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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:41 EST from rss

Subject: Mountain man Jedediah Smith is born

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Jedediah Strong Smith, one of America’s greatest trapper-explorers, is born in Bainbridge, New York. Smith explored a stunningly large area of the Far West during his short life. He began his western voyages in 1822, when he joined the pioneering fur trader William Ashley on a trip up the Missouri ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:01 EST from rss

Subject: John Gardner wins National Book Critics Circle Award

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On this day, John Gardner wins the National Book Critics Circle Award for October Light, a novel about two elderly siblings in New England. Gardner was born in 1933 in Batavia, New York, and attended Washington University in St. Louis, later taking a doctorate in classical and medieval literature ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:11:00 EST from rss

Subject: Two thousand Led Zeppelin fans trash the Boston Garden

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On January 6, 1975, a crowd of 2,000-plus lines up outside Boston Garden to buy tickets to the rock band Led Zeppelin. Some in the crowd then broke in to the near-empty arena, and caused thousands of dollars in damage. "For years and years, we had people line up overnight to wait for tickets," ...

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

Subject: Disney-MGM Studios becomes Disney

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At the close of business on January 6, 2008, the Walt Disney World Resort theme park known as Disney-MGM Studios officially shut its doors after almost a decade of operation. Fans didn’t have to worry too much, however, as the park would reopen the next morning under its new name, Disney’s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:16 EST from rss

Subject: Blizzard of 1996 begins

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On this day in 1996, snow begins falling in Washington, D.C., and up the Eastern seaboard, beginning a blizzard that kills 154 people and causes over $1 billion in damages before it ends. The Blizzard of 1996 began in typical fashion, as cold air from Canada pushed down and collided with relatively ...

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

Subject: Skater Nancy Kerrigan attacked

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Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan is attacked at a Detroit ice rink following a practice session two days before the Olympic trials. A man hit Kerrigan with a club on the back of her knee, causing the figure skater to cry out in pain and bewilderment. When the full story emerged a week later, the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:07 EST from rss

Subject: Soviet Union announces troop reduction

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The Soviet Union announces plans to cut the size of its standing army by 300,000 troops in the coming year. The reduction was part of a 1956 policy announced by Krushchev in anticipation of “peaceful coexistence” with the West, and an indication that Cold War relations between the United States ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:59 EST from rss

Subject: Confederate General John Calvin Brown born

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On this day in 1827, Confederate General John Calvin Brown is born in Giles County, Tennessee. Brown served in the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War, was wounded three times, and captured once. Brown was a prominent attorney in Pulaski, Tennessee, prior to the war. He opposed secession and was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:07 EST from rss

Subject: Auto industry maverick John DeLorean born

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On this day in 1925, John DeLorean, a maverick auto industry executive and founder of the DeLorean Motor Company, is born in Detroit, Michigan. The DeLorean Motor Company produced just one model, the DMC-12, a sports car with gull-wing doors that opened upward, in the early 1980s before going ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:38 EST from rss

Subject: Washington sets up winter quarters in Morristown

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After two significant victories over the British in Trenton and Princeton, New Jersey, General George Washington marches north to Morristown, New Jersey, where he set up winter headquarters for himself and the men of the Continental Army on this day in 1777. The hills surrounding the camp offered ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:55 EST from rss

Subject: Roosevelt commits to biggest arms buildup in U.S. history

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On this day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces to Congress that he is authorizing the largest armaments production in the history of the United States. Committed to war in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. had to reassess its military preparedness, especially in light of the fact that ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:27:32 EDT from rss

Subject: Pol Pot overthrown

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On January 7, 1979, Vietnamese troops seize the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, toppling the brutal regime of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge, organized by Pol Pot in the Cambodian jungle in the 1960s, advocated a radical Communist revolution that would wipe out Western influences in ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:14:03 EDT from rss

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You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen because of the 1824 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (aka “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”), but your knowledge of Rudolph—the most famous reindeer of all—comes courtesy of a department store copywriter named Robert L. May, May’s songwriter ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:53 EST from rss

Subject: Emperor Hirohito dies

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Showa Tenno Hirohito, the 124th Japanese monarch in an imperial line dating back to 660 B.C., dies after serving six decades as the emperor of Japan. He was the longest serving monarch in Japanese history. Made regent in 1921, Hirohito was enthroned as emperor in 1928, two years after the death of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:27 EST from rss

Subject: Clinton impeachment trial begins

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On January 7, 1999, the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, formally charged with lying under oath and obstructing justice, begins in the Senate. As instructed in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist was sworn in to preside, and the senators ...

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

Subject: Across the English Channel in a balloon

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Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon, becoming the first to cross the English Channel by air. The two men nearly crashed into the Channel along the way, however, as their balloon was weighed down by extraneous ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:38 EST from rss

Subject: First U.S. presidential election

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On this day in 1789, America’s first presidential election is held. Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789. As it did in 1789, the United States ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:39:46 EST from rss

Subject: Monty holds a press conference

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On this day, British Gen. Bernard Montgomery gives a press conference in which he all but claims complete credit for saving the Allied cause in the Battle of the Bulge. He was almost removed from his command because of the resulting American outcry. On December 16, 1944, the Germans attempted to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:27 EST from rss

Subject: Laird visits Saigon

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Accompanied by Admiral Thomas Moorer, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Melvin Laird arrives in South Vietnam to assess the military situation. The purpose of Laird’s visit was to check on the progress of the “Vietnamization” effort. In the summer of 1969, President ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:57 EST from rss

Subject: Civilian government is restored in Saigon

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Gen. Nguyen Khanh and the newly formed Armed Forces Council–the generals who had participated in a coup on December 19, 1964–restore civilian control of the South Vietnamese governmennt. Tran Van Huong was made the new premier. A bloodless coup had occurred when Gen. Khanh and a group of generals ...

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