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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:29 EST from rss

Subject: Rasputin is murdered

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Sometime over the course of the night and the early morning of December 29-30, 1916, Grigory Efimovich Rasputin, a self-proclaimed holy man, is murdered by Russian nobles eager to end his influence over the royal family. Rasputin, a Siberian-born muzhik, or peasant, who underwent a religious ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:21 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. Navy transfers some responsibility to South Vietnamese

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The South Vietnamese Navy receives 125 U.S. vessels in a ceremony marking the end of the U.S. Navy’s four-year role in inland waterway combat. This brings the total number of vessels turned over to the South Vietnamese Navy to 650. About 17,000 Americans remained with the South Vietnamese Navy in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:01 EST from rss

Subject: Negotiations to resume in Paris

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Officials in Washington, D.C., announce that the peace talks in Paris between National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho will resume on January 2. On December 28, Hanoi agreed to return to the negotiations, and President Nixon ordered a halt to Linebacker ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:34 EST from rss

Subject: OSU fires coach Woody Hayes for attacking an opposing player

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On December 30, 1978, Ohio State University (OSU) makes the decision to fire its 65-year-old football coach, Woody Hayes, one day after Hayes punched a player on the opposing team near the end of the Gator Bowl. Born in Clifton, Ohio, in 1913, Hayes played college football at Denison University ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:10 EST from rss

Subject: Rutherford B. Hayes marries Lucy Webb

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On this day in 1852, Rutherford B. Hayes marries Lucy Webb, a gregarious, devout Methodist from his home state of Ohio. She was 24 and he was 33. According to the National First Ladies Library, Lucy met Rutherford when she was only 14, but the two did not start courting until she was in college. In ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:53 EST from rss

Subject: Former Idaho governor Steunenberg assassinated

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Targeted for his role in quelling a miners’ strike in 1899, former Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg is wounded by a powerful bomb that is triggered when he opens the gate to his home in Caldwell, Idaho. He died shortly afterwards in his own bed. A former newspaper editor, Steunenberg entered Idaho ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:37 EST from rss

Subject: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin wed

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On this day, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin wed. The pair had run away together in July 1814, but because Shelley was already married they were unable to marry for two years, until the death of Shelley’s wife. Shelley, the heir to his wealthy grandfather’s estate, was expelled ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:02 EST from rss

Subject: Led Zeppelin captured live for the first time in Spokane gym

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Within a year, they’d be big. Within two, they’d be huge. And within three, they’d be the biggest band in the world. But on December 30, 1968, the quartet of British rockers preparing for their fifth-ever gig in the United States were using propane heaters to keep themselves and their equipment ...

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

Subject: Cheers co-creator and famed TV director James Burrows born

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On this day in 1940, James Burrows, who will go on to have a significant impact on television as the co-creator of the mega-hit sitcom Cheers and the director of such popular, sharp-witted TV series as Taxi and Will & Grace, is born in Los Angeles. Raised in New York City, Burrows graduated ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:03 EST from rss

Subject: Fire breaks out in Chicago theater

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A fire in the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois, kills more than 600 people on this day in 1903. It was the deadliest theater fire in U.S. history. Blocked fire exits and the lack of a fire-safety plan caused most of the deaths. The Iroquois Theater, designed by Benjamin Marshall in a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:35 EST from rss

Subject: An anti-abortion activist goes on a murder spree

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John Salvi III walks into two separate abortion clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts, and shoots workers with a rifle, killing two receptionists and wounding five other employees. He was captured the next day after firing 23 shots at a Norfolk, Virginia, medical clinic. Salvi, who worked in a beauty ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:10 EST from rss

Subject: Acheson calls for renewed effort to meet communist threat

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In a fiery statement, Secretary of State Dean Acheson declares that the United States will increase its efforts to contain communist aggression and calls upon the American people for support and sacrifice. The statement was issued just weeks after hundreds of thousands of communist Chinese troops ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:54 EST from rss

Subject: U.S.S. Monitor sinks

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On this day in 1862, the U.S.S. Monitor sinks in a storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Just nine months earlier, the ship had been part of a revolution in naval warfare when the ironclad dueled to a standstill with the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimack)off Hampton Roads, Virginia, in one of the most ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:04 EST from rss

Subject: Francis Lewis dies

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On this day in 1803, Francis Lewis, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies in New York City, at the age of 90. Lewis was born in Llandaff, Wales, and educated at the prestigious Westminster School in London before immigrating to the North American colonies at 22 years old. Lewis founded ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 12:02:06 EDT from rss

Subject: Charter granted to the East India Company

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Queen Elizabeth I of England grants a formal charter to the London merchants trading to the East Indies, hoping to break the Dutch monopoly of the spice trade in what is now Indonesia. In the first few decades of its existence, the East India Company made far less progress in the East Indies than ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:25 EST from rss

Subject: Soviets test supersonic airliner

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The Soviet Union’s TU-144 supersonic airliner makes its first flight, several months ahead of the Anglo-French Concorde. The TU-144 so closely resembled the Concorde that the Western press dubbed it the “Konkordski.” In 1962, 15 years after U.S. pilot Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:23 EST from rss

Subject: Patriots defeated at Quebec

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During the American Revolution, Patriot forces under generals Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery are defeated by the British defenders of the city of Quebec in Canada. On December 2, Arnold and Montgomery met on the outskirts of Quebec and demanded the surrender of the city. Governor Sir Guy ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:47 EST from rss

Subject: Edison demonstrates incandescent light

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In the first public demonstration of his incandescent lightbulb, American inventor Thomas Alva Edison lights up a street in Menlo Park, New Jersey. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company ran special trains to Menlo Park on the day of the demonstration in response to public enthusiasm over the event. ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:28 EST from rss

Subject: Panama Canal turned over to Panama

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On this day in 1999, the United States, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, officially hands over control of the Panama Canal, putting the strategic waterway into Panamanian hands for the first time. Crowds of Panamanians celebrated the transfer of the 50-mile canal, which links the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:39:20 EST from rss

Subject: Hungary declares war on Germany

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On this day, the provisional government of Hungary officially declares war on Germany, bringing an end to Hungary’s cooperation—sometimes free, sometimes coerced—with the Axis power. Miklas Horthy, the anticommunist regent and virtual dictator of Hungary, who had once hoped to keep his country a ...

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