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[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:17 EST from rss

Subject: Truce signed in Greek Civil War

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On this day, fighting in the civil war stops when a political truce is signed between the British-backed Democratic National Army and the communist rebel National Liberation Front. Upon the occupation of Greece by Germany (which invaded to bail out Italy after its failed invasion threatened to ...

[#] Mon Jul 18 2011 06:30:40 EDT from rss

Subject: Massive earthquake strikes Haiti

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On this day in 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastates the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. The quake, which was the strongest to strike the region in more than 200 years, left over 200,000 people dead and some 895,000 Haitians homeless. The earthquake hit southern Haiti at 4:53 p.m. local ...

[#] Mon Mar 15 2010 09:40:34 EDT from rss

Subject: Roosevelt (re)creates the National War Labor Board

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On this day in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt reinstates Woodrow Wilson’s National War Labor Board (NWLB) in an attempt to forestall labor-management conflict during World War II. Engaged in a two-front war, the United States was supplying not only its own military but those of the other ...

[#] Tue Mar 02 2010 10:29:23 EST from rss

Subject: First elected female senator

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Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, becomes the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Caraway, born near Bakerville, Tennessee, had been appointed to the Senate two months earlier to fill the vacancy left by her late husband, Thaddeus Horatio Caraway. With the support of Huey ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:38 EST from rss

Subject: Pyramid mystery unearthed

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On this day, an international panel overseeing the restoration of the Great Pyramids in Egypt overcomes years of frustration when it abandons modern construction techniques in favor of the method employed by the ancient Egyptians. Located at Giza outside Cairo, some of the oldest manmade structures ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:00 EST from rss

Subject: British-Zulu War begins

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The British-Zulu War begins as British troops under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus invade Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal. In 1843, Britain succeeded the Boers as the rulers of Natal, which controlled Zululand, the neighboring kingdom of the Zulu people. Boers, also known ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:35 EST from rss

Subject: Henry Ford sets speed record

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On this day in 1904, Henry Ford sets a land-speed record of 91.37 mph on the frozen surface of Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. He was driving a four-wheel vehicle, dubbed the “999,” with a wooden chassis but no body or hood. Ford’s record was broken within a month at Ormond Beach, Florida, by a driver ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:26 EST from rss

Subject: Original Amos

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On this day in 1926, the two-man comedy series “Sam ‘n’ Henry” debuts on Chicago’s WGN radio station. Two years later, after changing its name to “Amos ‘n’ Andy,” the show became one of the most popular radio programs in American history. Though the creators and the stars of the new radio program, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:18 EST from rss

Subject: Soviet forces penetrate the siege of Leningrad

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On this day, Soviet troops create a breach in the German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for a year and a half. The Soviet forces punched a hole in the siege, which ruptured the German encirclement and allowed for more supplies to come in along Lake Ladoga. Upon invading the Soviet Union in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:08 EST from rss

Subject: Leaders of the Big Four nations meet for the first time in Paris

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The day after British Prime Minister David Lloyd George’s arrival in Paris, he meets with representatives from the other Big Four nations—Prime Ministers Georges Clemenceau of France and Vittorio Orlando of Italy and President Woodrow Wilson of the United States—at the French Foreign Ministry on ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:53 EST from rss

Subject: Operation Ranch Hand initiated

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The United States Air Force launches Operation Ranch Hand, a “modern technological area-denial technique” designed to expose the roads and trails used by the Viet Cong. Flying C-123 Providers, U.S. personnel dumped an estimated 19 million gallons of defoliating herbicides over 10-20 percent of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:46 EST from rss

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The Reverend Philip F. Berrigan, serving a six-year prison term on charges of destroying draft records, and five others are indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiring to kidnap presidential adviser Henry Kissinger and of plotting to blow up the heating tunnels of federal buildings in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:00 EST from rss

Subject: Broadway Joe delivers

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On January 12, 1969, in the most celebrated performance of his prolific career, quarterback Joe Namath leads the New York Jets to a stunning 16-7 victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, held in Miami, Florida. Born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1943, Namath starred ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:18 EST from rss

Subject: Johnson says U.S. should stay in Vietnam

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On this day in 1966, Lyndon Johnson, in his State of the Union address, commits the United States to staying in Vietnam as long as aggression commands us to battle. Johnson justified his position on the basis of national security and the principles of democracy and national sovereignty. Citing ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:23 EST from rss

Subject: Joseph Smith abandons Ohio

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After his Mormon bank fails in the Panic of 1837, Joseph Smith flees Kirtland, Ohio, to avoid arrest and heads for Missouri to rebuild his religious community. A sensitive and religious-minded man since his youth, Joseph Smith claimed the angel Moroni visited him in 1823, when he was 18 years old, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:17:52 EST from rss

Subject: Jack London is born

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On this day, Jack London, the illegitimate son of an astrologer father and a spiritualist mother, is born in San Francisco. His father abandoned the family, and Jack, whose last name at birth was Chaney, later assumed his stepfather’s surname, London. From an early age, London struggled to make a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:21 EST from rss

Subject: Pianist Vladimir Horowitz makes his American debut at Carnegie Hall

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Even with the rise of jazz and pop music during the period, the 1920s and 30s was a time when performances of classical music, both live and on radio, drew enormous audiences in the United States. Of the many composers, conductors and performers who became household names during this era, none made ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:16 EST from rss

Subject: Dynasty premieres on ABC

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The oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) prepares to marry his former secretary, the beautiful and innocent Krystle (Linda Evans), in the three-hour television movie that kicks off the prime-time ABC soap opera Dynasty on this day in 1981. Over the next eight years, the Carringtons, a rich ...

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

Subject: Blizzard brings tragedy to Northwest Plains

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On this day in 1888, the so-called “Schoolchildren’s Blizzard” kills 235 people, many of whom were children on their way home from school, across the Northwest Plains region of the United States. The storm came with no warning, and some accounts say that the temperature fell nearly 100 degrees in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:55 EST from rss

Subject: Malcolm X

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Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, is arrested for conspiring to kill Louis Farrakhan. Shabazz believed that Farrakhan was responsible for the assassination of her father in 1965, and sought to exact revenge through a hired killer. Subsequently, Shabazz admitted her “responsibility,” but ...

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