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[#] Fri Jan 27 2012 05:26:06 EST from rss

Subject: Van der Sloot admits to Peru murder

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On this day in 2012, Joran van der Sloot, a longtime suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, pleads guilty to the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores, in Lima, Peru. Flores was killed on May 30, 2010, exactly five years to the day after Holloway went ...

[#] Tue Apr 12 2011 11:17:46 EDT from rss

Subject: Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank, dies at 100

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On this day in 2010, Miep Gies, the last survivor of a small group of people who helped hide a Jewish girl, Anne Frank, and her family from the Nazis during World War II, dies at age 100 in the Netherlands. After the Franks were discovered in 1944 and sent to concentration camps, Gies rescued the ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:13:43 EDT from rss

Subject: Stalin banishes Trotsky

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Leon Trotsky, a leader of the Bolshevik revolution and early architect of the Soviet state, is deported by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to Alma-Ata in remote Soviet Central Asia. He lived there in internal exile for a year before being banished from the USSR forever by Stalin. Born in the Ukraine of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:03 EST from rss

Subject: Amelia Earhart flies from Hawaii to California

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In the first flight of its kind, American aviatrix Amelia Earhart departs Wheeler Field in Honolulu, Hawaii, on a solo flight to North America. Hawaiian commercial interests offered a $10,000 award to whoever accomplished the flight first. The next day, after traveling 2,400 miles in 18 hours, she ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:41 EST from rss

Subject: Cornerstone laid at Washington

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On Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., the cornerstone is laid at the first mosque of note in the United States. Intended to serve as a national mosque for all American Muslims, the Islamic Center was built in a traditional Arabic architectural style, complete with a 160-foot minaret from which ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:54 EST from rss

Subject: Theodore Roosevelt makes Grand Canyon a national monument

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On January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument. Though Native Americans lived in the area as early as the 13th century, the first European sighting of the canyon wasn’t until 1540, by members of an expedition ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:30 EST from rss

Subject: French forces occupy Corfu

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To provide a safe and stable haven for the growing number of refugees pouring out of the devastated Balkan state of Serbia, French forces take formal military control of the Greek island of Corfu on this day in 1916. The northernmost of a string of islands in the Ionian Sea, Corfu was a British ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:15 EST from rss

Subject: Diem issues Ordinance No. 6

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South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem issues Ordinance No. 6, allowing the internment of former Viet Minh members and others “considered as dangerous to national defense and common security.” The Viet Minh was a largely communist organization that overthrew French colonial rule in Vietnam and ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:12 EST from rss

Subject: Demonstrations erupt in Saigon and Hue

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Major cities–especially Saigon and Hue–and much of central Vietnam are disrupted by demonstrations and strikes led by Buddhists. Refusing to accept any government headed by Tran Van Huong, who they saw as a puppet of the United States, the Buddhists turned against U.S. institutions and their ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:36:42 EST from rss

Subject: American League adopts designated hitter rule

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On January 11, 1973,the owners of America’s 24 major league baseball teams vote to allow teams in theAmerican League (AL) to use a “designated pinch-hitter” that could bat for the pitcher, while still allowing the pitcher to stay in the game. The idea of adding a 10th man to the baseball lineup to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:08 EST from rss

Subject: Roosevelt dedicates the Grand Canyon as a national monument

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On this day in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt places the Grand Canyon under public protection, declaring it a national monument. In a statement made during a visit to the Grand Canyon in 1903, Roosevelt indicated his intention to preserve one of America’s most unique natural sites. He urged ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:03 EST from rss

Subject: Grand Canyon National Monument is created

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Declaring that “The ages had been at work on it, and man can only mar it,” President Theodore Roosevelt designates the mighty Grand Canyon a national monument. Home to Native Americans for centuries, the first European to see the vast brightly colored spectacle of the Grand Canyon was Don Garcia ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:19:00 EST from rss

Subject: Song of Solomon wins National Book Critics Circle Award

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On this day in 1978, Toni Morrison wins the National Book Critics Circle Award for Song of Solomon. The award brought the writer national attention for the first time, although she had already published two moderately successful books, The Bluest Eye (1969) and Sula (1973). Morrison went on to win ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:20 EST from rss

Subject: Paul Simon returns to Johannesburg, South Africa, with the blessing of the U.N.

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In 1985, singer-songwriter Paul Simon made a controversial nine-day visit to South Africa—a visit that some felt was in violation of a United Nations cultural boycott, but a visit that dramatically increased worldwide awareness of black South Africa’s rich musical traditions. Seven years later, ...

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

Subject: Charlie Chaplin

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On January 11, 1927, Charlie Chaplin’s $16 million estate is frozen by court receivers after his second wife, Lita Grey Chaplin, sues for divorce. Lita was a 16-year-old hopeful actress when the 35-year-old Chaplin married her in 1924. The bitter and prolonged divorce ended a three-year marriage ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:12 EST from rss

Subject: Flash flood in Rio

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In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, more than 10 inches of rain falls in 12 hours on this day in 1966, causing a flash flood. Four hundred people were killed and 50,000 needed to be evacuated due to the sudden influx of water The rains, which were the heaviest to hit the area in more than 80 years, took a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:52 EST from rss

Subject: Reagan gives his farewell address

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After eight years as president of the United States, Ronald Reagan gives his farewell address to the American people. In his speech, President Reagan spoke with particular enthusiasm about the foreign policy achievements of his administration. In his speech, Reagan declared that America ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:22 EST from rss

Subject: Violence erupts at GM plant strike

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On this day in 1937, nearly two weeks into a sit-down strike by General Motors (GM) auto workers at the Fisher Body Plant No. 2 in Flint, Michigan, a riot breaks out when police try to prevent the strikers from receiving food deliveries from supporters on the outside. Strikers and police officers ...

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

Subject: Battle of Arkansas Post

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On this day in 1863, Union General John McClernand and Admiral David Porter capture Arkansas Post, a Confederate stronghold on the Arkansas River. The victory secured central Arkansas for the Union and lifted Northern morale just three weeks after the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:19 EST from rss

Subject: Jewish Patriot joins Provincial Congress of South Carolina

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Francis Salvador, the first Jew to hold an elected office in the Americas, takes his seat on the South Carolina Provincial Congress on this day in 1775. Born in 1747, Salvador was descended from a line of prominent Sephardic Jews who made their home in London. His great grandfather, Joseph, was ...

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