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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:53 EST from rss

Subject: Operation Plan 34A commences

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U.S. and South Vietnamese naval forces initiate Operation Plan (Oplan) 34A, which calls for raids by South Vietnamese commandos, operating under American orders, against North Vietnamese coastal and island installations. Although American forces were not directly involved in the actual raids, U.S. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:10 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon announces his candidacy for president

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Richard M. Nixon announces his candidacy for the presidency. Most observers had written off Nixon’s political career eight years earlier, when he had lost to John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election. Two years after losing to Kennedy, Nixon ran for governor of California and lost in a bitter campaign ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:26 EST from rss

Subject: NHL goalie Terry Sawchuk posts 103rd shutout

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On this day in 1970, goaltender Terry Sawchuk earns his 103rd shutout, setting an NHL record for most regular-season shutouts that still stands today. Terrance Gordon Sawchuk was born December 28, 1929, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Nicknamed “Ukey” for his Ukrainian heritage, he received rookie of the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:30:52 EST from rss

Subject: Bush addresses the nation after space shuttle Columbia explodes

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On this day in 2003, after ordering the nation’s flags to fly at half-staff, President George W. Bush solemnly addresses the public via live television in the wake of the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia. Hours earlier, television crews had captured Columbia‘s tragic disintegration upon ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:39 EST from rss

Subject: Mormon president goes underground

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John Taylor, the president of the Mormon Church, goes “underground” to avoid arrest and continue resisting federal demands for reforms within the community of Latter-day Saints. A former Methodist minister, Taylor converted to Mormonism in 1836, not long after Joseph Smith founded the religion in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:36 EST from rss

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On this day in 1814, Lord Byron’s “The Corsair” is published and sells some 10,000 copies on its first day in print. The poem was one of several gloomy works he produced at a time when he was engaged in several ill-fated love affairs. Byron was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1788 and was raised in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:31 EST from rss

Subject: Official registration of Hollywood

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On this day in 1887, Harvey Wilcox officially registers Hollywood with the Los Angeles County recorder’s office. Wilcox and his wife, Daeida, had moved to Southern California four years earlier from Topeka, Kansas, where Harvey had made his fortune in real estate. They bought 160 acres of land in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:29 EST from rss

Subject: Columbia mission ends in disaster

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On this day in 2003, the space shuttle Columbia breaks up while entering the atmosphere over Texas, killing all seven crew members on board. The Columbia‘s 28th space mission, designated STS-107, was originally scheduled to launch on January 11, 2001, but was delayed numerous times for a variety of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:26 EST from rss

Subject: Serial killer Ted Bundy strikes again

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On this day in 1974, University of Washington student Lynda Ann Healy disappears from her apartment and is killed by Ted Bundy. The murder marked Bundy’s entry into the ranks of serial killers as he had recently attacked his first victim, Sharon Clarke, in her Seattle home. By the time he was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:40 EST from rss

Subject: U.N. condemns PRC for aggression

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By a vote of 44 to 7, the United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning the communist government of the People’s Republic of China for acts of aggression in Korea. It was the first time since the United Nations formed in 1945 that it had condemned a nation as an aggressor. In June ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:45 EST from rss

Subject: Texas secedes

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On this day in 1861, Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union when a state convention votes 166 to 8 in favor of the measure. The Texans who voted to leave the Union did so over the objections of their governor, Sam Houston.A staunch Unionist,Houston’s election in 1859 as governor ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:59 EST from rss

Subject: Ford GT makes TV debut in Super Bowl ad

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During the Super Bowl on this day in 2004, the first TV commercial airs for the Ford GT, a new, high-performance “supercar” based on Ford’s GT40 race car, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France four years in a row starting in 1966. The TV ad for the two-seater Ford GT featured a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:53 EST from rss

Subject: Davidson College namesake killed at Cowan

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On this day in 1781, American Brigadier General William Lee Davidson dies in combat attempting to prevent General Charles Cornwallis’ army from crossing the Catawba River in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Davidson’s North Carolina militia, numbering between 600 and 800 men, set up camp on the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:30 EST from rss

Subject: Japanese begin evacuation of Guadalcanal

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On this day, Japanese forces on Guadalcanal Island, defeated by Marines, start to withdraw after the Japanese emperor finally gives them permission. On July 6, 1942, the Japanese landed on Guadalcanal Island, part of the Solomon Islands chain, and began constructing an airfield. In response, the ...

[#] Mon Jul 14 2014 07:21:26 EDT from rss

Subject: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies at age 46

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On this day in 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman, considered one of the most talented and versatile actors of his generation, dies of an accidental drug overdose at age 46 in New York City. During his career, the prolific performer appeared in more than 50 movies, including “Capote,” “Doubt” and “The ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:47 EST from rss

Subject: Idi Amin takes power in Uganda

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One week after toppling the regime of Ugandan leader Milton Obote, Major General Idi Amin declares himself president of Uganda and chief of the armed forces. Amin, head of the Ugandan army and air force since 1966, seized power while Obote was out of the country. Ruling directly, Amin soon revealed ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:48 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Stalingrad ends

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On this day, the last German troops in the Soviet city of Stalingrad surrender to the Red Army, ending one of the pivotal battles of World War II. On June 22, 1941, despite the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939, Nazi Germany launched a massive invasion against the USSR. Aided by its greatly ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:06 EST from rss

Subject: ABSCAM operation revealed

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On February 2, 1980, details of ABSCAM, an FBI operation to uncover political corruption in the government, are released to the public. Thirty-one public officials were targeted for investigation, including Representative John Murphy of New York, five other representatives, and Harrison Williams, a ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:37 EST from rss

Subject: First Groundhog Day

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On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, ...

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

Subject: Quisling becomes prime minister of puppet regime in Norway

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On this day, Vidkun Quisling, a collaborator with the German occupiers of Norway, is established as prime minister of a puppet government. On April 9, 1940, German warships entered major Norwegian ports, from Narvik to Oslo, deployed thousands of German troops, and occupied Norway. German forces ...

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