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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:14 EST from rss

Subject: Indians massacre Fetterman and eighty soldiers

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Determined to challenge the growing American military presence in their territory, Indians in northern Wyoming lure Lieutenant Colonel William Fetterman and his soldiers into a deadly ambush on this day in 1866. Tensions in the region started rising in 1863, when John Bozeman blazed the Bozeman ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:19:36 EST from rss

Subject: William Wordsworth moves into Dove Cottage

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On this day in 1799, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy move into Dove Cottage in Westmoreland, England, not far from the home of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Wordsworth and Coleridge had been good friends and colleagues since they met, in 1795. Their collaboration flourished, and in 1798 they ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:47 EST from rss

Subject: Russell Crowe stars in A Beautiful Mind

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On this day in 2001, A Beautiful Mind, starring the actor Russell Crowe as John Forbes Nash, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and mathematician who develops schizophrenia, opens in limited release in the U.S. Directed by Ron Howard and co-starring Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Paul Bettany, A ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:48 EST from rss

Subject: Earthquake sends tsunami toward Japan

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An undersea earthquake on this day in 1946 sets off a powerful tsunami that devastates Honshu, Japan. About 2,000 people perished and half a million were left homeless. This was particularly devastating to a community that was already reeling from the horrors of World War II. Earlier in the year, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:32 EST from rss

Subject: Sunny von Bulow is found comatose

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Wealthy socialite Martha “Sunny” Crawford von Bulow is found in a coma—the result of what appeared to be an insulin overdose—on the marble bathroom floor of her Newport, Rhode Island, mansion. Following a long investigation, Sunny’s husband, Claus von Bulow, was charged with two counts of attempted ...

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

Subject: Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland

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Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York explodes in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, an hour after departure. A bomb that had been hidden inside an audio cassette player detonated inside the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet. All 259 passengers, including 35 Syracuse ...

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

Subject: Soviet republics proclaim the Commonwealth of Independent States

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In a final step signifying the dismemberment of the Soviet Union, 11 of the 12 Soviet republics declare that they are forming the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Just a few days later, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev announced he was stepping down from his position. The Soviet Union ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:53 EST from rss

Subject: Trent crisis escalates

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On this day in 1861, Lord Lyons, the British minister to the United States, meets with Secretary of State William Seward concerning the fate of James Mason and John Slidell, Confederate envoys arrested by the U.S. Navy aboard the Trent, a British mail steamer. During the meeting, Lyons took a hard ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:51 EST from rss

Subject: Patriot Robert Barnwell is born

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On this day in 1761, Revolutionary War hero and faithful Patriot Robert Barnwell is born in Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort enthusiastically participated in each stage of his country’s revolutionary coming-of-age. At age 16, Barnwell enlisted as a private in the Patriot militia. Wounded 17 ...

[#] Tue Mar 16 2010 11:16:25 EDT from rss

Subject: Beethoven

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If the initial reviews failed to recognize it as one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, one needs to understand the adverse conditions under which the work was first heard. The concert venue was freezing cold; it was more than two hours into a mammoth four-hour program before the piece ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:26:56 EST from rss

Subject: Dreyfus affair begins in France

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French officer Alfred Dreyfus is convicted of treason by a military court-martial and sentenced to life in prison for his alleged crime of passing military secrets to the Germans. The Jewish artillery captain, convicted on flimsy evidence in a highly irregular trial, began his life sentence on the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:45 EST from rss

Subject: Waldheim elected U.N. secretary-general

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The United Nations General Assembly votes to ratify the U.N. Security Council’s nomination of Austrian diplomat Kurt Waldheim to lead the U.N. Waldheim went on to serve two terms as head of the world body, leaving the post in 1982. In 1986, during a campaign for the Austrian presidency, documents ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:52 EST from rss

Subject: The Bernhard Goetz subway shooting

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On the New York City subway, Bernhard Goetz, a 45-year-old white male, shoots four young black men after they surround him and ask for $5. After wounding three of the unarmed men, Goetz pointed his gun at 18-year-old Darrell Cabey, who was not wounded but cowering terrified in the subway car, and ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:59 EST from rss

Subject: Romanian government falls

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The Romanian army defects to the cause of anti-communist demonstrators, and the government of Nicolae Ceausescu is overthrown. The end of 42 years of communist rule came three days after Ceausescu’s security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Timisoara. After the army’s defection, Ceausescu and ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:41 EST from rss

Subject: First gorilla born in captivity

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On this day in 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. Weighing in at approximately 4 pounds, Colo, a western lowland gorilla whose name was a combination of Columbus and Ohio, was the daughter of Millie and ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:32 EST from rss

Subject: Russian-German peace talks begin at Brest-Litovsk

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A week after the armistice was signed between Russia and Germany and nearly three weeks after a ceasefire was declared on the Eastern Front, representatives of the two countries begin peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk, near the Polish border in what is now the city of Brest, in Belarus. The ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:59:06 EST from rss

Subject: Washington announces Linebacker II raids will continue

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Washington announces that the bombing of North Vietnam will continue until Hanoi agrees to negotiate “in a spirit of good will and in a constructive attitude.” North Vietnamese negotiators walked out of secret talks in Paris on December 13. President Nixon issued an ultimatum to North Vietnam to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:56 EST from rss

Subject: Soviet Union attacks Chinese policy toward Vietnam

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The Soviet Union accuses China of backing U.S. policies in Vietnam, an accusation that illustrates the growing rift between the two communist superpowers. China, which had previously taken a hard line toward negotiations between Hanoi and Washington, softened its position by endorsing a North ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:58 EST from rss

Subject: L.A. Lakers break pro sports winning streak record

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On December 22, 1971, the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) defeat the Baltimore Bullets 127-120 in Baltimore for their 27th straight victory, breaking the previous record for the longest winning streak in professional sports. They had previously been tied with ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:19 EST from rss

Subject: Julie Nixon marries David Eisenhower

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On this day in 1968, Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower, both progeny of United States presidents, tie the knot in New York City. Julie Nixon was the daughter of Richard M. Nixon, who was running for president at the time of the wedding. Her groom was the grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who served ...

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