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

Subject: China and Soviet Union recognize Democratic Republic of Vietnam

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People’s Republic of China formally recognizes the communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam and agrees to furnish it military assistance; the Soviet Union extended diplomatic recognition to Hanoi on January 30. China and the Soviet Union provided massive military and economic aid to North Vietnam, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:26 EST from rss

Subject: NHL is integrated

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On January 18, 1958, hockey player Willie O’Ree of the Boston Bruins takes to the ice for a game against the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first black to play in the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in 1935 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, O’Ree was the son of a civil engineer, in one of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:37 EST from rss

Subject: Wilson attends Paris Peace Conference

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On this day in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson attends the Paris Peace Conference that would formally end World War I and lay the groundwork for the formation of the League of Nations. Wilson envisioned a future in which the international community could preempt another conflict as devastating as ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:10 EST from rss

Subject: Jefferson requests funding for Lewis and Clark expedition

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On this day in 1803, Thomas Jefferson requests funding from Congress to finance the Lewis and Clark expedition. Jefferson officially asked for $2,500 in funding from Congress, though some sources indicate the expedition ultimately cost closer to $50,000. Meriwether Lewis was joined by his friend ...

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

Subject: Jefferson requests funds for Lewis and Clark

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Determined to begin the American exploration of the vast mysterious regions of the Far West, President Thomas Jefferson sends a special confidential message to Congress asking for money to fund the journey of Lewis and Clark. Jefferson had been trying to mount a western expedition of exploration ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:24 EST from rss

Subject: A.A. Milne is born

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On this day in 1882, A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, is born. The youngest of three sons born to schoolteacher parents, Milne taught himself to read at age two. He began writing humorous pieces as a schoolboy and continued to do so at Cambridge, where he edited the undergraduate paper. In ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:01 EST from rss

Subject: Coen brothers release debut film, Blood Simple

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The hard-boiled, often gruesome black comedy Blood Simple, the debut offering from the Minnesota-born brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, premieres on this day in 1985. The film told the story of Julian Marty (played by Dan Hedaya), a bar owner who hires a private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to follow ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:24 EST from rss

Subject: Heavy rain leads to landslides in Southern California

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On this day in 1969, a spate of heavy rain begins in Southern California that results in a tragic series of landslides and floods that kills nearly 100 people. This was the worst weather-related disaster in California in the 20th century. Although January typically features relatively high ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:00 EST from rss

Subject: Barry arrested on drug charges

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At the end of a joint sting operation by FBI agents and District of Columbia police, Mayor Marion Barry is arrested and charged with drug possession and the use of crack, a crystalline form of cocaine. At the Vista International Hotel in downtown Washington, Barry was caught smoking the substance ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:56 EST from rss

Subject: United States walks out of World Court case

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For the first time since joining the World Court in 1946, the United States walks out of a case. The case that caused the dramatic walkout concerned U.S. paramilitary activities against the Nicaraguan government. For the Reagan administration, efforts to undermine the Sandinista government in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:45 EST from rss

Subject: John Tyler dies

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On this day in 1862, former U.S. President andConfederate congressman-elect John Tyler dies at age 71 in Richmond, Virginia. Tyler, whowasborn in Virginia in 1790, served asa U.S. congressman and as governor of his home state before winning election to the U.S. Senate. stateduring the 1830s, when ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:12 EST from rss

Subject: Georgia

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On the evening of January 18, 1776, the Council of Safety in Savannah, Georgia, issues an arrest warrant for the colony’s royal governor, James Wright. Patriots led by Major Joseph Habersham of the Provincial Congress then took Wright into custody and placed him under house arrest. Wright ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:13 EST from rss

Subject: Peace conference opens in Paris

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On this day in Paris, France, in the sumptuous Salle d’Horloge on the Quai d’Orsay, delegates convene for the official opening of the peace conference that will end the Great War. For Germany, already laid low in defeat, opening the peace conference on January 18 was an affront to national pride. ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 06:37:57 EDT from rss

Subject: Fleetwood Mac reunite to play

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On this day in 1993, the band Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at the recently elected U.S. President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural gala. Fleetwood Mac had faced much intra-band squabbling since their 1970s heyday, why they released one of the biggest albums of all time—Rumours—and a string of ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:35 EST from rss

Subject: Wilkes claims portion of Antarctica for U.S.

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During an exploring expedition, Captain Charles Wilkes sights the coast of eastern Antarctica and claims it for the United States. Wilkes’ group had set out in 1838, sailing around South America to the South Pacific and then to Antarctica, where they explored a 1,500-mile stretch of the eastern ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:04 EST from rss

Subject: Indira Gandhi becomes Indian prime minister

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Following the death of Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi becomes head of the Congress Party and thus prime minister of India. She was India’s first female head of government and by the time of her assassination in 1984 was one of its most controversial. Gandhi was the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:14 EST from rss

Subject: First air raid on Britain

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During World War I, Britain suffers its first casualties from an air attack when two German zeppelins drop bombs on Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn on the eastern coast of England. The zeppelin, a motor-driven rigid airship, was developed by German inventor Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin in 1900. ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:10 EST from rss

Subject: Butcher of Lyons arrested in Bolivia

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Klaus Barbie, the Nazi Gestapo chief of Lyons, France, during the German occupation, is arrested in Bolivia for his crimes against humanity four decades earlier. As chief of Nazi Germany’s secret police in occupied France, Barbie sent thousands of French Jews and French Resistance members to their ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:26 EST from rss

Subject: Edgar Allan Poe is born

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On this day in 1809, poet, author and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts. By the time he was three years old, both of Poe’s parents had died, leaving him in the care of his godfather, John Allan, a wealthy tobacco merchant. After attending school in England, Poe ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:52 EST from rss

Subject: Operation McLain is launched

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“Sky Soldiers” from the 173rd Airborne Brigade begin Operation McLain with a reconnaissance-in-force operation in the Central Highlands. The purpose of this operation was to find and destroy the communist base camps in the area in order to promote better security for the province. The operation ...

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