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[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:37 EST from rss

Subject: MacArthur and Nimitz given new commands

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On this day, in preparation for planned assaults against Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and mainland Japan, Gen. Douglas MacArthur is placed in command of all U.S. ground forces and Adm. Chester Nimitz is placed in command of all U.S. naval forces. This effectively ended the concept of unified commands, in ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:44 EDT from rss

Subject: British nurse Marion Rice writes from a hospital on the Western Front

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You never know what is going to happen from one day to the next, nurse Marion Rice writes on this day in 1917, from an army hospital in Caux Seine Auf, France. Her brief Christmas leave to Paris had just been cut short by an influx of wounded soldiers that forced her and her fellow nurses to ...

[#] Thu Dec 06 2018 16:38:53 EST from rss

Subject: Nancy Pelosi becomes first female Speaker of the House

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On January 4, 2007, John Boehner handed the speaker of the House gavel over to Nancy Pelosi, a Democratic Representative from California. With the passing of the gavel, she became the first woman to hold the speaker of the House position, as well as the only woman to get that close the presidency. ...

[#] Mon Aug 30 2010 12:43:12 EDT from rss

Subject: Bobby Vinton tops the pop charts with the last #1 single of the pre-Beatles era

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Sitting atop the Billboard charts in the first week of January, 1964, Bobby Vinton—”the Polish Prince”—was enjoying the ninth top-40 hit of his young career with “There! I’ve Said Again.” Not only was this the third #1 single for Vinton in a span of just 18 months, but it was the second (after ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:22:38 EDT from rss

Subject: Segovia begins final U.S. tour

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Spanish guitar great Andres Segovia arrives in the United States for his final American tour. He died four months later in Madrid at the age of 94. Segovia was hailed for bringing the Spanish guitar from relative obscurity to classical status. Born in Spain’s southern region of Andalusia–the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:32 EST from rss

Subject: Utah enters the Union

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Six years after Wilford Woodruff, president of the Mormon church, issued his Manifesto reforming political, religious, and economic life in Utah, the territory is admitted into the Union as the 45th state. In 1823, Vermont-born Joseph Smith claimed that an angel named Moroni visited him and told ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:28 EST from rss

Subject: President Nixon refuses to hand over tapes

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President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. Marking the beginning of the end of his Presidency, Nixon would resign from office in disgrace eight months later.

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:04 EST from rss

Subject: 104th Congress under Republican control

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The 104th Congress becomes the first held entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era. Thanks to Newt Gingrich and his “Contract with America,” the Republican Party won majority control of congress for the time in forty years.

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:53 EST from rss

Subject: The euro debuts

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On this day in 1999, for the first time since Charlemagne’s reign in the ninth century, Europe is united with a common currency when the “euro” debuts as a financial unit in corporate and investment markets. Eleven European Union (EU) nations (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:07 EST from rss

Subject: Thieu announces war has resumed

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South Vietnamese troops report that 55 soldiers have been killed in two clashes with communist forces. Claiming that the war had “restarted,” South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu asserted, “We cannot allow the communists a situation in which…they can launch harassing attacks against us,” and ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:10 EST from rss

Subject: Johnson reaffirms commitment to South Vietnam

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In his State of the Union message, President Lyndon B. Johnson reaffirms U.S. commitment to support South Vietnam in fighting communist aggression. In justifying the continued support to Saigon, Johnson pointed out that U.S. presidents had been giving the South Vietnamese help for 10 years, and, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:24 EST from rss

Subject: Vince Young leads Texas over USC in the Rose Bowl

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On January 4, 2006, University of Texas quarterback Vince Young makes an eight-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 19 seconds left in the game, capping one of the best individual performances in college football history while leading his team to a Rose Bowl victory and a national championship ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:25 EST from rss

Subject: L.B.J. envisions a Great Society in his State of the Union address

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On this day in 1965, in his State of the Union address, President Lyndon Baines Johnson lays out for Congress a laundry list of legislation needed to achieve his plan for a Great Society. On the heels of John F. Kennedy’s tragic death, Americans had elected Johnson, his vice president, to the ...

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

Subject: Colt sells his first revolvers to the U.S. government

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Samuel Colt rescues the future of his faltering gun company by winning a contract to provide the U.S. government with 1,000 of his .44 caliber revolvers. Before Colt began mass-producing his popular revolvers in 1847, handguns had not played a significant role in the history of either the American ...

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

Subject: Poet T.S. Eliot dies in London

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Poet T.S. Eliot dies in London at age 76. Eliot’s The Waste Land, published in 1922, is considered the single most influential work of poetry of the twentieth century. In 1948 he was bestowed the Order of Merit by King George VI and in the same year was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:31 EST from rss

Subject: Jacob Grimm is born

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On this day, the older of the two Grimm brothers, Jacob, is born in Hanau, Germany. His brother Wilhelm is born the following year. As young men, the two brothers assisted some friends with research for an important collection of folk lyrics. One of the authors, impressed by the brothers’ work, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:28 EST from rss

Subject: National Society of Film Critics honors The Pianist

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The National Society of Film Critics, comprising 55 of America’s top critics, holds its 37th annual meeting at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City on this day in 2003. The critics chose the director Roman Polanski’s wrenching Holocaust drama The Pianist as best picture of the previous year,. As a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:45 EST from rss

Subject: Trains collide in Pakistan

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Two trains collide in Sangi, Pakistan, on this day in 1990, killing between 200 and 300 people and injuring an estimated 700 others. This was the worst rail accident to date in Pakistan. The train Zakaria Bahauddin (named after a holy man according to Pakistani tradition) had a capacity of 1,400 ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:06 EST from rss

Subject: Boston Strangler strikes again

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Mary Sullivan is raped and strangled to death in her Boston apartment. The killer left a card reading “Happy New Year” leaning against her foot.Sullivan would turn out to be the last woman killed by the notorious Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, who had terrorized the city between 1962 and 1964, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:25 EST from rss

Subject: The God That Failed published

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The God That Failed, a collection of essays by six writers and intellectuals who either joined or sympathized with the communist cause before renouncing the ideology, is published by Harpers. The book provided interesting insight into why communism originally appealed to, and then disappointed, ...

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