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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:20 EST from rss

Subject: Eisenhower cautions successor about Laos

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Outgoing President Dwight D. Eisenhower cautions incoming President John F. Kennedy that Laos is “the key to the entire area of Southeast Asia,” and might even require the direct intervention of U.S. combat troops. Fearing that the fall of Laos to the communist Pathet Lao forces might have a domino ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:32 EST from rss

Subject: Notre Dame beats UCLA to end 88-game winning streak

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On January 19, 1974, the University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team defeats the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) 71-70, in South Bend, Indiana, snapping UCLA’s record-setting 88-game winning streak. The Irish entered the game undefeated for the season and ranked No. 2 in the ...

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

Subject: Ford pardons Tokyo Rose

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On this day in 1977, President Gerald R. Ford pardons Tokyo Rose. Although the nickname originally referred to several Japanese women who broadcast Axis propaganda over the radio to Allied troops during World War II, it eventually became synonymous with a Japanese-American woman named Iva Toguri. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:35 EST from rss

Subject: Mexican rebels kill Charles Bent

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Angered by the abusive behavior of American soldiers occupying the city, Mexicans in Taos strike back by murdering the American-born New Mexican governor Charles Bent. The eldest of four brothers who all became prominent frontiersmen, Charles Bent began his involvement with the Wild West in 1822, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:18:36 EST from rss

Subject: Patricia Highsmith is born

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On this day, crime novelist Patricia Highsmith is born in Forth Worth, Texas. Highsmith, who wrote some 20 novels and seven short story collections, examined the darkest sides of human nature and frequently portrayed a world chillingly free of morality or consequences. Highsmith had an unhappy ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:36 EST from rss

Subject: Production begins on Toy Story

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On this day in 1993, production begins on Toy Story, the first full-length feature film created by the pioneering Pixar Animation Studios. Originally a branch of the filmmaker George Lucas’s visual effects company, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), Pixar first put itself on the map with special ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:14 EST from rss

Subject: Fog leads to deadly collision in North Sea

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Heavy fog in the North Sea causes the collision of two steamers and the death of 357 people on this day in 1883. The Cimbria was a 330-foot, 3,000-ton steamship built in 1867 and operated by the Hamburg-Amerika Line. It left Hamburg, Germany, on January 18 with 302 passengers and 120 crew members. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:56 EST from rss

Subject: Man charged in California cyberstalking case

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A mere three weeks after California passed a law against cyberstalking, Gary Dellapenta is charged with using the Internet to solicit the rape of a woman who had rejected his advances. Dellapenta terrorized a North Hollywood woman by placing ads in her name that claimed she had rape fantasies and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:34 EST from rss

Subject: Communist China recognizes North Vietnam

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The People’s Republic of China bestows diplomatic recognition upon the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Communist China’s official recognition of Ho Chi Minh’s communist regime resulted in much needed financial and military assistance in Ho’s battle against the French in Vietnam, and also pushed the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:24 EST from rss

Subject: Robert E. Lee born

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Confederate General Robert Edward Lee is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Lee commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during most of the Civil War and his brilliant battlefield leadership earned him a reputation as one of the greatest military leaders in history as he consistently defeated ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:28 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Logan

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On this day in 1862, at the Battle of Logan’s Cross Roads, Union General George Thomas defeats Confederates commanded by George Crittenden in southern Kentucky. The battle, also called Mill Springs or Beech Grove, secured Union control of the region and resulted in the death of Confederate General ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:53 EST from rss

Subject: First McDonald

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On this day in 2007, Beijing, China, the capital city of the planet’s most populous nation, gets its first drive-through McDonald’s restaurant. The opening ceremony for the new two-story fast-food eatery, located next to a gas station, included traditional Chinese lion dancers and a Chinese Ronald ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:27 EST from rss

Subject: John Wilkes expelled from Parliament

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On this day in 1764, the British Parliament expels John Wilkes from its ranks for his reputedly libelous, seditious and pornographic writings. Over the next 12 years, Wilkes’ name became a byword for Parliamentary oppression both in Britain and in Britain’s North American colonies. Wilkes earned ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:15 EST from rss

Subject: British attack Italians in Africa

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On this day, British forces in East Africa, acting on information obtained by breaking the Italians’ coded messages, invade Italian-occupied Eritrea-a solid step towards victory in Africa. British Intelligence had been privy to secret Italian communiques from Africa for the past five months; every ...

[#] Thu Jan 04 2018 14:37:02 EST from rss

Subject: Donald Trump is inaugurated

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In the culmination of his extraordinary rise to power over a tumultuous election year, Donald John Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States in Washington, D.C. From the time he kicked off his presidential campaign in June 2015 at his namesake Trump Tower in New York City, ...

[#] Tue Jan 02 2018 12:43:51 EST from rss

Subject: Barack Obama is inaugurated

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On a freezing day in Washington, D.C., Barack Hussein Obama is sworn in as the 44th U.S. president. The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, Obama had become the first African American to win election to the nation’s highest office the previous November. As the junior ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:58:36 EDT from rss

Subject: FDR inaugurated to fourth term

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On January 20, 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to three terms in office, is inaugurated to his fourth term. At the height of the Great Depression, Roosevelt, then governor of New York, was elected the 32nd president of the United States. In his inaugural address in ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:39 EST from rss

Subject: Terry Waite disappears

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On this day, British negotiator Terry Waite disappears while attempting to win freedom for Western hostages held in Lebanon. Waite, special envoy of the archbishop of Canterbury, secured the release of missionaries detained in Iran after the Islamic revolution. He also extracted British hostages ...

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

Subject: John F. Kennedy inaugurated

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On January 20, 1961, on the newly renovated east front of the United States Capitol, John Fitzgerald Kennedy is inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States. It was a cold and clear day, and the nation’s capital was covered with a snowfall from the previous night. The ceremony began with ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:43 EST from rss

Subject: Hong Kong ceded to the British

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During the First Opium War, China cedes the island of Hong Kong to the British with the signing of the Chuenpi Convention, an agreement seeking an end to the first Anglo-Chinese conflict. In 1839, Britain invaded China to crush opposition to its interference in the country’s economic and political ...

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