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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:43 EST from rss

Subject: Harlem Globetrotters play their first game

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On January 7, 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team travels 48 miles west from Chicago to play their first game in Hinckley, Illinois. The Globetrotters were the creation of Abe Saperstein of Chicago, who took over coaching duties for a team of African-American players originally known as ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:04 EST from rss

Subject: Clinton

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On this day in 1999, the United States Senate begins its impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives since Andrew Johnson in 1868. The impeachment trial was the culmination of a slew of scandals involving the president and ...

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

Subject: Cannibal Alfred Packer is paroled

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The confessed Colorado cannibal Alfred Packer is released from prison on parole after serving 18 years. One of the ragged legions of gold and silver prospectors who combed the Rocky Mountains searching for fortune in the 1860s, Alfred Packer also supplemented his meager income from mining by ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:58 EST from rss

Subject: Zora Neale Hurston is born

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On this day in 1891, Zora Neale Hurston, novelist and folklorist, is born in Eatonville, Fla. Although at the time of her death in 1960, Hurston had published more books than any other black woman in America, she was unable to capture a mainstream audience in her lifetime, and she died poor and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:38 EST from rss

Subject: America

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On this day in 1911, one of the most popular stars of early Hollywood, Mary Pickford, marries fellow actor Owen Moore (1886-1939). Known as “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford was the first true movie star. Before Pickford, movie studios avoided identifying individual actors by name, for fear ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:47 EST from rss

Subject: Mine explodes in Oklahoma

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A massive mine explosion leaves nearly 100 dead in Krebs, Oklahoma, on this day in 1892. The disaster, the worst mining catastrophe in Oklahoma’s history, was mainly due to the mine owner’s emphasis on profits over safety. Southeastern Oklahoma was a prime location for mining at the turn of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:19 EST from rss

Subject: A case of split personality in puzzling Chicago murders

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Six-year-old Suzanne Degnan is kidnapped from her home in an affluent Chicago neighborhood. Her father found a note on the floor asking for a $20,000 ransom. Although James Degnan went on the radio to plead for his daughter’s safety, the kidnapper never made any contact or further demands. Later, a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:10:58 EST from rss

Subject: Caleb Blood Smith dies

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On this day in 1864, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Caleb Blood Smith, who served from 1861 to 1862, dies in Indianapolis.Smith played a major role in managing relations with Native Americans during the Civil War. Smith was born in Boston in 1808 and raised in Cincinnati. Educated at the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:54 EST from rss

Subject: United States recognizes new Cuban government

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Just six days after the fall of the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba, U.S. officials recognize the new provisional government of the island nation. Despite fears that Fidel Castro, whose rebel army helped to overthrow Batista, might have communist leanings, the U.S. government believed that ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:34 EST from rss

Subject: Truman announces U.S. has developed hydrogen bomb

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In his final State of the Union address before Congress, President Harry S. Truman tells the world that that the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. It was just three years earlier on January 31, 1950, that Truman publicly announced that had directed the Atomic Energy Commission to ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:29 EST from rss

Subject: Chrysler is Time magazine

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Walter Chrysler, the founder of the Chrysler Corporation, one of America’s Big Three automakers, is featured on the cover of Timemagazine as its Man of the Year. In 1928, under Walter Chrysler’s leadership, his company had acquired the Dodge Brothers Company, thereby becoming the world’s ...

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

Subject: Samuel Adams writes that the confederation is not dead, but sleepeth

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From Philadelphia, Samuel Adams writes to his friend Colonel James Warren that the idea of a confederation, or loose political union, among the colonies “is not dead, but sleepeth. To those who believed they would see the confederation completed long ago Adams wrote, I do not despair of it — since ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:37 EDT from rss

Subject: Bolshevik envoy approaches German ambassador in Turkey

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As Bolshevik groups work to foment revolution among Russia’s peasants, Alexander Helphand, a wealthy Bolshevik businessman working as a German agent, approaches the German ambassador to Turkey in Constantinople to let him know how closely German and Bolshevik interests are aligned. The interests ...

[#] Mon Dec 05 2011 11:52:02 EST from rss

Subject: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords injured in shooting rampage

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On this day in 2011, Gabrielle Giffords, a U.S. congresswoman from Arizona, is critically injured when a man goes on a shooting spree during a constituents meeting held by the congresswoman outside a Tucson-area supermarket. Six people died in the attack and another 13, including Giffords, were ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:50 EST from rss

Subject: The Battle of New Orleans

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Two weeks after the War of 1812 officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, U.S. General Andrew Jackson achieves the greatest American victory of the war at the Battle of New Orleans. In September 1814, an impressive American naval victory on Lake Champlain forced invading British ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:38 EST from rss

Subject: Wilson announces his 14 Points

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In an address before a joint meeting of Congress, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson discusses the aims of the United States in World War I and outlines his “14 Points” for achieving a lasting peace in Europe. The peace proposal called for unselfish peace terms from the victorious Allies, the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:59 EST from rss

Subject: Mona Lisa exhibited in Washington

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At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is exhibited for the first time in America. Over 2,000 dignitaries, including President John F. Kennedy, came out that evening to view the famous painting. The next day, the exhibit opened to the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:34 EST from rss

Subject: Congress expands suffrage in nation

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Congress overrides President Andrew Johnson’s veto of a bill granting all adult male citizens of the District of Columbia the right to vote, and the bill becomes law. It was the first law in American history that granted African-American men the right to vote. According to terms of the legislation, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:37 EST from rss

Subject: Astronomer Galileo dies in Italy

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Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei dies in Italy at age 77. Born February 15, 1564, Galileo has been referred to as the “father of modern astronomy,” the “father of modern physics” and the “father of science” due to his revolutionary discoveries. The first person to use a telescope to observe the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:15 EST from rss

Subject: Allies retreat from Gallipoli

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On January 8, 1916, Allied forces stage a full retreat from the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, ending a disastrous invasion of the Ottoman Empire. The Gallipoli Campaign resulted in 250,000 Allied casualties and greatly discredited Allied military command. Roughly an equal number of ...

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