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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:11 EST from rss

Subject: Curt Flood challenges MLB reserve clause

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On this day in 1969, center fielder Curt Flood of the St. Louis Cardinals writes a letter to Bowie Kuhn, the commissioner of major league baseball, protesting the Cardinals’ decision to trade him to the Philadelphia Phillies and asking to be made a free agent. In 12 seasons with the Cardinals, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:28 EST from rss

Subject: Fire destroys Jefferson library

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On this day in 1851, a fire sweeps through the Library of Congress and destroys two-thirds of Thomas Jefferson’s personal literary collection. Jefferson, who died in 1826, had offered to sell his personal library to Congress after the Congressional library, along with the rest of the Capitol and ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:09 EST from rss

Subject: Coolidge lights first national Christmas tree

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On this day in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge touches a button and lights up the first national Christmas tree to grace the White House grounds. Not only was this the first White House “community” Christmas tree, but it was the first to be decorated with electric lights–a strand of 2,500 red, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:26 EST from rss

Subject: Kit Carson born in Kentucky

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Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson, one of the most celebrated heroes of the American West, is born in Richmond, Kentucky. Shortly after Kit Carson was born, his family moved west to Howard County, Missouri, an ideal spot for a future frontiersman to learn his trade. By the early 1820s, nearby ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:19 EST from rss

Subject: Woody Allen marries Soon-Yi Previn

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On this day in 1997, Woody Allen, the 62-year-old Academy Award-winning writer-director of such movies as Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters, marries 27-year-old Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his former girlfriend Mia Farrow, in a small ceremony in Venice, Italy. When news of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:54 EST from rss

Subject: Volcanic eruption sweeps away train

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In a highly unusual chain of events, a volcanic eruption in New Zealand causes a flood that sweeps away a train filled with passengers on this day in 1953. More than 150 people lost their lives in this improbable disaster. At the top of a 9,000-foot volcano, Mount Ruapehu, on New Zealand’s North ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:38 EST from rss

Subject: Islamic terrorists hijack a French plane

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On this day in 1994, four Islamic extremists hijack Air France Flight 8969 in Algiers. The terrorists then flew the plane to Marseilles with the permission of the French and Algerian governments, givenin part because French special forces would be ready to perform a rescue mission. More than two ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:10:53 EST from rss

Subject: Bombardment of Fort Fisher begins

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On this day in 1864,a Union fleet under Admiral David Dixon Porter begins a bombardment of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Although an impressive display of firepower, the attack failed to destroy the fort; a ground attack the next day did not succeed either. Fort Fisher guarded the mouth of the Cape ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:30 EST from rss

Subject: McCarran-Walter Act goes into effect

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The McCarran-Walter Act takes effect and revises U.S. immigration laws. The law was hailed by supporters as a necessary step in preventing communist subversion in the United States, while opponents decried the legislation as being xenophobic and discriminatory. The act, named after Senator Pat ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:58 EST from rss

Subject: Richard Trevithick introduces his

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British inventor Richard Trevithick takes seven of his friends for a test ride on his “Puffing Devil,” or “Puffer,” the first steam-powered passenger vehicle, on this day in 1801. Unlike the steam engine pioneered by the Scotsman James Watt, Trevithick’s used “strong steam”–that is, steam at a very ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:16 EST from rss

Subject: Benjamin Rush is born

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On this day in 1745, patriot, physician and social reformer Benjamin Rush is born in Byberry Township, Pennsylvania. The two great “Benjamins” of the revolutionary generation, Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush, shared status as Renaissance men and Philadelphians. Despite Franklin’s greater fame, ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:23 EDT from rss

Subject: American soldier John Douglas writes home from post-armistice France

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On Christmas Eve, 1918, Major John N. Douglas writes to his wife and young daughter from Mayenne, France, telling them of the challenges still faced by the soldiers in his regiment more than a month after World War I officially ended. According to Douglas, he and his fellows were the first ...

[#] Mon Jun 28 2010 13:16:16 EDT from rss

Subject: Layne Hall is born; will become oldest licensed driver in United States

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On this day in 1880, Layne Hall is born in Mississippi. Some records indicate that he was actually born in 1884; either way, when he died in November 1990, Hall was the oldest licensed driver in the United States. In 1916, Hall moved north to Silvercreek, New York, just west of Buffalo. When he ...

[#] Tue Mar 16 2010 11:16:27 EDT from rss

Subject: Bing Crosby introduces

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“White Christmas,” written by the formidable composer and lyricist Irving Berlin receives its world premiere on this day in 1941 on Bing Crosby’s weekly NBC radio program, The Kraft Music Hall. It went on to become one of the most commercially successful singles of all time, and the top-selling ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:27:16 EST from rss

Subject: Christ is born?

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Although most Christians celebrate December 25 as the birthday of Jesus Christ, few in the first two Christian centuries claimed any knowledge of the exact day or year in which he was born. The oldest existing record of a Christmas celebration is found in a Roman almanac that tells of a Christ’s ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:49 EST from rss

Subject: The Christmas Truce

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Just after midnight on Christmas morning, the majority of German troops engaged in World War I cease firing their guns and artillery and commence to sing Christmas carols. At certain points along the eastern and western fronts, the soldiers of Russia, France, and Britain even heard brass bands ...

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

Subject: Enemies exchange Christmas greetings

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On and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding fade in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies. Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:31 EST from rss

Subject: Linebacker II resumes after Christmas pause

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After a 36-hour respite for Christmas, the U.S. resumes Operation Linebacker II. The extensive bombing campaign was resumed because, according to U.S. officials, Hanoi sent no word that it would return to the peace talks. On December 13, North Vietnamese negotiators walked out of secret talks in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:46 EST from rss

Subject: Harrison Salisbury reports on damage caused by U.S. bombing

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Harrison Salisbury, assistant managing editor of the New York Times, files a report from Hanoi chronicling the damage to civilian areas in North Vietnam by the U.S. bombing campaign. Salisbury stated that Nam Dinh, a city about 50 miles southeast of Hanoi, was bombed repeatedly by U.S. planes ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:57 EST from rss

Subject: Katie Hnida is first woman to play in Division I football game

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On this day in 2002, the University of New Mexico junior place-kicker Katie Hnida attempts to kick an extra point in a game against UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. Though her kick was blocked by UCLA, Hnida became the first woman to play in a Division I football game. Hnida was the latest of a small ...

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