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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:38:58 EST from rss

Subject: Germans surrender at Stalingrad

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On this day, the last of the German forces fighting at Stalingrad surrender, despite Hitler’s earlier declaration that “Surrender is out of the question. The troops will defend themselves to the last!” The Battle of Stalingrad began in the summer of 1942, as German forces assaulted the city, a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:29 EST from rss

Subject: First U.S. Air Force plane crashes in South Vietnam.

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The first U.S. Air Force plane is lost in South Vietnam. The C-123 aircraft crashed while spraying defoliant on a Viet Cong ambush site. The aircraft was part of Operation Ranch Hand, a technological area-denial technique designed to expose the roads and trails used by the Viet Cong. U.S. personnel ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:28 EST from rss

Subject: Antiwar protestors sue Dow Chemical

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Antiwar protestors take legal action in an attempt to prove that the Dow Chemical Company is still making napalm. Dow had claimed that it had stopped making napalm. Members of the antiwar movement filed suit against the Dow Chemical Company in a Washington, D.C., court. The plaintiffs were trying ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:28 EST from rss

Subject: National League of baseball is founded

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On February 2, 1876, the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, which comes to be more commonly known as the National League (NL), is formed. The American League (AL) was established in 1901 and in 1903, the first World Series was held. The first official game of baseball in the United ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:18 EST from rss

Subject: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed

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On this day in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, ending the Mexican-American War in favor of the United States. The Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo added an additional 525,000 square miles to United States territory, including the area that would become the states of Texas, California, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:54 EST from rss

Subject: Russians establish Fort Ross

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Staking a tenuous claim to the riches of the Far West, Russians establish Fort Ross on the coast north of San Francisco. As a growing empire with a long Pacific coastline, Russia was in many ways well positioned to play a leading role in the settlement and development of the West. The Russians had ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:17:56 EST from rss

Subject: James Joyce is born

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Novelist James Joyce is born this day in Dublin, Ireland, the eldest of 10 children. His father, a cheerful ne’er-do-well, will eventually go bankrupt. Joyce attended Catholic school and University College in Dublin. A brilliant scholar, he learned Dano-Norwegian in order to read the plays of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:30 EST from rss

Subject: Sid Vicious dies of a drug overdose in New York City

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To the New York City Police Department and Medical Examiner's Office, he was John Simon Ritchie, a 22-year-old Englishman under indictment for murder but now dead of a heroin overdose in a Greenwich Village apartment. To the rest of the world, he was Sid Vicious, former bassist for the notorious ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:37 EST from rss

Subject: Gene Kelly dies

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On this day in 1996, the dancer, actor and choreographer Gene Kelly dies at the age of 83, at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Born in Pittsburgh in 1912, Kelly graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh during the Great Depression. With jobs scarce, he worked at a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:09 EST from rss

Subject: First Donner Party member dies

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On this day in 1847, the first woman of a group of pioneers commonly known as the Donner Party dies during the group’s journey through a Sierra Nevada mountain pass. The disastrous trip west ended up killing 42 people and turned many of the survivors into cannibals. A total of 87 people joined up ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:04 EST from rss

Subject: Murder in Hollywood: A tale of vice and vixens

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Police discover the body of film director William Desmond Taylor in his Los Angeles bungalow. Lieutenant Tom Ziegler responded to a call about a “natural death” at the Alvarado Street home of Taylor. Whenhe arrived they found actors, actresses, and studio executives rummaging through the director’s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:09:56 EST from rss

Subject: Albert Sidney Johnston born

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On this day in 1803, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston is born in Washington, Kentucky. Johnston was considered one of the best Confederate commanders until he was killed at the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, the first major engagement in the West. Johnston grew up in Kentucky and received ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:55 EST from rss

Subject: United States rejects proposal for conference with Stalin

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In response to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s proposal that President Harry S. Truman travel to Russia for a conference, Secretary of State Dean Acheson brusquely rejects the idea as a “political maneuver.” This rather curious exchange was further evidence of the diplomatic sparring between the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:25 EST from rss

Subject: Hurley Haywood in quest to win fifth 24 Hours of Daytona

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The 24 Hours of Daytona endurance auto race begins on February 2, 1991; when it ends the following day, driver Hurley Haywood will collect his fifth win, the most victories of any driver in the event’s history. The 24 Hours of Daytona (now known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona), along with the 24 Hours ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:43 EST from rss

Subject: Nathanael Greene finds fortification at Steele

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On this day in 1781, American General Nathanael Greene receives two bags of specie (coin as opposed to paper currency) from Elizabeth Maxwell Steele at her tavern in Salisbury, North Carolina–an incident later memorialized in a painting by Alonzo Chappel. General Greene spent the night of February ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:52 EST from rss

Subject: Zeppelin crashes into North Sea

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Two days after nine German zeppelins dropped close to 400 bombs throughout the English Midlands, the crew of the British fishing trawler King Stephen comes across the crashed remains of one of the giant airships floating in the North Sea. Developed by a German army officer, Count Ferdinand ...

[#] Thu Jan 31 2013 07:14:30 EST from rss

Subject: New York Giants upset New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII

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On this day in 2008, the New York Giants stunned the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. The Patriots and Giants met at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona in front of 71,101 fans. New England came into the game ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 12:02:22 EDT from rss

Subject: Clinton ends Vietnam trade embargo

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Nearly two decades after the fall of Saigon, U.S. President Bill Clinton announces the lifting of the 19-year-old trade embargo against Vietnam, citing the cooperation of Vietnam’s communist government in helping the United States locate the 2,238 Americans still listed as missing in the Vietnam ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:37:28 EDT from rss

Subject: Lunik 9 soft-lands on lunar surface

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On February 3, 1966, the Soviet Union accomplishes the first controlled landing on the moon, when the unmanned spacecraft Lunik 9 touches down on the Ocean of Storms. After its soft landing, the circular capsule opened like a flower, deploying its antennas, and began transmitting photographs and ...

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 12:52:57 EST from rss

Subject: The day the music died

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On this day in 1959, rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead, Minnesota. Investigators blamed the ...

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