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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:25 EST from rss

Subject: Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary sentenced

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Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty, the highest Catholic official in Hungary, is convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Communist People’s Court. Outraged observers in Western Europe and the United States condemned both the trial and Mindszenty’s conviction as “perversions” and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:40 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Roanoke Island

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On this day in 1862, Union General Ambrose Burnside scores a major victory whenhis troopscapture Roanoke Island in North Carolina.It was one of the first major Union victories of the Civil War andgave the Yankees control of the mouth of Albemarle Sound, allowing them to threaten the Rebel capital ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:02 EST from rss

Subject: Former POW Timothy Bigelow is named colonel

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Just six months after his release as a prisoner-of-war, Major Timothy Bigelow becomes colonel of the 15th Massachusetts Colonial Line of the Continental Army on this day in 1777. Bigelow, a blacksmith who was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on August 12, 1739, began his Patriot involvement when ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:34 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. Army resumes publication of Stars and Stripes

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On this day in 1918, the United States Army resumes publication of the military newsletter Stars and Stripes. Begun as a newsletter for Union soldiers during the American Civil War, Stars and Stripes was published weekly during World War I from February 8, 1918, until June 13, 1919. The newspaper ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:13 EST from rss

Subject: Britain

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Under the command of Major General Orde Wingate, the 77th Indian Brigade, also called the Chindits, launch guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma. Wingate was an eccentric British officer famous both for quoting the Bible and advocating irregular warfare tactics. His career as a guerrilla ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:21:09 EST from rss

Subject: McCarthy accuses State Department of communist infiltration

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Joseph Raymond McCarthy, a relatively obscure Republican senator from Wisconsin, announces during a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, that he has in his hand a list of 205 communists who have infiltrated the U.S. State Department. The unsubstantiated declaration, which was little more than a ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:21:09 EST from rss

Subject: Presidential election decided in the House

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As no presidential candidate received a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the U.S. House of Representatives votes to elect John Quincy Adams, who won fewer votes than Andrew Jackson in the popular election, as president of the United States. Adams was the son of John Adams, the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:21:09 EST from rss

Subject: Normandie burns in New York

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The Normandie, regarded by many as the most elegant ocean liner ever built, burns and sinks in New York Harbor during its conversion to an Allied trip transport ship. Built in France in the early 1930s, the Normandie ruled the transatlantic passenger trade in its day. The first major liner to cross ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:21:08 EST from rss

Subject: Davis Cup competition established

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On February 9, 1900, the solid silver trophy known today as the Davis Cup is first put up for competition when American collegian Dwight Filley Davis challenges British tennis players to come across the Atlantic and compete against his Harvard team. Davis, born in St. Louis, Missouri, won the ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:41 EST from rss

Subject: Satchel Paige nominated to Baseball Hall of Fame

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On this day in 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In August of that year, Paige, a pitching legend known for his fastball, showmanship and the longevity of his playing career, which spanned five decades, was ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:41 EST from rss

Subject: The Normandie catches fire

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On this day, the largest and most luxurious ocean liner on the seas at that time, France’s Normandie, catches fire while in the process of being converted for military use by the United States. The Normandie, built in 1931, was the first ship to be constructed in accordance with the guidelines laid ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:48 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. sends first combat troops to South Vietnam

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A U.S. Marine Corps Hawk air defense missile battalion is deployed to Da Nang. President Johnson had ordered this deployment to provide protection for the key U.S. airbase there. This was the first commitment of American combat troops in South Vietnam and there was considerable reaction around the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:23 EST from rss

Subject: USS Constellation arrives off coast of Vietnam.

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The aircraft carrier USS Constellation joins aircraft carriers Coral Sea and Hancock off the coast of Vietnam. From 1964 to 1975, there were usually three U.S. carriers stationed in the water near Vietnam at any given time. Carrier aircraft participated in the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:08 EST from rss

Subject: Magic Johnson returns for All-Star Game

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After stunning the world three months earlier with the news he had contracted the HIV virus and was immediately retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers, basketball great Magic Johnson returns to play in the 42nd NBA All-Star game in Orlando, Florida, where the crowd greeted him with a standing ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:35 EST from rss

Subject: William Henry Harrison is born

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On this day in 1773, future President William Henry Harrison is born on the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia. Harrison went on to serve as the ninth U.S. president for a brief 32 days in 1841, the shortest term ever served. Harrison is also credited with the record for the longest inaugural address ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:45 EST from rss

Subject: Elizabeth Bacon marries George Custer

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Destined to be her husband’s most dedicated champion, Elizabeth Bacon marries George Armstrong Custer in Monroe, Michigan. Shortly after graduating from a Presbyterian college in Monroe, Elizabeth Bacon met the dashing young Captain Custer, who immediately began a vigorous campaign for her hand. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:42:11 EST from rss

Subject: America meets the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show

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At approximately 8:12 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, February 9, 1964, The Ed Sullivan Show returned from a commercial (for Anacin pain reliever), and there was Ed Sullivan standing before a restless crowd. He tried to begin his next introduction, but then stopped and extended his arms in the universal ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:31 EST from rss

Subject: Alice Walker is born

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On this day in 1944, Alice Walker is born in Eatonton, Georgia, the youngest of eight children born to sharecroppers. In their poor, rural community, Walker’s mother set an example of generosity and community support by taking in children whose families couldn’t care for them. Walker treasured her ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:01 EST from rss

Subject: Joanne Woodward earns first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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On this day in 1960, the official groundbreaking ceremony is held for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The first star to be dedicated on the historic walkway belonged to the actress Joanne Woodward, an Academy Award winner for The Three Faces of Eve (1957). Woodward’s career began on Broadway, where she ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:52 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. sub collides with Japanese fishing boat in Pearl Harbor

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On this day in 2001, a United States military submarine collides with a Japanese fishing boat in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing four students and five other people. The USS Greenville was hosting a cruise for VIPs at the time, some of whom were actually at the controls of the sub when the collision ...

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