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[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:37:04 EDT from rss

Subject: King Tut

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Two years after British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discovered the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen near Luxor, Egypt, they uncover the greatest treasure of the tomb–a stone sarcophagus containing a solid gold coffin that holds the mummy of Tutankhamen. When Carter first arrived in ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:31:57 EDT from rss

Subject: Meiji Restoration in Japan

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In an event that heralds the birth of modern Japan, patriotic samurai from Japan’s outlying domains join with anti-shogunate nobles in restoring the emperor to power after 700 years. The impetus for the coup was a fear by many Japanese that the nation’s feudal leaders were ill equipped to resist ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:46 EST from rss

Subject: Martin Luther excommunicated

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On January 3, 1521, Pope Leo X issues the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem, which excommunicates Martin Luther from the Catholic Church. Martin Luther, the chief catalyst of Protestantism, was a professor of biblical interpretation at the University of Wittenberg in Germany when he drew up his ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:16 EST from rss

Subject: Jack Ruby dies before second trial

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On January 3, 1967, Jack Ruby, the Dallas nightclub owner who killed the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, dies of cancer in a Dallas hospital. The Texas Court of Appeals had recently overturned his death sentence for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald and was scheduled to grant him a new ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:11 EST from rss

Subject: Alaska admitted into Union

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On January 3, 1959, President Eisenhower signs a special proclamation admitting the territory of Alaska into the Union as the 49th and largest state. The European discovery of Alaska came in 1741, when a Russian expedition led by Danish navigator Vitus Bering sighted the Alaskan mainland. Russian ...

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

Subject: Noriega surrenders to U.S.

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On this day in 1990, Panama’s General Manuel Antonio Noriega, after holing up for 10 days at the Vatican embassy in Panama City, surrenders to U.S. military troops to face charges of drug trafficking. Noriega was flown to Miami the following day and crowds of citizens on the streets of Panama City ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:44 EST from rss

Subject: McCarthy announces his presidential candidacy

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Senator Eugene McCarthy (D-Minnesota) announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. McCarthy had been a contender to be President Lyndon B. Johnson’s running mate in the 1964 election, but since then he had become increasingly disenchanted with Johnson’s policies in Vietnam ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:25 EST from rss

Subject: Antigovernment demonstrators clash with police

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The political crisis that had been undermining the South Vietnamese government and military for months is aggravated when thousands of antigovernment demonstrators in Saigon clash with government marines and police. There was also rioting in Hue, where students organized strikes against the local ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:01 EST from rss

Subject: Buffalo Bills pull off greatest comeback in NFL history

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On this day in 1993, backup quarterback Frank Reich leads the Buffalo Bills to a 41-38 overtime victory over the Houston Oilers in an American Football Conference (AFC) wild card playoff game that will forever be known to football fans as “The Comeback.” By halftime of the game, Houston was out in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:36 EST from rss

Subject: Franklin Roosevelt founds March of Dimes

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an adult victim of polio, founds the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which he later renamed the March of Dimes Foundation, on this day in 1938. A predominantly childhood disease in the early 20th century, polio wreaked havoc among American children every ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:04 EST from rss

Subject: Stephen Austin imprisoned by Mexicans

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Escalating the tensions that would lead to rebellion and war, the Mexican government imprisons the Texas colonizer Stephen Austin in Mexico City. Stephen Fuller Austin was a reluctant revolutionary. His father, Moses Austin, won permission from the Mexican government in 1821 to settle 300 ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:52 EST from rss

Subject: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts first woman

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In 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its first group of inductees: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and the Everly Brothers. Since then, the Hall has added a new class of inductees each year, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:27 EST from rss

Subject: Herman Melville sails for the South Seas

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On this day in 1841, Herman Melville ships out on the whaler Acushnet to the South Seas. Melville was born in New York City in 1819. A childhood bout of scarlet fever permanently weakened his eyesight. He went to sea at age 19, as a cabin boy on a ship bound for Liverpool. Two years later, he ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:15 EST from rss

Subject: Dragnet TV show debuts

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“Just the facts, ma’am.” On this day in 1952, Sergeant Joe Friday’s famous catchphrase enters American homes via a new entertainment device: the television. A popular radio series since 1949, the police drama Dragnet became one of the first TV series filmed in Hollywood, instead of New York. It ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:20 EST from rss

Subject: Great Lakes region digs out from record blizzard

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After three days of high winds and heavy snow, people in the Great Lakes region begin digging out from one of the worst blizzards on record on this day in 1999. More than 100 people died in storm-related accidents. The storm began on January 1, when snow began falling across Illinois, Indiana, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:56 EST from rss

Subject: The husband did it: The controversial Stuart case

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Matthew Stuart meets with Boston prosecutors and tells them that his brother, Charles, was actually the person responsible for murdering Charles’s wife, Carol. The killing of Carol Stuart, who was pregnant at the time, on October 23, 1989, had touched off a national outrage when Charles Stuart told ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:55 EST from rss

Subject: United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba

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In the climax of deteriorating relations between the United States and Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba, President Dwight D. Eisenhower closes the American embassy in Havana and severs diplomatic relations. The action signaled that the United States was prepared to take extreme measures to ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:09 EST from rss

Subject: Delaware rejects secession

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On this day in 1861, just two weeks after South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union, the state of Delaware rejects a similar proposal. There had been little doubt that Delaware would remain with the North. Delaware was technically a slave state, but the institution was not ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:04 EST from rss

Subject: All-time Formula One champ born

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Michael Schumacher, who won a record seven Formula One (F1) world championships, is born on January 3, 1969, near Cologne, Germany. In a 16-year Formula One career that began in the early 1990s, Schumacher’s numerous F1 accomplishments also included records for most Grand Prix victories (91), most ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:22 EST from rss

Subject: The Battle of Princeton

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In a stroke of strategic genius, General George Washington manages to evade conflict with General Charles Cornwallis, who had been dispatched to Trenton to bag the fox (Washington), and wins several encounters with the British rear guard, as it departs Princeton for Trenton, New Jersey. Deeply ...

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