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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:01 EST from rss

Subject: Benedict Arnold, American traitor, born

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Benedict Arnold, the American general during the Revolutionary War who betrayed his country and became synonymous with the word “traitor,” was born on this day in 1741. Arnold, who was raised in a respected family in Norwich, Connecticut, apprenticed with an apothecary and was a member of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:48 EST from rss

Subject: United Nations vote

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In a crushing diplomatic rebuke to the Soviet Union, the U.N. General Assembly votes 104 to 18 to “deplore” the Russian intervention in Afghanistan. The resolution also requested the “immediate, unconditional and total withdrawal of the foreign troops from Afghanistan.” The immense margin of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:35 EST from rss

Subject: House Committee of Thirty Three submits proposed amendment

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On this day in 1860, unable to agree on anything else, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee of Thirty-Three submits a proposed constitutional amendment protecting slavery in all areas where it already existed. The proposed measure was not enough to stem the tide of seceding states. After ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:41 EST from rss

Subject: Dodge co-founder dies

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John Dodge, who with his brother Horace co-founded the Dodge Brothers Company, which was once America’s third-largest automaker and later became part of Chrysler, dies at the age of 55. John Francis Dodge was born on October 25, 1864, while his brother Horace Elgin Dodge arrived four years later, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:49 EST from rss

Subject: Continental Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris

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On this day in 1784, the Continental Congress ratifies the Second Treaty of Paris, ending the War for Independence. In the document, which was known as the Second Treaty of Paris because the Treaty of Paris was also the name of the agreement that had ended the Seven Years’ War in 1763, Britain ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:54 EST from rss

Subject: Roosevelt and Churchill begin Casablanca Conference

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On this day, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt meet in Casablanca, Morocco, along with the Combined Chiefs of Staff, to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war. This meeting marked the first time an American president left American soil during ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:05 EST from rss

Subject: Anglo-American Combined Chiefs of Staff established

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On this day, the United States and Great Britain agree to have the British Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. Joint Chiefs work together, either through meetings or representatives, to advise the leaders of both nations on military policy during the war. During the Arcadia Conference, which began on ...

[#] Tue Mar 15 2011 11:55:41 EDT from rss

Subject: Sully Sullenberger performs Miracle on the Hudson

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On this day in 2009, a potential disaster turned into a heroic display of skill and composure when Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III safely landed the plane he was piloting on New York City’s Hudson River after a bird strike caused its engines to fail. David Paterson, governor of New York at ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 12:07:38 EDT from rss

Subject: Biafra surrenders to Nigeria

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The Republic of Biafra, a breakaway state of eastern Nigeria, surrenders to Nigeria after three years of costly fighting. In 1960, Nigeria gained independence from Britain. Six years later, the Muslim Hausas in northern Nigeria began massacring the Christian Igbos in the region, prompting tens of ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:13:53 EDT from rss

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On January 15, 1972, “American Pie,”, an epic poem in musical form that has long been etched in the American popular consciousness, hits #1 on the Billboard charts. The story of Don McLean’s magnum opus begins almost 13 years before its release, on a date with significance well-known to any ...

[#] Mon Mar 15 2010 09:40:29 EDT from rss

Subject: New Connecticut (Vermont) declares independence

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Having recognized the need for their territory to assert its independence from both Britain and New York and remove themselves from the war they were waging against each other, a convention of future Vermonters assembles in Westminster and declares independence from the crown of Great Britain and ...

[#] Tue Mar 02 2010 10:34:19 EST from rss

Subject: First appearance of the Democratic donkey

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On January 14, 1870, the first recorded use of a donkey to represent the Democratic Party appears in Harper’s Weekly. Drawn by political illustrator Thomas Nast, the cartoon is entitled “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion.” The jackass (donkey) is tagged “Copperhead Papers,” referring to the ...

[#] Tue Mar 02 2010 10:29:07 EST from rss

Subject: Elizabeth crowned queen of England

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Two months after the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary I of England, Elizabeth Tudor, the 25-year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, is crowned Queen Elizabeth I at Westminster Abbey in London. The two half-sisters, both daughters of Henry VIII, had a stormy relationship during Mary’s ...

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

Subject: Qaddafi becomes premier of Libya

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Muammar al-Qaddafi, the young Libyan army captain who deposed King Idris in September 1969, is proclaimed premier of Libya by the so-called General People’s Congress. Born in a tent in the Libyan desert, Qaddafi was the son of a Bedouin farmer. He attended university and the Libyan military academy ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:45 EST from rss

Subject: Martin Luther King Jr. born

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On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister. King received a doctorate degree in theology and in 1955 helped organized the first major protest of the African-American civil rights movement: the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott. Influenced ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:27 EST from rss

Subject: Packers face Chiefs in first Super Bowl

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On this day in 1967, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever world championship game of American football. In the mid-1960s, the intense competition for players and fans between the National Football League (NFL) and the upstart American ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:30 EST from rss

Subject: Rebel leaders are murdered in failed coup in Berlin

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A coup launched in Berlin by a group of radical socialist revolutionaries is brutally suppressed by right-wing paramilitary units from January 10 to January 15, 1919; the group’s leaders, Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, are murdered. Germany’s long, ultimately losing struggle on the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:17 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon halts military action against North Vietnam

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Citing “progress” in the Paris peace negotiations between National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam, President Richard Nixon halts the most concentrated bombing of the war, as well as mining, shelling, and all other offensive action against North Vietnam. The ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:18 EST from rss

Subject: Kennedy says U.S. troops are not fighting

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Asked at a news conference if U.S. troops are fighting in Vietnam, President Kennedy answers “No.” He was technically correct, but U.S. soldiers were serving as combat advisers with the South Vietnamese army, and U.S. pilots were flying missions with the South Vietnamese Air Force. While acting in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:37 EST from rss

Subject: Packers beat Chiefs in first Super Bowl

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On January 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) smash the American Football League (AFL)’s Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, in the first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship, later known as Super Bowl I, at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Founded in 1960 as a rival to the ...

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