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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:57 EST from rss

Subject: Man chased to his death in Howard Beach hate-crime

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On this day in 1986, three black men are attacked by a group of white teenagers yelling racial slurs in Howard Beach, a predominately white, middle-class, Italian-American neighborhood in Queens, New York. Earlier that night, the men were driving from Brooklyn to Queens, when their car broke down ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:20 EST from rss

Subject: Berlin Wall opened for first time

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More than two years after the Berlin Wall was constructed by East Germany to prevent its citizens from fleeing its communist regime, nearly 4,000 West Berliners are allowed to cross into East Berlin to visit relatives. Under an agreement reached between East and West Berlin, over 170,000 passes ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:23 EST from rss

Subject: Raid on Holly Springs, Mississippi

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On this day in 1862, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn thwarts Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s first attempt to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi, when Van Dorn attacks Grant’s supplies at Holly Springs, Mississippi. Grant planned a two-pronged attack on the last Confederate stronghold on the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:00 EST from rss

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Though Moore leavened his depressing movie with goofy anecdotes and absurdist set-pieces, the humor did not disguise his rage at what had been done to his hometown, a city that had once (thanks to GM) been so thriving that people came from all over the country in hopes of landing one of its ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:29 EST from rss

Subject: Virginia cedes western land to federal government

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On this day in 1783, Virginia cedes the vast territory it had previously claimed by right of colonial charter to the federal government of the United States. The Ohio Valley territory, which covered the area north of the Ohio River, east of the Mississippi River, and south of the Great Lakes and ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:37 EST from rss

Subject: First Battle of Champagne begins

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After minor skirmishes, the First Battle of Champagne begins in earnest, marking the first major Allied attack against the Germans since the initiation of trench warfare on the Western Front. Still determined to win a quick victory, and despite early defeats in the trenches against German ...

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

Subject: Hitler to Halder: No retreat!

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On this day, in one of his first acts as the new commander in chief of the German army, Adolf Hitler informs General Franz Halder that there will be no retreating from the Russian front near Moscow. “The will to hold out must be brought home to every unit!” Halder was also informed that he could ...

[#] Mon Oct 17 2011 08:18:40 EDT from rss

Subject: Curious George co-creator Margret Rey dies

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On this day in 1996, Margret Rey, who with her husband Hans created the popular “Curious George” children’s books about a mischievous monkey, dies at age 90 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Reys, both German Jews, escaped wartime Europe in 1940 and fled to America. The following year, the first ...

[#] Mon Oct 18 2010 05:49:13 EDT from rss

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On this day in 1967, the film “The Graduate” opens at two theaters in New York: the Coronet on Third Avenue and the Lincoln Art Theater on Broadway. The film, based on a 1963 novel by Charles Webb, had a simple premise: As its screenwriter explained it, “this kid graduates college, has an affair ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 06:48:43 EDT from rss

Subject: Harry Chapin earns a #1 hit with

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Harry Chapin earned a reputation as a politically conscious singer-songwriter who dedicated himself, in the years before his untimely death, to various noble causes, including wiping out world hunger. Indeed, his greatest legacy may stem more from his charitable efforts than from his music itself, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:49 EST from rss

Subject: De Gaulle elected

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Three months after a new French constitution was approved, Charles de Gaulle is elected the first president of the Fifth Republic by a sweeping majority of French voters. The previous June, France’s World War II hero was called out of retirement to lead the country when a military and civilian ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:19 EST from rss

Subject: Carlos the Jackal attacks OPEC headquarters

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In Vienna, Austria, Carlos the Jackal leads a raid on a meeting of oil ministers from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). German and Arab terrorists stormed in with machine guns, killed three people, and took 63 people hostage, including 11 OPEC ministers. Calling his group ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:30 EST from rss

Subject: Apollo 8 departs for moon

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Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, Jr., and William Anders aboard. On Christmas Eve, the astronauts entered into orbit around the moon, the first manned spacecraft ever to do so. During ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:27 EST from rss

Subject: Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Scotland

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On this day in 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members aboard, as well as 11 Lockerbie residents on the ground. A bomb hidden inside an audio cassette player detonated in the cargo area when the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:39:55 EST from rss

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On this day, General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. 3rd Army, dies from injuries suffered not in battle but in a freak car accident. He was 60 years old. Descended from a long line of military men, Patton graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1909. He represented the United ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:41 EST from rss

Subject: Sir William Robertson is appointed chief of the Imperial General Staff

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Shortly after Sir Douglas Haig is installed as the new commander-in-chief of the British forces, his steadfast supporter, Sir William Robertson, is appointed the new chief of the Imperial General Staff, with King George’s backing and over the head of the embattled British war secretary, Sir Horatio ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:04 EST from rss

Subject: Thailand announces plans to withdraw troops

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Thailand announces plans to withdraw its 12,000-man contingent from South Vietnam. Thai forces went to Vietnam as 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 other nations, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:11 EST from rss

Subject: Defense Department reports eight B-52s lost during Linebacker II

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The Defense Department announces that eight B-52 bombers and several fighter-bombers were lost since the commencement of Operation Linebacker II on December 18. These losses included at least 43 flyers captured or killed. President Richard Nixon ordered the operation after the North Vietnamese ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:44 EST from rss

Subject: Hobey Baker killed in plane crash

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On this day in 1918, the 26-year-old collegiate and amateur ice hockey star Hobey Baker is killed in a plane crash in Toul, France, just after the end of World War I. After beginning his hockey career at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, Baker played four seasons of hockey at Princeton ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:44 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon meets Elvis Presley

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On this day in 1970, rock star Elvis Presley is greeted at the White House by President Richard M. Nixon. Presley’s visit was not just a social call: He wanted to meet Nixon in order to offer his services in the government’s war on drugs. Three weeks earlier, Presley, who wanted to distance himself ...

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