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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:04 EST from rss

Subject: Franco-American alliances signed

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During the American War for Independence, representatives from the United States and France sign the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris. The Treaty of Amity and Commerce recognized the United States as an independent nation and encouraged trade between France and the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:52 EST from rss

Subject: German sub sinks U.S. passenger ship California

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Just three days after U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s speech of February 3, 1917—in which he broke diplomatic relations with Germany and warned that war would follow if American interests at sea were again assaulted—a German submarine torpedoes and sinks the Anchor Line passenger steamer California ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:00 EST from rss

Subject: The Great Baltimore Fire begins

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In Baltimore, Maryland, a small fire in the business district is wind-whipped into an uncontrollable conflagration that engulfs a large portion of the city by evening. The fire is believed to have been started by a discarded cigarette in the basement of the Hurst Building. When the blaze finally ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:38 EST from rss

Subject: King Hussein of Jordan dies

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On February 7, 1999, King Hussein bin Talal, the 20th century’s longest-serving executive head of state dies, and his son Prince Abdallah bin Hussein ascends to the Jordanian throne. Hussein was named the third constitutional king of Jordan in 1952 and proved a great leader in his country and ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:20 EST from rss

Subject: First human satellite

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While in orbit 170 miles above Earth, Navy Captain Bruce McCandless becomes the first human being to fly untethered in space when he exits the U.S. space shuttle Challenger and maneuvers freely, using a bulky white rocket pack of his own design. McCandless orbited Earth in tangent with the shuttle ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:59 EST from rss

Subject: European Union treaty signed

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After suffering through centuries of bloody conflict, the nations of Western Europe finally unite in the spirit of economic cooperation with the signing of the Maastricht Treaty of European Union. The treaty, signed by ministers of the European Community, called for greater economic integration, ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:28 EST from rss

Subject: Tire king Firestone dies

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On February 7, 1938, automotive industry pioneer Harvey Samuel Firestone, founder of the major American tire company that bore his name, dies at the age of 69 in Miami Beach, Florida. By 1910, Firestone’s profits passed $1 million for the first time. The following year, the winner of the inaugural ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:08 EST from rss

Subject: Beatles arrive in New York

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On February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York’s Kennedy Airport–and “Beatlemania” arrives. It was the first visit to the United States by the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. hit six days before with “I ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:40 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. jets conduct retaliatory raids

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As part of Operation Flaming Dart, 49 U.S. Navy jets from the 7th Fleet carriers Coral Sea and Hancock drop bombs and rockets on the barracks and staging areas at Dong Hoi, a guerrilla training camp in North Vietnam. Escorted by U.S. jets, a follow-up raid by South Vietnamese planes bombed a North ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:48 EST from rss

Subject: Operation Dewey Canyon II ends

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Operation Dewey Canyon II ends, but U.S. units continue to provide support for South Vietnamese army operations in Laos. Operation Dewey Canyon II began on January 30 as the initial phase of Lam Son 719, the South Vietnamese invasion of Laos that was to commence on February 8. The purpose of the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:59 EST from rss

Subject: LSU star Maravich scores 69 points in single game

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On February 7, 1970, Louisiana State University basketball star Pete Maravich scores 69 points in a game against Alabama, setting a Division I record that would stand for 21 years. Peter Press Maravich was born June 22, 1947, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. As a child, he learned to play basketball ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:54 EST from rss

Subject: President George W. Bush announces plan for

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On this day in 2002, President George W. Bush announces his plan to federally fund faith-based initiatives. Bush started his day at a National Prayer Breakfast held in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton Hotel, where he explained the basic philosophy behind his plan. In service to others, he ...

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

Subject: Cowboy celebrity Charles Siringo is born

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Charles Siringo, one of the most famous contemporary chroniclers of the cowboy life, is born in Matagorda County, Texas. When Siringo was only 30 years old, he published the first authentic autobiographical account of the cowboy life, A Texas Cowboy, or Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:57 EST from rss

Subject: Zola is brought to trial

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On this day in 1898, French writer Emile Zola is brought to trial for libel for “J’Accuse,” his newspaper editorial attacking the French army over the Dreyfus affair. On January 13, Zola had published his editorial in the newspaper L’Aurore. The letter exposed a military cover-up regarding Alfred ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:38 EST from rss

Subject: The Beatles arrive on American shores

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“On the airplane, I felt New York,” Ringo Starr said many years later. “It was like an octopus….I could feel, like, tentacles coming up to the plane it was so exciting.” For the better part of a year leading up to their arrival in America on this day in 1964, the Beatles had been adjusting to the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:27 EST from rss

Subject: First appearance of

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On this day in 1914, the silent film Kid Auto Races at Venice premieres in theaters, featuring the actor Charlie Chaplin in his first screen appearance as the “Little Tramp,” the character that would become his best-known onscreen alter ego. Born on April 16, 1889, in England, Chaplin became a ...

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

Subject: Earthquake causes fluvial tsunami in Mississippi

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On this day in 1812, the most violent of a series of earthquakes near Missouri causes a so-called fluvial tsunami in the Mississippi River, actually making the river run backward for several hours. The series of tremors, which took place between December 1811 and March 1812, were the most powerful ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:12 EST from rss

Subject: Plea bargaining gains favor in American courts

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Albert McKenzie pleads guilty to a misdemeanor count of embezzlement in Alameda County, California. McKenzie had originally been charged with a felony for taking $52.50 from the sewing-machine company for which he worked. However, rather than go through a trial, the prosecution and defendant agreed ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:25 EST from rss

Subject: Forensic evidence solves a crime

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Bernard Josephs returns to his house in Bromley, England, and finds his wife Claire lying under the bed, her throat slashed and severed to the spine. Defensive wounds to her hands appeared to be caused by a serrated knife. No weapon was found at the Josephs’ house, and police had no other clues ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:06 EST from rss

Subject: Soviet Communist Party gives up monopoly on political power

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The Central Committee of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party agrees to endorse President Mikhail Gorbachev’s recommendation that the party give up its 70-year long monopoly of political power. The Committee’s decision to allow political challenges to the party’s dominance in Russia was yet another ...

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