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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:20 EST from rss

Subject: Khrushchev declares that Eisenhower is

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In a long interview with visiting American attorney Marshall MacDuffie, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev adopts a friendly attitude toward the United States and indicates that he believes President Dwight Eisenhower is sincere in his desire for peace. The interview was the precursor to Khrushchev’s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:00 EST from rss

Subject: First national memorial is ordered by Congress

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On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress authorizes the first national Revolutionary War memorial in honor of Brigadier General Richard Montgomery, who had been killed during an assault on Quebec on December 31, 1775. Montgomery, along with Benedict Arnold, led a two-pronged invasion of ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:41 EST from rss

Subject: Formal commission is established on the League of Nations

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On January 25, 1919, in Paris, delegates to the peace conference formally approve the establishment of a commission on the League of Nations. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson insisted on chairing the commission—for him, the establishment of the League lay squarely at the center of the peace ...

[#] Wed Apr 13 2011 13:37:37 EDT from rss

Subject: Oprah Winfrey takes James Frey to task for lying

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On this day in 2006, during a live broadcast of her daytime TV talk show, Oprah Winfrey confronts author James Frey about fabrications in “A Million Little Pieces,” his memoir about addiction and recovery, which she chose as an Oprah’s Book Club selection in September 2005. “A Million Little ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:22:09 EDT from rss

Subject: Republic of India born

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On January 26, 1950, the Indian constitution takes effect, making the Republic of India the most populous democracy in the world. Mohandas Gandhi struggled through decades of passive resistance before Britain finally accepted Indian independence. Self-rule had been promised during World War II, but ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 08:14:07 EDT from rss

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On January 26, 1962, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker finally ends its record-setting run at #1. Back in 1958, Ernest “Chubby” Evans was a high-school student and part-time chicken-plucker about to be touched by the hand of fate, in the person of Dick Clark. For his industry holiday card that year, ...

[#] Tue Mar 02 2010 11:00:26 EST from rss

Subject: Tennessee passes nation

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The first Prohibition law in the history of the United States is passed in Tennessee, making it a misdemeanor to sell alcoholic beverages in taverns and stores. The bill stated that all persons convicted of retailing “spirituous liquors” would be fined at the “discretion of the court” and that the ...

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

Subject: Pinzon discovers Brazil

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Spanish explorer Vicente Yanez Pinzon, who had commanded the Nina during Christopher Columbus’ first expedition to the New World, reaches the northeastern coast of Brazil during a voyage under his command. Pinzon’s journey produced the first recorded account of a European explorer sighting the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:15 EST from rss

Subject: Franco captures Barcelona

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During the Spanish Civil War, Barcelona, the Republican capital of Spain, falls to the Nationalist forces of General Francisco Franco. In 1931, King Alfonso XIII approved elections to decide the government of Spain, and voters overwhelmingly chose to abolish the monarchy in favor of a liberal ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:35:14 EST from rss

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On this day in 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” a television comedy about two good-old-boy cousins in the rural South and their souped-up 1969 Dodge Charger known as the General Lee, debuts on CBS. The show, which originally aired for seven seasons, centered around cousins Bo Duke (John Schneider) and ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:05 EST from rss

Subject: Australia Day

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On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia. After overcoming a period of hardship, the fledgling colony began to celebrate the anniversary of this date with great fanfare. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:57 EST from rss

Subject: POW spends 2,000th day in captivity

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U.S. Navy Lt. Everett Alvarez Jr. spends his 2,000th day in captivity in Southeast Asia. First taken prisoner when his plane was shot down on August 5, 1964, he became the longest-held POW in U.S. history. Alvarez was downed over Hon Gai during the first bombing raids against North Vietnam in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:43 EST from rss

Subject: North Vietnam rejects U.S. peace proposal

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Radio Hanoi announces North Vietnam’s rejection of the latest U.S. peace proposal. Revealing more details of the secret Paris peace talks, Henry Kissinger responds publicly, condemning the North Vietnamese announcement and criticizing Hanoi’s nine-point counter-proposal, which had been submitted ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:36:52 EST from rss

Subject: Bears beat Patriots in Super Bowl XX

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On January 26, 1986, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Chicago Bears score a Super Bowl record number of points to defeat the New England Patriots, 46-10, and win their first championship since 1963. Led by Coach Mike Ditka, a tight end for the Bears during their last Super Bowl win, Chicago won 17 of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:21 EST from rss

Subject: Kennedy appoints first female presidential physician

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On this day in 1961, just about a week after his inauguration, President John F. Kennedy appoints Janet Travell, 59, as his personal physician, making her the first woman in history to hold the post. Dr. Travell possessed an impressive resume that included graduating with honors from Wellesley ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:30:53 EST from rss

Subject: Bush appoints Rice as secretary of state

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On this day in 2005, President George W. Bush appoints Condoleezza Rice to the post of secretary of state, making her the highest ranking African-American woman ever to serve in a presidential cabinet. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Rice’s credentials included advanced degrees in political ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:48 EST from rss

Subject: Pinkertons maim Frank and Jesse James

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Mistakenly believing Frank and Jesse James are hiding out at their family home, a gang of men–likely led by Pinkerton detectives–mount a raid that leaves the outlaws’ mother permanently maimed and their nine-year-old half-brother dead. The Chicago-based Pinkerton Detective Agency had been pursuing ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:47 EST from rss

Subject: Sam Goldwyn buys rights to The Wizard of Oz

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One of America’s best-loved movie projects gets underway on this day in 1934, when the producer Samuel Goldwyn buys the film rights to the children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Published in 1900, Baum’s novel told the story of Dorothy, a young girl on a Kansas farm who is ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:33 EST from rss

Subject: Cyclone Wanda causes flooding in Australia

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On this day in 1974, the last remnants of Cyclone Wanda cause severe flooding in Queensland, Australia, that results in the deaths of 16 people and leaves thousands homeless. The year 1973 had been an exceptionally wet one in Australia, and the beginning of the new year brought much of the same. ...

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

Subject: So-called Mad Butcher terrorizes Cleveland

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Thedismembered body of Florence Polillo is found in a basket and several burlap sacks in Cleveland. The 42-year-old woman was the third victim in 18 months to be found dismembered with precision. It sparked a panic in Cleveland,where the unknown murderer was dubbedthe “Mad Butcher.” In June 1936, ...

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