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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:15 EST from rss

Subject: Eisenhower warns of military-industrial complex

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On this day in 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower ends his presidential term by warning the nation about the increasing power of the military-industrial complex. His remarks, issued during a televised farewell address to the American people, were particularly significant since Ike had famously served the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:14 EST from rss

Subject: NBC Television greenlights The Monkees

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The inspiration came from the Beatles, the financing came from Screen Gems, the music came from Don Kirshner and the stars came from an exhaustive audition process that began with this ad in Daily Variety in September 1965: Madness!! Auditions For Acting Roles in New TV Series Running Parts for 4 ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:34 EST from rss

Subject: Anne Bronte is born

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On this day in 1820, Anne Bronte, the youngest of the six Bronte children, is born in Yorkshire, England. Their mother died when Anne was still an infant, and the children were left largely to their own devices in the bleak parsonage in Haworth, a remote village in Yorkshire, where their father was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:14 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. Supreme Court decides Universal v. Sony, as VCR usage takes off

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Eight years after it began, the court battle over the legality of the video cassette recorder (VCR) and its allegedly detrimental effect on the motion-picture industry comes to an end with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, issued on this day in 1984, in Universal vs. Sony. The case marked the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:46 EST from rss

Subject: Earthquake rocks Los Angeles

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On this day in 1994, an earthquake rocks Los Angeles, California, killing 54 people and causing billions of dollars in damages. The Northridge quake (named after the San Fernando Valley community near the epicenter) was one of the most damaging in U.S. history. It was 4:31 a.m. when the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:40 EST from rss

Subject: The Great Brinks Robbery

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A team of 11 thieves, in a precisely timed and choreographed strike, steals more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. The Great Brinks Robbery, as it quickly became known, was the almost perfect crime. Only days before the statute of limitations was set to ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:52 EST from rss

Subject: Eisenhower warns of the

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In his farewell address to the nation, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warns the American people to keep a careful eye on what he calls the “military-industrial complex” that has developed in the post-World War II years. A fiscal conservative, Eisenhower had been concerned about the growing size ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:36 EST from rss

Subject: Sherman

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On this day in 1865, Union General William T. Sherman’s army is rained in at Savannah, Georgia, as it waits to begin marching into the Carolinas. In the fall of 1864, Sherman and his army marched across Georgia and destroyed nearly everything in their path. Sherman reasoned that the war would end ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:33 EST from rss

Subject: Corvette unveiled at GM Motorama

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On this day in 1953, a prototype Chevrolet Corvette sports car makes its debut at General Motors’ (GM) Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The Corvette, named for a fast type of naval warship, would eventually become an iconic American muscle car and remains in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:09 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina

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Relying upon strategic creativity, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan and a mixed Patriot force rout British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton and a group of Redcoats and Loyalists at the Battle of Cowpens on this day in 1781. Commander in chief of the Southern Army, Major General Nathaniel Greene ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:47 EST from rss

Subject: Winston Churchill hears speech on the tragedy of war

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Winston Churchill, beginning his service as a battalion commander on the Western Front, attends a lecture on the Battle of Loos given by his friend, Colonel Tom Holland, in the Belgian town of Hazebrouck. The Battle of Loos, which took place in September 1915, resulted in devastating casualties ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:00 EST from rss

Subject: Allies make their move on Cassino, Italy

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On this day, Operation Panther, the Allied invasion of Cassino, in central Italy, is launched. The Italian Campaign had been underway for more than six months. Beginning with the invasion of Sicily, the Allies had been fighting their way up the Italian peninsula against German resistance–the ...

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

Subject: Boston thieves pull off historic Brink's robbery

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On this day in 1950, 11 men steal more than $2 million from the Brink's 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 ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:14:02 EDT from rss

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Barry Manilow’s scores his first #1 single with “Mandy” on January 18, 1975. He would go on to sell more than 75 millions records over the course of his career. At the height of Barry Manilow’s popularity, none other than Frank Sinatra himself said of Manilow, “He’s next.” Yet even in his heyday, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:51 EST from rss

Subject: Scott reaches the South Pole

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After a two-month ordeal, the expedition of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole only to find that Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, had preceded them by just over a month. Disappointed, the exhausted explorers prepared for a long and difficult journey back to their ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:39 EST from rss

Subject: Cook discovers Hawaii

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On January 18, 1778, the English explorer Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands when he sails past the island of Oahu. Two days later, he landed at Waimea on the island of Kauai and named the island group the Sandwich Islands, in honor of John Montague, who ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:26 EST from rss

Subject: GM auctions off historic cars

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January 18, 2009, marks the final day of a weeklong auction in which auto giant General Motors (GM) sells off historic cars from its Heritage Collection. GM sold around 200 vehicles at the Scottsdale, Arizona, auction, including a 1996 Buick Blackhawk concept car for $522,500, a 1969 Chevrolet ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:33 EST from rss

Subject: Post-World War I peace conference begins in Paris

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On this day in Paris, France, some of the most powerful people in the world meet to begin the long, complicated negotiations that would officially mark the end of the First World War. Leaders of the victorious Allied powers–France, Great Britain, the United States and Italy–would make most of the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:38:57 EST from rss

Subject: Germans resume deportations from Warsaw to Treblinka

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On this day, the deportation of Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to the concentration camp at Treblinka is resumed—but not without much bloodshed and resistance along the way. On July 18, 1942, Heinrich Himmler promoted Auschwitz camp commandant Rudolf Hess to SS major. He also ordered that the Warsaw ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:46 EST from rss

Subject: McGovern begins his presidential campaign

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In a televised speech, Senator George S. McGovern (D-South Dakota) begins his antiwar campaign for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination by vowing to bring home all U.S. soldiers from Vietnam if he is elected. McGovern won his party’s nomination, but was defeated in the general election by ...

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