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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:11:33 EST from rss

Subject: General Kilpatrick is promoted

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On this day in 1865, General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick is promoted to major general in the Union Army. Kilpatrick served in both the Eastern and Western theaters of war and earned a reputation as a fearless and, many would say, reckless leader. Kilpatrick was born in New Jersey in 1836. He attended ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:44 EST from rss

Subject: Dulles announces policy of

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In a speech at a Council on Foreign Relations dinner in his honor, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles announces that the United States will protect its allies through the “deterrent of massive retaliatory power.” The policy announcement was further evidence of the Eisenhower administration’s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:17 EST from rss

Subject: Hugh Mercer dies from wounds received in Battle of Princeton

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On this day in 1777, American Brigadier General Hugh Mercer dies from the seven bayonet wounds he received during the Battle of Princeton. Mercer’s military service ranged over two continents and three armies. Born in Rosehearty, Scotland, Mercer studied medicine at the University of Aberdeen and ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 06:37:39 EDT from rss

Subject: Georgia Governor Zell Miller proposes writing

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In presenting his $12.5 billion budget proposal for fiscal 1999 to the Georgia state legislature on January 13, 1998, Democratic Governor Zell Miller covered all of the expected basics, such as schools, roads, hospitals and the like. And then he got to an interesting and unexpected item: a request ...

[#] Tue Mar 02 2010 10:29:15 EST from rss

Subject: Stephen Foster dies

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In the charity ward of New York’s Bellevue Hospital, Stephen Foster, America’s first professional songwriter, dies at the age of 37. Stephen Foster was born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1826–the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He developed his ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:16 EST from rss

Subject: Sole British soldier escapes Kabul

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On January 13, 1842, a British army doctor reaches the British sentry post at Jalalabad, Afghanistan, the lone survivor of a 16,000-strong Anglo-Indian expeditionary force that was massacred in its retreat from Kabul. He told of a terrible massacre in the Khyber Pass, in which the Afghans gave the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:18 EST from rss

Subject: James Joyce dies

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James Joyce, widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest author, dies in Zurich, Switzerland, at the age of 58. One of the most brilliant and daring writers of the 20th century, Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses is ranked among the greatest works in the English language. Born in Dublin in 1882, Joyce grew up ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:32 EST from rss

Subject: Pope recognizes Knights Templar

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On this day in 1128, Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, declaring it to be an army of God. Led by the Frenchman Hughes de Payens, the Knights Templar organization was founded in 1118. Its self-imposed mission was to protect Christian ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:07 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals

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President Nixon announces that 70,000 U.S. troops will leave South Vietnam over the next three months, reducing U.S. troop strength there by May 1 to 69,000 troops. Since taking office, Nixon had withdrawn more than 400,000 American troops from Vietnam. With the reduction in total troop strength, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:27 EST from rss

Subject: First Operation Farm Gate missions flown

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In the first Farm Gate combat missions, T-28 fighter-bombers are flown in support of a South Vietnamese outpost under Viet Cong attack. By the end of the month, U.S. Air Force pilots had flown 229 Farm Gate sorties. Operation Farm Gate was initially designed to provide advisory support to assist ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:15 EST from rss

Subject: Michael Jordan retires for a second time

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On January 13, 1999, the National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls announces his retirement from professional basketball, for the second time, in front of a crowd at Chicago’s United Center. Jordan had an outstanding college career, but left the University ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:17 EST from rss

Subject: Johnson appoints first African-American cabinet member

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On this day in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints the first African-American cabinet member, making Robert C. Weaver head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency that develops and implements national housing policy and enforces fair housing laws. In keeping with ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:37 EST from rss

Subject: Wyatt Earp dies in Los Angeles

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Nearly 50 years after the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Wyatt Earp dies quietly in Los Angeles at the age of 80. The Earp brothers had long been competing with the Clanton-McClaury ranching families for political and economic control of Tombstone, Arizona, and the surrounding region. On ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:19:39 EST from rss

Subject: Zola

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On this day in 1898, French writer Emile Zola’s inflammatory newspaper editorial, entitled “J’accuse,” is printed. The letter exposed a military cover-up regarding Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus, a French army captain, had been accused of espionage in 1894 and sentenced in a secret military ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:40 EST from rss

Subject: Golden Globes curtailed due to writers

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Fans of the red carpet extravaganza that is the annual Golden Globe Awards presentation were disappointed in 2008, when the lavish ceremony was canceled due to the Writers Guild of America strike that began the previous fall. Under pressure from striking writers and the actors who threatened to ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:08 EST from rss

Subject: Plane crashes into Potomac

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On this day in 1982, an Air Florida Boeing 727 plunges into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., killing 78 people. The crash, caused by bad weather, took place only two miles from the White House. The Air Florida flight took off from Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, with 74 ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:43 EST from rss

Subject: The Manuel Massacres

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Peter Manuel is arrested in Glasgow, Scotland, after a series of attacks over two years that left between seven and 15 people dead. Manuel, born in America to British parents, established himself as a career criminal early in life. He received his first burglary conviction at age 12. By the time he ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:17 EST from rss

Subject: Doc Barker is killed by prison guards as he attempts to escape

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Arthur “Doc” Barker is killed while trying to escape from Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay. Barker, of the notorious “Bloody Barkers” gang, was spotted on the rock-strewn shore of the island after climbing over the walls. Despite the fact that guards were ordering him to surrender, Barker ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:15 EST from rss

Subject: Soviets boycott United Nations Security Council

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For the second time in a week, Jacob Malik, the Soviet representative to the United Nations, storms out of a meeting of the Security Council, this time in reaction to the defeat of his proposal to expel the Nationalist Chinese representative. At the same time, he announced the Soviet Union’s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:16 EST from rss

Subject: Napoleon Bonaparte Buford is born

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On this day in 1897, Union General Napoleon Bonaparte Buford is born in Woodford, Kentucky. Buford held many commands in the West and was a hero at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri,early in the war. Buford attended West Point and graduated in 1827. After a stint with the frontier military, he was ...

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