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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:19 EST from rss

Subject: John Chisum dies in Arkansas

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A central player in the violent Lincoln County War of 1878-81, the cattleman John Chisum dies at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Born in Tennessee in 1824, Chisum moved with his family to Paris, Texas, when he was eleven years old. For several years he worked as construction contractor, but in 1854, he ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:56 EST from rss

Subject: Dostoevsky reprieved at last minute

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On this day, writer Fyodor Dostoevsky is led before a firing squad and prepared for execution. He had been convicted and sentenced to death on November 16 for allegedly taking part in antigovernment activities. However, at the last moment he was reprieved and sent into exile. Dostoevsky’s father ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:50 EST from rss

Subject: Hollywood mogul Darryl Zanuck dies

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On this day in 1979, Darryl Zanuck, the powerful Hollywood studio chief and producer behind a long list of classic movies, including The Grapes of Wrath, All About Eve and The Longest Day, dies at age 77 in Palm Springs, California. The cigar-chomping, womanizing Zanuck was a force in the movie ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:57 EST from rss

Subject: Express trains collide in Germany

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Two express trains collide in Magdeburg, Germany, killing more than 100 people on this day in 1939. Occurring at the outset of World War II, the accident was probably a result of the fact that the country’s best rail engineers had all been conscripted into the military. Between the end of World War ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:44 EST from rss

Subject: John Wayne Gacy confesses

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On this day in 1978, John Wayne Gacy confesses to police to killing over two dozen boys and young men and burying their bodies under his suburban Chicago home. In March 1980, Gacy was convicted of 33 sex-related murders, committed between 1972 and 1978, and given the death penalty. At the time, he ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:24 EST from rss

Subject: Lech Walesa sworn in as president of Poland

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Lech Walesa, well-known Polish labor leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is sworn in as the first noncommunist president of Poland since the end of World War II. His victory was another sign of the Soviet Union’s lessening power and communism’s waning influence in Eastern Europe. Walesa ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:35 EST from rss

Subject: Sherman presents Lincoln with a Christmas gift

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On this day in 1864, Union General William T. Sherman presents the city of Savannah, Georgia, to President Abraham Lincoln. Sherman captured thecity after his famous March to the Sea from Atlanta. Savannah had been one of the last major ports that remained open to the Confederates. After Sherman ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:54 EST from rss

Subject: First

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On this day in 1900, the first car to be produced under the “Mercedes” name is delivered to its buyer: Emil Jellinek, the Austrian car racer, auto dealer to the rich and famous, and bon vivant. Jellinek had commissioned the Mercedes car from the German company Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. It was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:49 EST from rss

Subject: Continental Congress creates a Continental Navy

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On Friday, December 22, 1775, the Continental Congress creates a Continental Navy, naming Esek Hopkins, Esq., as commander in chief of the fleet. Congress also named four captains to the new service: Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham Whipple, Nicholas Biddle and John Burrows Hopkins. Their respective ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:23 EST from rss

Subject: Churchill and Roosevelt discuss war and peace

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On this day, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on a unified Anglo-American war strategy and a future peace. Now that the United States was directly involved in both the Pacific and European wars, it ...

[#] Fri Mar 18 2011 07:16:08 EDT from rss

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On this day in 2009, Richard Heene, who carried out a hoax in which he told authorities his 6-year-old son Falcon had floated off in a runaway, saucer-shaped helium balloon, is sentenced to 90 days in jail in Fort Collins, Colorado. Heene’s wife Mayumi received 20 days of jail time for her role in ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:44 EST from rss

Subject: Voyager completes global flight

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After nine days and four minutes in the sky, the experimental aircraft Voyager lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing the first nonstop flight around the globe on one load of fuel. Piloted by Americans Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, Voyager was made mostly of plastic and stiffened ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:21 EST from rss

Subject: Japanese war criminals hanged in Tokyo

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In Tokyo, Japan, Hideki Tojo, former Japanese premier and chief of the Kwantung Army, is executed along with six other top Japanese leaders for their war crimes during World War II. Seven of the defendants were also found guilty of committing crimes against humanity, especially in regard to their ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:38 EST from rss

Subject: Construction of Plymouth settlement begins

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One week after the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth harbor in present-day Massachusetts, construction of the first permanent European settlement in New England begins. On September 16, the Mayflower departed Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was headed for ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:05:06 EST from rss

Subject: Van Gogh chops off ear

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On this day in 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cuts off the lower part of his left ear with a razor while staying in Arles, France.He later documented the event in a painting titled Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear. Today, Van Gogh is regarded as an artistic ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:48 EST from rss

Subject: The execution of Eddie Slovik is authorized

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On this day, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower endorses the finding of a court-martial in the case of Eddie Slovik, who was tried for desertion, and authorizes his execution, the first such sentence against a U.S. Army soldier since the Civil War, and the only man so punished during World War II. Private ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:51 EST from rss

Subject: Operation Linebacker II continues

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The East German Embassy and the Hungarian commercial mission in Hanoi are hit in the eighth day of Operation Linebacker II. Although there were reports that a prisoner of war camp holding American soldiers was hit, the rumor was untrue. President Nixon initiated the full-scale bombing campaign ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:37 EST from rss

Subject: Francis Cardinal Spellman visits South Vietnam

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Francis Cardinal Spellman, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York and military vicar of the U.S. armed forces for Roman Catholics, visits U.S. servicemen in South Vietnam. In an address at mass in Saigon, Spellman said that the Vietnamese conflict was “a war for civilization—certainly it is not ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:43 EST from rss

Subject: Harris makes Immaculate Reception

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On December 23, 1972, in a controversial play that is known as the “Immaculate Reception,” rookie running back Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers grabs a deflected pass from quarterback Terry Bradshaw to score a touchdown, winning the game for the Steelers 13-7 over the Oakland Raiders. The ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:19 EST from rss

Subject: Truman considers amnesty for draft dodgers

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On this day in 1946, President Harry S. Truman appoints an amnesty board to review cases of conscientious objectors (CO’s) who were imprisoned after refusing to serve during World War II. Truman’s predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt, had pardoned select World War I “draft dodgers” in 1933. In ...

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