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[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:09 EST from rss

Subject: Netherlands refuses to extradite Kaiser Wilhelm to the Allies

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On this day in 1920, the Dutch government refuses demands by the Allies for the extradition of Wilhelm II, the former kaiser of Germany, who has been living in exile in the Netherlands since November 1918. By early November 1918, things were looking dismal for the Central Powers on all fronts of ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:36 EST from rss

Subject: Lindbergh to Congress: Negotiate with Hitler

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On this day, Charles A. Lindbergh, a national hero since his nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic, testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Lend-Lease policy-and suggests that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Hitler. Lindbergh was born in 1902 in Detroit. His ...

[#] Mon Oct 18 2010 08:39:31 EDT from rss

Subject: Winston Churchill dies

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, dies in London at the age of 90. Born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, Churchill joined the British Fourth Hussars upon his father’s death in 1895. During the next five ...

[#] Mon Aug 30 2010 12:43:40 EDT from rss

Subject: Walt Disney announces $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar

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By the end of 2005, Pixar had become a giant in the world of movie animation, and on this day in 2006, the company that brought the world the blockbuster hits Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles (2004) was sold to the Walt Disney ...

[#] Tue Mar 16 2010 11:16:19 EDT from rss

Subject: Aretha Franklin

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"Respect," "Chain of Fools," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" are the passionate, gospel-charged classics with which Aretha Franklin is most closely associated. They were enormous, career-defining hits that earned her universal and eternal acclaim as the Queen of Soul, among other, ...

[#] Tue Mar 02 2010 10:35:10 EST from rss

Subject: Japanese soldier found hiding on Guam

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After 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discover Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War II had ended. Guam, a 200-square-mile island in the western Pacific, became a U.S. possession in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. In 1941, the Japanese ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:40 EST from rss

Subject: First canned beer goes on sale

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Canned beer makes its debut on this day in 1935. In partnership with the American Can Company, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. Ninety-one percent of the drinkers approved ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:41:08 EST from rss

Subject: Von Paulus to Hitler: Let us surrender!

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On this day, German Gen. Friedrich von Paulus, commander in chief of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad, urgently requests permission from Adolf Hitler to surrender his position there, but Hitler refuses. The Battle of Stalingrad began in the summer of 1942, as German forces assaulted the city, a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:14 EST from rss

Subject: Truce is expected in Laos and Cambodia

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National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger announces that a truce is expected in Laos and Cambodia. Kissinger had been meeting privately with Le Duc Tho and other North Vietnamese and Viet Cong representatives in Paris since early January. They had worked out a peace agreement that was initialled in ...

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

Subject: Operation Masher/White Wing/Thang Phong II launched

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In the largest search-and-destroy operation to date–Operation Masher/White Wing/Thang Phong II–the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), South Vietnamese, and Korean forces ssweep through Binh Dinh Province in the central lowlands along the coast. The purpose of the operation was to drive the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:17 EST from rss

Subject: Mike Bossy scores 50th goal in 50 NHL games

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On January 24, 1981, Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders scores his 50th goal in the first 50 games of the season, becoming only the second player in National Hockey League (NHL) history to achieve this mark. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Bossy made his NHL debut with the Islanders in 1977, scoring a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:43 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon honors Eugene Ormandy

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On this day in 1970, President Richard Nixon travels to Philadelphia to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Eugene Ormandy, the world-renowned conductor and music director of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. In keeping with tradition, the orchestra struck up Hail to the Chief upon ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:02 EST from rss

Subject: Gold discovered at Sutter

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A millwright named James Marshall discovers gold along the banks of Sutter’s Creek in California, forever changing the course of history in the American West. A tributary to the South Fork of the American River in the Sacramento Valley east of San Francisco, Sutter’s Creek was named for a Swiss ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:59 EST from rss

Subject: Edith Wharton is born

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On this day in 1862, Edith Wharton is born to an old and wealthy New York family. She grew up in an opulent world where pre-Civil War society tried to keep the nouveau riche at bay. Wharton, expected to become a typical wife, mother, and hostess, instead showed intellectual talent and began to ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:23 EST from rss

Subject: Chile suffers killer quake

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An 8.3-magnitude earthquake centered in south central Chile leaves 50,000 people dead and 60,000 injured on this day in 1939. The disaster came just 33 years after another terrible quake in Chile killed tens of thousands. Earthquakes in Chile are relatively common as virtually the entire country ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:20 EST from rss

Subject: Emmett Till murderers make magazine confession

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On January 24, 1956, Look magazine publishes the confessions of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, two white men from Mississippi who were acquitted in the 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Louis Till, an African-American teenager from Chicago. In the Look article, titled “The Shocking Story of Approved ...

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

Subject: Confederate Congress to resume prisoner exchanges

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On this day in 1865, the Confederate Congress agrees to continue prisoner exchanges, opening a process that had operated only sporadically for three years. In the first year of the Civil War, prisoner exchanges were conducted primarily between field generals on an ad hoc basis. The Union was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:44 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. announces military equipment sales to China

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In an action obviously designed as another in a series of very strong reactions to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, U.S. officials announce that America is ready to sell military equipment (excluding weapons) to communist China. The surprise statement was part of the U.S. effort to build a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:04 EST from rss

Subject: Albert Erskine, Studebaker chief, is born

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On this day in 1871, Albert Russell Erskine, who headed up the pioneering American automaker Studebaker before it went bankrupt during the Great Depression, is born in Huntsville, Alabama. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Erskine worked for such companies as American Cotton and Underwood ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:33 EST from rss

Subject: Light Horse and Swamp Fox raid Georgetown, South Carolina

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On this day in 1781, Patriot commanders Lieutenant Colonel Light Horse Henry Lee and Brigadier General Francis Swamp Fox Marion of the South Carolina militia combine forces and conduct a raid on Georgetown, South Carolina, which is defended by 200 British soldiers. Marion won fame and the Swamp ...

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