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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:28 EST from rss

Subject: Saigon announces success of strategic hamlet program

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Saigon announces that 4,077 strategic hamlets have been completed out of a projected total of 11,182. The figures also stated that 39 percent of the South Vietnamese population was housed in the hamlets. U.S. officials considered these figures questionable. The strategic hamlet program was started ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:00 EST from rss

Subject: Johnson Administration responds to Harrison Salisbury

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Assistant Secretary of Defense Arthur Sylvester admits that the North Vietnamese city of Nam Dinh has been hit by U.S. planes 64 times since mid-1965, and that the air strikes were directed only against military targets: railroad yards, a warehouse, petroleum storage depots, and a thermal power ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:09 EST from rss

Subject: Cuban professional baseball league holds first game

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On December 29, 1878, the first game is played between two teams of the first professional baseball league in Cuba, later known as the Cuban League. Representing the city of Havana, the Habana club faced off against their greatest rivals, a club from the neighboring suburb of Almendares. Habana, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:30:48 EST from rss

Subject: Andrew Johnson is born

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On this day in 1808, future President Andrew Johnson is born in Raleigh, North Carolina. Johnson’s career took him from mayor of Greeneville (1834) to the Tennessee legislature (1835) and then to the U.S. House of Representatives (1843). He went home to serve as Tennessee’s governor from 1853 to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:25 EST from rss

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

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In the tragic final chapter of America’s long war against the Plains Indians, the U.S. Cavalry kills 146 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Tensions had been running high on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for months because of the growing popularity of a new Indian spiritual ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:14 EST from rss

Subject: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is published

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On this day in 1916, James Joyce’s book Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is published in New York. The book had been previously serialized in Ezra Pound’s review The Egoist. James Joyce was born in Dublin, the eldest of 10 children of a cheerful ne’er-do-well who eventually went bankrupt. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:57 EST from rss

Subject: Cheers star Ted Danson born

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On this day in 1947, the actor Ted Danson, who will become best known for his role as bar owner Sam Malone on the mega-hit TV sitcom Cheers, which originally aired from 1982 to 1993, is born in San Diego, California. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied drama, Danson ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:18 EST from rss

Subject: Bridge collapses in Ohio

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A bridge in Ashtabula, Ohio, collapses on this day in 1876, causing a train to fall into a gorge, killing 80 passengers. The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway brought passengers into Chicago from points east. On December 29, a snow storm forced one of the trains (two locomotives and 11 coach ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:47 EST from rss

Subject: The

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The “Railway Rapist” attacks 19-year-old Alison Day and abducts her from a London train. Her strangled body was recovered two weeks later. Although the perpetrator had attacked and raped many women since 1982, this was his first murder. The Railway Rapist had a distinctive method of operation: He ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:10:14 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs

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On this day in 1862, at the Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs, Union General William T. Sherman is thwarted in his attempt to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi, when he orders a frontal assault on entrenched Rebels. Chickasaw Bluffs was part of Union General Ulysses S. Grant’s attempt to capture Vicksburg, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:53 EST from rss

Subject: United States prepares new strategic plan for Middle East

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Just days before an official announcement is to be issued by the Eisenhower administration, the New York Times leaks the news that the United States is preparing a major policy statement on the Middle East. In the wake of heightened tensions in the area caused by the French-British-Israeli ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:02 EST from rss

Subject: Actor Christian Slater arrested for drunk driving

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On this day in 1989, 20-year-old actor Christian Slater is arrested for drunk driving in Los Angeles, California. He had a blood-alcohol level of .24, or .24 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood–three times the legal limit in California. Slater’s arrest came after a predawn car chase–he ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:21 EST from rss

Subject: British capture Savannah, Georgia

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On this day in 1778, British Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell and his force of between 2500 and 3600 troops, which included the 71st Highland regiment, New York Loyalists, and Hessian mercenaries, launch a surprise attack on American forces defending Savannah, Georgia. American Major General ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:41 EST from rss

Subject: French government gives land for British war cemeteries

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On this day in 1915, the French National Assembly passes a law formally ceding the land that holds the British war cemeteries to Great Britain. The move ensured even as the war was being fought that its saddest and most sacred monuments would be forever protected. The law stated that the land was ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:19 EST from rss

Subject: Southern U.S. border established

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James Gadsden, the U.S. minister to Mexico, and General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the president of Mexico, sign the Gadsden Purchase in Mexico City. The treaty settled the dispute over the location of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas, and established the final boundaries of the southern ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:45 EST from rss

Subject: Rasputin murdered

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Grigory Rasputin, a self-fashioned Russian holy man, is murdered by Russian nobles eager to end his sway over the royal family. Rasputin won the favor of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra through his ability to stop the bleeding of their hemophiliac son, Alexei. Although the Siberian-born ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:42 EST from rss

Subject: Marcos inaugurated

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Former Philippines Senate president Ferdinand Marcos is inaugurated president of the Southeast Asian archipelago nation. Marcos’ regime would span 20 years and become increasingly authoritarian and corrupt. Ferdinand Marcos was a law student in the late 1930s, when he was tried for the ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:16 EST from rss

Subject: Sit-down strike begins in Flint

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At 8 p.m. on December 30, 1936, in one of the first sit-down strikes in the United States, autoworkers occupy the General Motors Fisher Body Plant Number One in Flint, Michigan. The autoworkers were striking to win recognition of the United Auto Workers (UAW) as the only bargaining agent for GM’s ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:05:01 EST from rss

Subject: USSR established

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In post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is established, comprising a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation (divided in 1936 into the Georgian, Azerbaijan, and Armenian republics). Also known as the Soviet Union, the new ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:52 EST from rss

Subject: Tojo is born

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On this day, Hideki Tojo, prime minister of Japan during the war, is born in Tokyo. After graduating from the Imperial Military Academy and the Military Staff College, Tojo was sent to Berlin as Japan’s military attache after World War I. Having already earned a reputation for sternness and ...

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