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[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:31 EST from rss

Subject: Arafat elected leader of Palestine

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Yasser Arafat is elected president of the Palestinian National Council with 88.1 percent of the popular vote, becoming the first democratically elected leader of the Palestinian people in history. Arafat, the founder of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), originally employed guerilla ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:28 EST from rss

Subject: GM takes an interest in Oakland Motor Car Corp.

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On January 20, 1909, newly formed automaker General Motors (GM) buys into the Oakland Motor Car Corporation, which later becomes GM’s long-running Pontiac division. Oakland Motor Car was founded in 1907 in Pontiac, Michigan, by Edward Murphy, a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages. The following ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:57 EST from rss

Subject: Iran Hostage Crisis ends

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Minutes after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as the 40th president of the United States, the 52 U.S. captives held at the U.S. embassy in Teheran, Iran, are released, ending the 444-day Iran Hostage Crisis. On November 4, 1979, the crisis began when militant Iranian students, outraged that the U.S. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:46 EST from rss

Subject: The Wannsee Conference

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On this day, Nazi officials meet to discuss the details of the “Final Solution” of the “Jewish question.” In July 1941, Herman Goering, writing under instructions from Hitler, had ordered Reinhard Heydrich, SS general and Heinrich Himmler’s number-two man, to submit “as soon as possible a general ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:55 EST from rss

Subject: Goeben and Breslau battle the Allies in the Aegean

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On the morning of January 20, 1918, British and German forces clash in the Aegean Sea when the German battleships Goeben and Breslau attempt a surprise raid on Allied forces off the Dardanelle Straits. The Goeben and Breslau—the same two swift, powerful cruisers that had famously eluded capture by ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:22 EST from rss

Subject: Richard Nixon takes office

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Richard Nixon is inaugurated as president of the United States and says, “After a period of confrontation [in Vietnam], we are entering an era of negotiation.” Eight years after losing to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election, Nixon had defeated Hubert H. Humphrey for the presidency. Shortly after ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:03 EST from rss

Subject: New communist offensive anticipated

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In continued efforts to disrupt an anticipated communist offensive, a contingent of more than 10,000 South Vietnamese troops begin a sweep 45 miles northwest of Saigon to find and destroy enemy forces. There was much speculation that the North Vietnamese would launch such an offensive around the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:44 EST from rss

Subject: President Carter calls for Olympics to be moved from Moscow

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On January 20, 1980, in a letter to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and a television interview, U.S. President Jimmy Carter proposes that the 1980 Summer Olympics be moved from the planned host city, Moscow, if the Soviet Union failed to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:34 EST from rss

Subject: Franklin Delano Roosevelt is sworn in as president

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On this day in 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for the second time as president, beginning the second of four terms in the office. His first inauguration, in 1933, had been held in March, but the 20th Amendment, passed later that year, made January 20 the official inauguration ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:53 EST from rss

Subject: Ronald Reagan becomes president

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Ronald Reagan, former Western movie actor and host of television’s popular “Death Valley Days” is sworn in as the 40th president of the United States. More than any president since the Texas-born Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan’s public image was closely tied to the American West, although he was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:20 EST from rss

Subject: Robert Frost reads at JFK

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On this day, 87-year-old Robert Frost recited his poem “The Gift Outright” at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Although Frost had written a new poem for the occasion, titled “Dedication,” faint ink in his typewriter made the words difficult to read, so he recited “The Gift Outright” ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:26 EST from rss

Subject: Country star Jerry Lee Lewis rocks the Grand Ole Opry

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Years after he was known as “The Killer,”, a rock pioneer who released such rock standards as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Breathless,” Jerry Lee Lewis made a name for himself in a very different musical genre: country. And on this day in 1973, he capped off his road to country stardom with an ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:32 EST from rss

Subject: Actress Audrey Hepburn dies

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One of America’s most beloved actresses, Audrey Hepburn, dies on this day in 1993, near her home in Lausanne, Switzerland. The 63-year-old Hepburn had undergone surgery for colon cancer the previous November. The daughter of an aristocratic Dutch mother and an English businessman father, Hepburn ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:20 EST from rss

Subject: Bullfight spectators die when bleachers collapse

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On this day in 1980, bleachers at a bullring in Sincelejo, Colombia, collapse, resulting in the deaths of 222 people. The collapse at Sincelejo, the deadliest tragedy at a sporting event in Colombia’s history, was the result of overcrowding and poor construction. In addition to the 222 spectators ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:24 EST from rss

Subject: Football player-turned-murderer born

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Rae Carruth, the pro football player convicted of hiring someone to kill his pregnant girlfriend, was born on this day in Sacramento, California. On the night of November 15, 1999, Carruth, a receiver for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, and his girlfriend, Cherica Adams, 24, went to see a movie in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:33 EST from rss

Subject: Truman announces Point Four program

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In his inaugural address, President Harry S. Truman calls for a “bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped nations.” The resulting Point Four program (so-called because it was the fourth ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:15 EST from rss

Subject: Mud March begins

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On this day in 1863, Union General Ambrose Burnside’s Army of the Potomac begins an offensive against General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia that quickly bogs down as several days of heavy rain turn the roads of Virginia into a muddy quagmire. The campaign was abandoned three days later. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:11 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Millstone, New Jersey

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On this day in 1777, Brigadier General Philemon Dickinson leads 400 raw men from the New Jersey militia and 50 Pennsylvania riflemen under Captain Robert Durkee in an attack against a group of 500 British soldiers foraging for food led by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Abercromby near Van Nest’s Mills ...

[#] Fri Jan 05 2018 12:08:49 EST from rss

Subject: Women

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On the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, hundreds of thousands of people crowd into the U.S. capital for the Women’s March on Washington, a massive protest in the nation’s capital aimed largely at the Trump administration and the perceived threat it represented to reproductive, civil and ...

[#] Tue Mar 16 2010 11:16:20 EDT from rss

Subject: Arthur Godfrey

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Patsy Cline, one of the most important figures in country music history, first gains national attention with her winning appearance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts on January 21, 1957. Widely admired for her incredible voice, Cline also stood out for her trailblazing independence as a female star ...

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