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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:27 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. annual casualty figures down

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The gradual U.S. withdrawal from the conflict in Southeast Asia is reflected in reduced annual casualty figures. The number of Americans killed in action dropped to 1,386 from the previous year total of 4,204. South Vietnam losses for the year totalled 21,500 men, while the combined Viet Cong and ...

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

Subject: U.S. and communist negotiators prepare to return to the Paris talks

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With the end of Linebacker II, the most intense U.S. bombing operation of the Vietnam War, U.S. and communist negotiators prepare to return to the secret Paris peace talks scheduled to reconvene on January 2. In a statement issued in Paris, the Hanoi delegation to the public peace talks asserted ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:40 EST from rss

Subject: Bloodiest year of the war ends

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The bloodiest year of the war comes to an end. At year’s end, 536,040 American servicemen were stationed in Vietnam, an increase of over 50,000 from 1967. Estimates from Headquarters U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam indicated that 181,150 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were killed during ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:44 EST from rss

Subject: Plane carrying Roberto Clemente crashes

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On December 31, 1972, an airplane chartered by the professional baseball player Roberto Clemente to bring food and other relief supplies to survivors of a recent earthquake in Nicaragua crashes shortly after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Five people were killed in the crash, including ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:20 EST from rss

Subject: Kennedy and Khrushchev exchange holiday greetings

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On this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a statement extending his “sincere wishes” and those of the American people to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and the people of the Soviet Union for a peaceful and prosperous New Year. It was the height of the Cold War and the United States ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:19 EST from rss

Subject: John Denver born in New Mexico

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John Denver, musician and actor, is born on this day in Roswell, New Mexico. Denver is remembered for the music he created, and for helping people begin thinking of the West as a pristine unspoiled wilderness rather than an area where cowboys, miners, and homesteaders earned their living. Born ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:51 EST from rss

Subject: Rick Nelson dies in a plane crash

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Former teen idol Rick Nelson dies in plane crash in De Kalb, Texas, on December 31, 1985. When the teenage Ricky Nelson launched his pop career in 1957 by picking up a guitar and singing at the end of an episode of The Adventures of Ozzie And Harriet, he established a template for pop-music stardom ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:07 EST from rss

Subject: Pete Hamill quits drinking

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On this day, 37-year-old journalist Pete Hamill quits drinking. Hamill’s bestselling memoir, A Drinking Life, details the influence of alcohol throughout the author’s life. Hamill was born and raised in an Irish neighborhood in Brooklyn. The oldest of several children, Hamill grew up playing ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:41 EST from rss

Subject: Anthony Hopkins born

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On this day in 1937, Anthony Hopkins, who will become known for playing one of the greatest villains in movie history, the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs and its two sequels, is born in Port Talbot, Wales. In addition to portraying Lecter, a role which ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:14 EST from rss

Subject: Baseball star dies in plane crash

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Roberto Clemente, future Hall of Fame baseball player, is killed along with four others when the cargo plane in which he is traveling crashes off the coast of Puerto Rico. Clemente was on his way to deliver relief supplies to Nicaragua following a devastating earthquake there a week earlier. At the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:32 EST from rss

Subject: Subway vigilante turns himself in

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Bernhard Goetz, the white man dubbed the “subway vigilante” after he shot four young black men on a New York City subway train, turns himself in at a police station in Concord, New Hampshire. Goetz claimed that the men, all of whom had criminal records, were trying to rob him and that he had acted ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:52 EST from rss

Subject: United States ends official relations with Nationalist China

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Flags at both the American embassy in Taipei and the Taiwanese embassy in the United States are lowered for the last time as U.S. relations with Taiwan officially come to an end. On January 1, 1979 the United States officially recognized the government of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:35 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Parker

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On this day in 1862, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest narrowly escapes capture during a raid at Parker’s Crossroads in western Tennessee. Despite the close call, the raid was instrumental in forcing Union General Ulysses S. Grant to abandon his first attempt to capture Vicksburg, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:20 EST from rss

Subject: Henry Ford publishes the last issue of the Dearborn Independent

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On December 31, 1927, the Dearborn Independent–a newspaper published by Henry Ford that, at the peak of its popularity in the mid-1920s, had about 700,000 readers–rolls off the printing press for the last time. Since 1920, Ford had used the paper as a platform for his anti-Semitic ideas, and many ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:55 EST from rss

Subject: Patriots are defeated at Quebec

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On this day in 1775, Patriot forces under Colonel Benedict Arnold and General Richard Montgomery attempt to capture the city of Quebec under cover of darkness and snowfall. They fail, and the effort costs Montgomery his life. On December 2, Arnold, Montgomery and their troops met on the outskirts ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:22 EDT from rss

Subject: American general and diplomat George C. Marshall is born

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George C. Marshall, who distinguished himself with his service in France during World War I but is better-known as the commander of United States forces during the Second World War and the author of the Marshall Plan, is born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1880. Marshall, who graduated ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 15:37:23 EDT from rss

Subject: Emancipation Proclamation goes into effect

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During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, calling on the Union army to liberate all slaves in states still in rebellion as “an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity.” These three million slaves were declared to be ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:49:02 EDT from rss

Subject: First modern Mummers

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In honor of the American centennial, the first area-wide New Year’s Day Mummers’ Parade is held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mummers’ celebrations in America date back to colonial times, when the boisterous Swedish custom of celebrating the end of the calendar year with noise making and shouting ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:32:38 EDT from rss

Subject: New Year

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In 45 B.C., New Year’s Day is celebrated on January 1 for the first time in history as the Julian calendar takes effect. Soon after becoming Roman dictator, Julius Caesar decided that the traditional Roman calendar was in dire need of reform. Introduced around the seventh century B.C., the Roman ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:33 EST from rss

Subject: Haitian independence proclaimed

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Two months after his defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s colonial forces, Jean-Jacques Dessalines proclaims the independence of Saint-Domingue, renaming it Haiti after its original Arawak name. In 1791, a slave revolt erupted on the French colony, and Toussaint-Louverture, a former slave, took control ...

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