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[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:23 EST from rss

Subject: First modern circus is staged

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On this day, Englishman Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London. Trick riders, acrobats, clowns, trained animals, and other familiar components of the circus have existed throughout recorded history, but it was not until the late 18th century that the modern spectacle of the circus ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:19 EST from rss

Subject: Columbus mistakes manatees for mermaids

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On this day in 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three “mermaids”–in reality manatees–and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” Six months earlier, Columbus (1451-1506) set off from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean with ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:41:05 EST from rss

Subject: United States invades Luzon in Philippines

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On this day, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the American 6th Army land on the Lingayen Gulf of Luzon, another step in the capture of the Philippine Islands from the Japanese. The Japanese controlled the Philippines from May 1942, when the defeat of American forces led to General MacArthur’s departure ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:43 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. officials try to counter claims of Saigon corruption

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The Agency for International Development (AID) attempts to respond to reports in the American media of widespread corruption and thievery of commodities sent to South Vietnam by the United States. In a report to the president, AID officials asserted, “No more than 5-6 percent of all economic ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:59 EST from rss

Subject: Support is pledged to civilian government

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Under pressure from United States officials, Gen. Nguyen Khanh and the newly formed Armed Forces Council–generals who participated in the bloodless coup on December 19, 1964–agree to support the civilian government of Premier Trran Van Huong. The coup occurred when Khanh and a group of generals, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:00 EST from rss

Subject: Laker winning streak comes to an end

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On January 9, 1972, the 24-year-old Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads the Milwaukee Bucks in a 120-104 victory over Wilt Chamberlain and the Los Angeles Lakers, breaking the Lakers’ record 33-game winning streak, the longest of any team in American professional sports. Coached by former Boston Celtics star ...

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

Subject: Richard M. Nixon is born

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Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th president of the United States, is born on this day in California. The son of Quaker parents, Nixon grew up in the southern California city of Yorba Linda. Early on he proved himself to be a stellar student, attending Whittier College and graduating from Duke University ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:51 EST from rss

Subject: Record cold and snow decimates cattle herds

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On one of the worst days of the “worst winter in the West,” nearly an inch of snow falls every hour for 16 hours, impeding the ability of already starving cattle to find food. The plains ranchers had seen hard winters before, but they had survived because their cattle had been well fed going into ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:47 EST from rss

Subject: Pop luminaries gather at the U.N. for the Music for UNICEF concert

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In an effort to call attention to the poverty, malnutrition and lack of access to quality education affecting millions of children throughout the developing world, the United Nations proclaimed 1979 the “International Year of the Child.” To publicize the proclamation and raise money for UNICEF—the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:47 EST from rss

Subject: Virginia Woolf buys a house in Bloomsbury

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On this day in 1924, Virginia Woolf and her husband buy a house at 52 Tavistock Square, in the Bloomsbury district of London near the British Museum. Woolf had been associated with the district since 1902, when she took a house in the area with her three siblings after their father’s death. She had ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:59 EST from rss

Subject: Stallone starts filming Rocky

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The classic rags-to-riches story got a macho spin in the Oscar-winning Rocky, which was written by its star, Sylvester Stallone, and began filming on this day in 1976. Stallone had his own rags-to-riches tale: Born in the gritty Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, he was a juvenile ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:04 EST from rss

Subject: Fire breaks out on Queen Elizabeth

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On this day in 1972,, the ship Seawise University (formerly the RMS Queen Elizabeth) sinks in Hong Kong Harbor despite a massive firefighting effort over two days. The Queen Elizabeth, named after the wife of King George VI, was launched on September 27, 1938; at the time, it was the largest ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:40 EST from rss

Subject: The Hillside Stranglers

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Angelo Buono, one of the Hillside Stranglers, is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the rape, torture, and murder of 10 young women in Los Angeles. Buono’s cousin and partner in crime, Kenneth Bianchi, testified against Buono to escape the death penalty. Buono, a successful auto ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:39 EST from rss

Subject: Truman warns of Cold War dangers

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In his 1952 State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman warns Americans that they are “moving through a perilous time,” and calls for vigorous action to meet the communist threat. Though Truman’s popularity had nose-dived during the previous 18 months because of complaints about the way ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:40 EST from rss

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On this day in 1861,a Union merchant ship, the Star of the West, is fired upon as it tries to deliver supplies to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This incident was the first time shots were exchanged between North and South, although it not trigger the Civil War. When South ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:17 EST from rss

Subject: Bond movie features Aston Martin

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On this day in 1965, the James Bond movie “Goldfinger,” which features the suave British super-spy driving an Aston Martin Silver Birch DB5 sports car, opens in theaters across the U.S. Aston Martins would go on to appear in a number of other Bond films. Aston Martin’s roots date back to 1913, when ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:27 EST from rss

Subject: Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense

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On this day in 1776, writer Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet “Common Sense,” setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence.  Although little used today, pamphlets were an important medium for the spread of ideas in the 16th through 19th centuries. Originally published ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:30 EDT from rss

Subject: Battle of Khadairi Bend begins

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After several months of preparations, British troops under the command of their new regional chief Sir Frederick Maude launch an offensive against Turkish forces at Khadairi Bend, to the north of Kut, Mesopotamia. The British had previously occupied Kut, a strategically important town located on ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:49:01 EDT from rss

Subject: First meeting of the United Nations

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The first General Assembly of the United Nations, comprising 51 nations, convenes at Westminster Central Hall in London, England. One week later, the U.N. Security Council met for the first time and established its rules of procedure. Then, on January 24, the General Assembly adopted its first ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:13:55 EDT from rss

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It was a song that celebrated the exploits of a rebellious trucker with a reckless disregard for human life and highway safety codes. It gave the gravelly-voiced C.W. McCall his biggest pop hit on this day in 1976, except that technically, “C.W. McCall” was a figment of the imagination. The genius ...

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