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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:42:21 EST from rss

Subject: Benny Goodman brings jazz to Carnegie Hall

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Jazz has been called “America’s classical music,” a label that does more than just recognize its American origins. The label also makes the case that jazz is worthy of aesthetic consideration alongside music usually thought of as “classical.” In the current era, when programs of Duke Ellington and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:52 EST from rss

Subject: Carole Lombard killed in plane crash

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On this day in 1942, the actress Carole Lombard, famous for her roles in such screwball comedies as My Man Godfrey and To Be or Not to Be, and for her marriage to the actor Clark Gable, is killed when the TWA DC-3 plane she is traveling in crashes en route from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. She was 33. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:12 EST from rss

Subject: Avalanches bury buses in Kashmir

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Avalanches sweep two buses off the highway between Srinagar and Jammu in Kashmir, India, on this day in 1995. Two more days of avalanches in the area eventually killed more than 200 people; 5,000 others had to be rescued. January 1995 produced unusually heavy snow in the Kashmir region, an area ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:44 EST from rss

Subject: The Moon Maniac

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Albert Fish is executed at Sing Sing prison in New York. The “Moon Maniac” was one of America’s most notorious and disturbed killers. Authorities believe that Fish killed as many as 10 children and then ate their remains. Fish went to the electric chair with great anticipation, telling guards, “It ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:18 EST from rss

Subject: Soviets send troops into Azerbaijan

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In the wake of vicious fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Azerbaijan, the Soviet government sends in 11,000 troops to quell the conflict. The fighting–and the official Soviet reaction to it–was an indication of the increasing ineffectiveness of the central Soviet government in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:07 EST from rss

Subject: Crittenden Compromise is killed in Senate

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On this day in 1861, the Crittenden Compromise, the last chance to keep North and South united, dies in the U.S. Senate. Proposed by Senator John J. Crittenden of Kentucky, the compromise was a series of constitutional amendments. The amendments would continue the old Missouri Compromise provisions ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:46 EST from rss

Subject: Entertainer Bill Cosby

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On this day in 1997, comedian and TV star Bill Cosby’s 27-year-old son Ennis Cosby is murdered after he stops to fix a flat tire along California’s Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. The 405, which runs some 70 miles from Irvine to San Fernando, is known as one of the planet’s busiest and most ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:23 EST from rss

Subject: British demonstrate naval supremacy in The Moonlight Battle

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British Admiral Sir George Rodney, with 18 ships-of-the-line, engages an inferior Spanish squadron of 11 battleships commanded by Don Juan de Langara off the southwestern coast of Portugal at Cape St. Vincent, in what comes to be known as The Moonlight Battle. (Ships-of-the-line is the 18th ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:21 EST from rss

Subject: Hitler descends into his bunker

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On this day, Adolf Hitler takes to his underground bunker, where he remains for 105 days until he commits suicide. Hitler retired to his bunker after deciding to remain in Berlin for the last great siege of the war. Fifty-five feet under the chancellery (Hitler’s headquarters as chancellor), the ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:36 EST from rss

Subject: Prohibition is ratified by Congress

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The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified by Congress on this day in 1919. The movement for the prohibition of alcohol began in the early 19th century, when Americans concerned about ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:14:38 EDT from rss

Subject: The execution of Gary Gilmore

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Gary Gilmore, convicted in the double murder of an elderly couple, is shot to death by a firing squad in Utah, becoming the first person to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, in violation of the eighth ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:32 EST from rss

Subject: H-bomb lost in Spain

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On this day, a B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 jet tanker over Spain’s Mediterranean coast, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares and one in the sea. It was not the first or last accident involving American nuclear bombs. As a means of maintaining first-strike ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:51 EST from rss

Subject: Eisenhower bids farewell

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On January 17, 1961, in a nationally televised speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses the American people for the last time as president. Expressing ideas that seem prophetic in retrospect, Eisenhower offered his fears and hopes for the future, warning against the unfettered growth of the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:19 EST from rss

Subject: Americans overthrow Hawaiian monarchy

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On the Hawaiian Islands, a group of American sugar planters under Sanford Ballard Dole overthrow Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, and establish a new provincial government with Dole as president. The coup occurred with the foreknowledge of John L. Stevens, the U.S. minister to Hawaii, and ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:12 EST from rss

Subject: Boston thieves pull off historic robbery

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On this day in 1950, 11 men steal more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the perfect crime–almost–as the culprits weren’t caught until January 1956, just days before the statute of limitations for the theft expired. The robbery’s mastermind was ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:20 EST from rss

Subject: Soviets capture Warsaw

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On this day, Soviet troops liberate the Polish capital from German occupation. Warsaw was a battleground since the opening day of fighting in the European theater. Germany declared war by launching an air raid on September 1, 1939, and followed up with a siege that killed tens of thousands of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:46 EST from rss

Subject: South Vietnamese forces raid POW camp

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Led by South Vietnamese Lt. Gen. Do Cao Tri, and with U.S. air support and advisers, some 300 paratroopers raid a communist prisoner of war camp near the town of Mimot in Cambodia on information that 20 U.S. prisoners were being held there. They found the camp empty, but captured 30 enemy soldiers ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:23 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon threatens President Thieu

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President Richard Nixon warns South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu in a private letter that his refusal to sign any negotiated peace agreement would render it impossible for the United States to continue assistance to South Vietnam. Nixon’s National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger had been ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:36 EST from rss

Subject: PGA is formed

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On January 17, 1916, a group of golf professionals and several leading amateur golfers gather at the Taplow Club in New York City, in a meeting that will result in the founding of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA). The lunch meeting occurred at the invitation of Rodman Wanamaker, the son ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:48 EST from rss

Subject: Paula Jones accuses Bill Clinton of sexual harassment

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Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state clerk, files suit against President Bill Clinton in the federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas, on this day in 1994, asking for $700,000 in damages. Jones claimed that Clinton, while governor of Arkansas, sexually harassed her and then defamed her after she ...

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