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[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:48:41 EDT from rss

Subject: First Russian Revolution begins

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In Russia, the revolution of 1905 begins when czarist troops open fire on a peaceful group of workers marching to the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to petition their grievances to Czar Nicholas II. Some 500 protestors were massacred on “Bloody Sunday,” setting off months of protest and disorder ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:14 EST from rss

Subject: Sakharov arrested in Moscow

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In Moscow, Andrei Dmitriyevich Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who helped build the USSR’s first hydrogen bomb, is arrested after criticizing the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. He was subsequently stripped of his numerous scientific honors and banished to remote Gorky. Born in Moscow ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:41 EST from rss

Subject: Queen Victoria dies

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The death of Queen Victoria on January 22, 1901, ends an era in which most of her British subjects know no other monarch. Her 63-year reign, the longest in British history, saw the growth of an empire on which the sun never set. Victoria restored dignity to the English monarchy and ensured its ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:01 EST from rss

Subject: British colonists reach New Zealand

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Under the leadership of British statesman Edward G. Wakefield, the first British colonists to New Zealand arrive at Port Nicholson on Auckland Island. In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman became the first European to discover the South Pacific island group that later became known as New Zealand. ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:47 EST from rss

Subject: Supreme Court legalizes abortion

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In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Roe v. Wade that women, as part of their constitutional right to privacy, can terminate a pregnancy during its first two trimesters. Only during the last trimester, when the fetus can survive outside the womb, would states be permitted to ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:19 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. Joint Chiefs foresee larger U.S. commitment

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The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff inform Defense Secretary Robert McNamara that they “are wholly in favor of executing the covert actions against North Vietnam.” President Johnson had recently approved Oplan 34A, provocative operations to be conducted by South Vietnamese forces (supported by the ...

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

Subject: Operations Jeb Stuart and Pershing II kick off

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Operating in the two northernmost military regions, the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) launches two major operations. In the first operation, conducted by the 1st Cavalry Division in Quang Tri and Thua Thien provinces, south of the Demilitarized Zone, “First Team” units launched Operation Jeb ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:31 EST from rss

Subject: Foreman beats Frazier to win heavyweight title in Jamaica

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On January 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica, the 24-year-old George Foreman pulls off a stunning upset, defeating reigning champion Joe Frazier in four minutes and 35 seconds to win the heavyweight championship of the world. At 6’3″ and 217 1/2 pounds, four inches taller and 3 1/2 pounds heavier than ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:34 EST from rss

Subject: Lyndon Baines Johnson dies in Texas

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On this day in 1973, former President Lyndon Baines Johnson dies in Johnson City, Texas, at the age of 64. After leaving the White House in 1968, L.B.J. returned to his beloved home state, Texas, with his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, and immersed himself in the activity dearest to him: ranching. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:28 EST from rss

Subject: Chief Dull Knife makes last fight for freedom

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On this day, pursuing American soldiers badly beat Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife and his people as they make a desperate bid for freedom. In doing so, the soldiers effectively crushed the so-called Dull Knife Outbreak. A leading chief of the Northern Cheyenne, Dull Knife (sometimes called Morning Star) ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:42:57 EST from rss

Subject: Final portrait of John and Yoko is on the cover of Rolling Stone

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After the shocking assassination of John Lennon, thousands of mourners gathered spontaneously outside his and Yoko Ono’s Central Park West apartment building, the Dakota. Tens of thousands more gathered six days later in New York, Liverpool and other world cities to honor Yoko’s request for a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:17 EST from rss

Subject: George Gordon, Lord Byron, is born

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Romantic poet George Gordon, Lord Byron, is born this day in Aberdeen, Scotland. Despite his later fortune and title, Byron grew up in poverty and was burdened by a clubfoot. At age 10, he inherited his great uncle’s title and became Lord Byron. He attended Harrow, then Trinity College, Cambridge, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:45 EST from rss

Subject: Heath Ledger dies of accidental prescription drug overdose

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On this day in 2008, Hollywood mourns a talented young actor’s life cut tragically short, after the body of 28-year-old Heath Ledger is found by his masseuse and housekeeper on the floor of his rented apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Best known for his Academy Award-nominated ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:06 EST from rss

Subject: Plane crashes at Nigerian airport

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On this day in 1973, a plane returning Muslim pilgrims from Mecca crashes in Kano, Nigeria, killing 176 people. It was the deadliest air disaster of its time. The Royal Jordanian Boeing 707-300 was chartered by Nigeria Airways to take Muslims in Nigeria on a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:20 EST from rss

Subject: Roe v. Wade

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Roe v. Wade was a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s legal right to an abortion. The Court ruled, in a 7-2 decision, that a woman’s right to choose an abortion was protected by the privacy rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:53 EST from rss

Subject: Reagan links arms talks with Soviets to oppression in Poland

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In a revival of the diplomacy “linkages” that were made famous by Henry Kissinger during the Nixon years, the administration of President Ronald Reagan announces that further progress on arms talks will be linked to a reduction of Soviet oppression in Poland. The U.S. ploy was but one more piece of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:43 EST from rss

Subject: John McCausland dies

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On this day in 1927, Confederate General John A. McCausland dies at age 90 inWest Virginia. He lived for over 50 years after the war and remained an unreconstructed Rebel at the time of his death. Nicknamed “Tiger John,” McCausland was born to Irish immigrants in 1836 in St. Louis, Missouri,and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:17 EST from rss

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On this day in 2009, “Gran Torino,” a movie named for the 1972 Ford muscle car, opens in Australia and New Zealand. The critically acclaimed film, which starred Clint Eastwood as a retired Detroit autoworker, had opened across the U.S. earlier that month and later premiered around the rest of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:31 EST from rss

Subject: Claudius Smith,

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Famed Tory outlaw Claudius Smith meets his end on the gallows on this day in 1779 in Goshen, New York. In the wake of his death, Patriot civilians hope for relief from guerilla warfare in upstate New York. Born in Brookhaven, New York, in 1736, Smith moved with his family to Orange County, New ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:18 EST from rss

Subject: Brits and Australians take Tobruk

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On this day, British and Commonwealth forces enter the port at Tobruk, in Libya, and tens of thousands of Italian occupiers are taken prisoner. Italy declared war on Great Britain in June 1940. At that time, Gen. Rodolfo Graziani had almost 10 times the number of men in Libya than the British ...

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