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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:20 EST from rss

Subject: Truman dies

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On this day in 1972, former President Harry S. Truman dies in Independence, Missouri. Then-President Richard Nixon called Truman a man of “forthrightness and integrity” who had a deep respect for the office he held and for the people he served, and who “supported and wisely counseled each of his ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:40 EST from rss

Subject: Moses Austin asks Spanish for Texas colony

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Hoping to recover from bankruptcy with a bold scheme of colonization, Moses Austin meets with Spanish authorities in San Antonio to ask permission for 300 Anglo-American families to settle in Texas. A native of Durham, Connecticut, Austin had been a successful merchant in Philadelphia and Virginia. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:43 EST from rss

Subject: King Lear performed at Court

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On this day in 1606, William Shakespeare’s play King Lear is performed at the court of King James I of England. Lear is one of the later works penned by the playwright. Shakespeare’s father was probably a common tradesman. He became an alderman and bailiff in Stratford-upon-Avon, and Shakespeare ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:04 EST from rss

Subject: The Exorcist opens

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On this day in 1973, The Exorcist, a horror film starring the actress Linda Blair as a girl possessed by an evil spirit, makes its debut in theaters; it will go on to earn a reputation as one of the scariest movies in history. The Exorcist was based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:47 EST from rss

Subject: Tsunami devastates Indian Ocean coast

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A powerful earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, on this day in 2004 sets off a tsunami that wreaks death and devastation across the Indian Ocean coastline. The quake was the second strongest ever recorded and the estimated 230,000 dead made this disaster one of the 10 worst of all time. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:00 EST from rss

Subject: Bathory

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On this day in 1609 or 1610 (sources are not conclusive), Count Gyorgy Thurzo makes an investigative visit to Csejthe Castle in Hungary on orders from King Matthias and discovers Countess Elizabeth Bathory directing a torture session of young girls. Bathory was already infamous in the area for her ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:45 EST from rss

Subject: Porgy and Bess opens in Leningrad

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In one of the most publicized cultural exchanges of the Cold War, Porgy and Bess, an opera featuring an African-American cast, opens in Leningrad. Performances were also staged in Moscow in January of the next year. The opera was only one part of a significant U.S. effort during the 1950s to use ...

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

Subject: Mason and Slidell freed

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On this day in 1861, Confederate diplomatic envoys James Mason and John Slidell are freed by President Abraham Lincoln’s administration, heading off a possible war between the United States and Great Britain. The two men were aboard the Trent, a British mail steamer, on November 8, 1861,when they ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:21 EST from rss

Subject: Carmaker Preston Tucker dies

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On December 26, 1956, the visionary carmaker Preston Tucker dies of lung cancer. He was just 53 years old. Tucker began his career in the auto industry as a mail messenger at General Motors. He quickly worked his way out of the mailroom, however, and before he turned 30 he was the vice president of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:40 EST from rss

Subject: Washington wins first major U.S. victory at Trenton

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At approximately 8 a.m. on the morning of December 26, 1776, General George Washington’s Continental Army reaches the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey, and descends upon the unsuspecting Hessian force guarding the city. Trenton’s 1,400 Hessian defenders were still groggy from the previous ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:38 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. government takes over control of nation

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Eight months after the United States enters World War I on behalf of the Allies, President Woodrow Wilson announces the nationalization of a large majority of the country’s railroads under the Federal Possession and Control Act. The U.S. entry into the war in April 1917 coincided with a downturn ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:14 EST from rss

Subject: Britain surprises German attacker in the Arctic

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On this day, the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst is sunk by British warships in the Arctic after decoded German naval signals reveal that the Scharnhorst is on a mission to attack an Anglo-American convoy to Russia. Hitler’s navy had posed serious threats to convoys shipping supplies to the ...

[#] Fri Aug 06 2010 13:34:16 EDT from rss

Subject: Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto assassinated

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On this day in 2007, Benazir Bhutto, a former Pakistani prime minister and the first democratically elected female leader of a Muslim country, is assassinated at age 54 in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. A polarizing figure at home and abroad, Bhutto had spent three decades struggling to stay ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:13:35 EDT from rss

Subject: The legend of

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Murder and mayhem have been the subject of many popular songs over the years, though more often than not, the tales around which such songs revolve tend to be wholly fictional. Johnny Cash never shot a man in Reno, and the events related in such famous story songs as “El Paso” and “I Shot The ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:31 EST from rss

Subject: Spanish king ratifies democratic constitution

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Following its approval in a national referendum, King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain’s first democratic constitution in nearly five decades. Juan Carlos’ grandfather was Alfonso XIII, the last ruling monarch of Spain, who was forced into exile in 1931 after Spain was declared a republic. Born in Italy ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:32 EST from rss

Subject: HMS Beagle departs England

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British naturalist Charles Darwin sets out from Plymouth, England, aboard the HMS Beagle on a five-year surveying expedition of the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Visiting such diverse places as the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand, Darwin acquired an intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna, ...

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

Subject: Apollo 8 returns to Earth

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Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, returns safely to Earth after an historic six-day journey. On December 21, Apollo 8 was launched by a three-stage Saturn 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, Jr., and William Anders aboard. On Christmas ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:37 EST from rss

Subject: Radio City Music Hall opens

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At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality entertainment. Since its ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:26 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. and South Vietnamese troops attack Viet Cong stronghold

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A United States and South Vietnamese joint-service operation takes place against one of the best-fortified Viet Cong strongholds, located in the U Minh Forest in the Mekong Delta, 125 miles southwest of Saigon. U.S. warplanes dropped bombs and napalm on the forest in preparation for the assault. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:25 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. and North Vietnamese forces battle near Loc Ninh.

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In the fiercest battle in six weeks, U.S. and North Vietnamese forces clash near Loc Ninh, about 80 miles north of Saigon. Elements of the 1st Infantry Division reported killing 72 of 250 North Vietnamese soldiers in a daylong battle. Loc Ninh, a village of fewer than 10,000 people, was located at ...

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