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

Subject: Central Red Army defeats New York Rangers at MSG

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On this day in 1975, a crowd of 17,500 ice hockey fans watch HC CSKA (also called the Central Red Army) from the Soviet Union defeat the New York Rangers 7-3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game marked the kick-off of the first so-called “Super Series”–a series of mid-season ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:39 EST from rss

Subject: Woodrow Wilson born in Staunton, Virginia

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On this day in 1856, future President Woodrow Wilson is born in Staunton, Virginia. He attended private schools and graduated from Princeton University in 1879 before studying law at the University of Virginia and earning his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He was hired by Princeton as a ...

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

Subject: Carry Nation attacks a Kansas saloon

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Convinced that her righteous campaign against alcohol justified her aggressive tactics, Carry Nation attacks a saloon in Wichita, Kansas, shattering a large mirror behind the bar and throwing rocks at a titillating painting of Cleopatra bathing. Carry Nation’s lifelong battle against alcohol ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:38 EST from rss

Subject: Nine killed in a stampede outside a hip-hop celebrity basketball game

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 ”It doesn’t take an Einstein to know that young people attending a rap concert…who have paid as much as $20 a ticket, would not be very happy and easy to control if they were unable to gain admission to the event because it was oversold.” Those were the words of Judge Louis C. Benza of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:37 EST from rss

Subject: Argentine novelist Manuel Puig is born

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On this day in 1932, Manuel Puig is born in a small village in Argentina. Puig grew up entranced by American movies and pop culture, spending many hours watching films or fantasizing about glamorous movie stars. In 1946, he went to boarding school in Buenos Aires, then attended the University of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:08 EST from rss

Subject: Denzel Washington born

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On this day in 1954, the Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, who will go on to star in such movies as Malcolm X and Training Day, is born in Mount Vernon, New York. In 2002, for his performance as a corrupt cop in Training Day, Washington became the first black man to win the Best Actor Academy ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:47 EST from rss

Subject: Earthquake rocks Sicily

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An earthquake in Sicily kills over 100,000 people and destroys several towns on this day in 1908. The 7.5-magnitude tremor off the coast of the large island was also responsible for deaths on the Italian mainland. Sicily is situated near the spot where the European and African continental plates ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:32 EST from rss

Subject: An American hero is arrested in France

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Thomas Paine is arrested in France for treason. Though the charges against him were never detailed, he had been tried in absentia on December 26 and convicted. Before moving to France, Paine was an instrumental figure in the American Revolution as the author of Common Sense, writings used by George ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:06 EST from rss

Subject: Solzhenitsyn

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s “literary investigation” of the police-state system in the Soviet Union, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956, is published in the original Russian in Paris. The book was the first of the three-volume work. The brutal and uncompromising description of political repression and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:48:05 EST from rss

Subject: William Booth Taliaferro born

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On this day in 1822, Confederate General William Taliaferro is born in Gloucester County, Virginia. Taliaferro served under General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson for the first part of the war,and spent the second half preparing coastal defenses in the lower South. Taliaferro attended William and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:04 EST from rss

Subject: Silent-film star and inventor of mechanical turn signal dies

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On December 28, 1938, the silent-film star Florence Lawrence commits suicide in Beverly Hills. She was 52 years old. Though she was best known for her roles in nearly 250 films, Lawrence was also an inventor: She designed the first “auto signaling arm,” a mechanical turn signal, along with the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:27 EST from rss

Subject: British post troops on John

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British troops commanded by Major James Henry Craig are posted at John’s Island, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, on this day in 1781. Craig had evacuated his troops from Wilmington, North Carolina, a little over a month earlier on November 14. The Patriots planned to remove Craig and ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:49 EST from rss

Subject: Woodrow Wilson is born

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson, who will become the 28th president of the United States, is born on this day in Staunton, Virginia. A former president of Princeton University and governor of New Jersey, Wilson won election to his first term in the White House as a Democrat in 1912 on a campaign program ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:53 EST from rss

Subject: Request made for creation of construction battalions

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On this day, Rear Admiral Ben Moreell requests authority from the Bureau of Navigation to create a contingent of construction units able to build everything from airfields to roads under battlefield conditions. These units would be known as the “Seabees”—for the first letters of Construction ...

[#] Tue Jul 20 2010 12:54:15 EDT from rss

Subject: Worst air raid on London

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On the evening of December 29, 1940, London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans firebomb the city. Hundreds of fires caused by the exploding bombs engulfed areas of London, but firefighters showed a valiant indifference to the bombs falling around them and saved much of the city from ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 07:38:49 EDT from rss

Subject: Pat Boone earns second #1 hit with

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In the mid 1950s, two young white men began their successful musical careers by bringing the sound of black rhythm-and-blues music to predominantly white mainstream-pop audiences. Both were steeped in religion and gospel music as boys, and both were raised in the segregated South, but one important ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:26:58 EST from rss

Subject: Texas enters the Union

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Six months after the congress of the Republic of Texas accepts U.S. annexation of the territory, Texas is admitted into the United States as the 28th state. After gaining independence from Spain in the 1820s, Mexico welcomed foreign settlers to sparsely populated Texas, and a large group of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:23 EST from rss

Subject: The making of an English martyr

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Archbishop Thomas Becket is brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights of King Henry II of England, apparently on orders of the king. In 1155, Henry II appointed Becket as chancellor, a high post in the English government. Becket proved a skilled diplomat and won the trust of Henry, ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:59 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. Army massacres Indians at Wounded Knee

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On this day in 1890, in the final chapter of America’s long Indian wars, the U.S. Cavalry kills 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Throughout 1890, the U.S. government worried about the increasing influence at Pine Ridge of the Ghost Dance spiritual movement, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:38:56 EST from rss

Subject: Germans raid London

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On this day, German aircraft blanket incendiary bombs over London, setting both banks of the Thames ablaze and killing almost 3,600 British civilians. The German targeting of the English capital had begun back in August, payback for British attacks on Berlin. In September, a horrendous firestorm ...

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