haig becomes commander-in-chief of the British army in France

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In the wake of the British defeat at the Battle of Loos in September 1915, Sir Douglas Haig replaces Sir John French as commander-in-chief of all British forces on the Western Front. Haig, who commanded the 1st Army of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) at Loos, had asked French to authorize ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:24 EST from rss

Subject: Hitler takes command of the German army

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On this day, in a major shake-up of the military high command, Adolf Hitler assumes the position of commander in chief of the German army. The German offensive against Moscow was proving to be a disaster. A perimeter had been established by the Soviets 200 miles from the city—and the Germans ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:49:17 EDT from rss

Subject: French crack down on Vietnamese rebels

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The morning after Viet Minh forces under Ho Chi Minh launched a night revolt in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, French colonial troops crack down on the communist rebels. Ho and his soldiers immediately fled the city to regroup in the countryside. That evening, the communist leader issued a ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:13:57 EDT from rss

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Hip hop was born when DJs began rapping over dance records, and no dance records were better suited to rapping than those that included a “breakbeat”—a drum break that could be repeated almost endlessly as an accompaniment to rapping. It is impossible to know who first employed “The Funky Drummer” ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:14 EST from rss

Subject: The U.S. invades Panama

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The United States invades Panama in an attempt to overthrow military dictator Manuel Noriega, who had been indicted in the United States on drug trafficking charges and was accused of suppressing democracy in Panama and endangering U.S. nationals. Noriega’s Panamanian Defense Forces (PDF) were ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:51 EST from rss

Subject: NATO assumes peacekeeping duties in Bosnia

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During a brief military ceremony in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, French General Bernard Janvier, head of the United Nations peacekeeping force, formally transfers military authority in Bosnia to U.S. Admiral Leighton Smith, commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Southern ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:28 EST from rss

Subject: Elvis Presley is drafted

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On this day in 1957, while spending the Christmas holidays at Graceland, his newly purchased Tennessee mansion, rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice for the United States Army. With a suggestive style–one writer called him “Elvis the Pelvis”–a hit movie, Love Me Tender, and a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:09 EST from rss

Subject: President Johnson visits Australia, Thailand, and Vietnam

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President Lyndon B. Johnson attends a memorial service for Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt in Melbourne and then visits Vietnam, Thailand, and the Vatican. Arriving in Thailand on December 23, Johnson visited the U.S. air base at Korat, where he told the U.S. pilots there that the United ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:58 EST from rss

Subject: National Liberation Front formed

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North Vietnam announces the formation of the National Front for the Liberation of the South at a conference held “somewhere in the South.” This organization, more commonly known as the National Liberation Front (NLF), was designed to replicate the success of the Viet Minh, the umbrella nationalist ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:39 EST from rss

Subject: Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt get landmark goals in same game

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On December 20, 1983, ice hockey stars Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt of the Montreal Canadiens score their 500th and 400th career goal, respectively, in a 6-0 rout of the New Jersey Devils at Byrne Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey. Revered for his offensive game and considered one of the best right ...

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

Subject: Jackson submits Indian treaty to Congress

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On this day in 1836, President Andrew Jackson presents Congress with a treaty he negotiated with the Ioway, Sacs, Sioux, Fox, Otoe and Omaha tribes of the Missouri territory. The treaty, which removed those tribes from their ancestral homelands to make way for white settlement, epitomized racist ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:09 EST from rss

Subject: The French surrender Orleans to the U.S.

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Without a shot fired, the French hand over New Orleans and Lower Louisiana to the United States. In April 1803, the United States purchased from France the 828,000 square miles that had formerly been French Louisiana. The area was divided into two territories: the northern half was Louisiana ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:36 EST from rss

Subject: John Fletcher is baptized

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On this day, playwright John Fletcher is baptized in Sussex, England. Fletcher was a prodigy who was admitted to Cambridge before he turned 12. His history is unknown between then and 1607, but after 1607 he was engaged in composing his own plays or collaborating closely with Francis Beaumont. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:24 EST from rss

Subject: Michael Moore

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On this day in 1989, Roger & Me, a documentary by Michael Moore about his quest to interview Roger Smith, who was then chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors, opens in theaters. The film examines the devastating impact on the people of Moore’s hometown of Flint, Michigan, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:59 EST from rss

Subject: Ferry collides with oil tanker near Manila

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A passenger ferry collides with an oil tanker near Manila in the Philippines on this day in 1987, leaving 4,000 people dead. The ferry, the Dona Paz, was severely overcrowded, carrying more than twice its stated capacity, and nearly everyone on board was killed. Sulpicio Lines owned the 2,215-ton ...

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