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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:47 EST from rss

Subject: The Payola scandal heats up

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The Payola scandal reaches a new level of public prominence and legal gravity on this day in 1960, when President Eisenhower called it an issue of public morality and the FCC proposed a new law making involvement in Payola a criminal act. What exactly was Payola? During the hearings conducted by ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:11 EST from rss

Subject: Tolkien heirs file Lord of the Rings lawsuit

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In the latest of a series of legal battles involving J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved trilogy The Lord of the Rings and film adaptations made of the books, several of Tolkien’s heirs join a group of publishers in filing a $150 million lawsuit against New Line Cinema on February 11, 2008, in Los Angeles ...

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

Subject: Avalanches plague central Europe

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On this day in 1952, a series of deadly avalanches begins across central Europe. A storm stalled over the middle of Europe the first week of February 1952, dumping a couple of feet of snow in parts of France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. In many places, activity came to a standstill. Thousands ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:02 EST from rss

Subject: Birth control pioneer arrested

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Emma Goldman, a crusader for women’s rights and social justice, is arrested in New York City for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control. She was accused of violating the Comstock Act of 1873, which made it a federal offense to disseminate contraceptive devices and information ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:22 EST from rss

Subject: Burgess and Maclean resurface

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Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess, former members of the British Foreign Office who had disappeared from England in 1951, resurface in Moscow. Their surprise appearance and formal statement to the press put an end to one of the most intriguing mysteries of the early Cold War. Maclean and Burgess had ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:02 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln leaves Springfield

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On this day in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln leaves home in Springfield, Illinois, and embarks on his journey to Washington, D.C. On a cold, rainy morning, Lincoln boarded a two-car private train loaded with his family’s belongings, which he himself had packed and bound. Hiw wife, Mary ...

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

Subject: GM signs first autoworkers contract

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After a six-week sit-down strike by General Motors (GM) autoworkers at the Fisher Body Plant No. 2 in Flint, Michigan, GM president Alfred P. Sloan signs the first union contract in the history of the American auto industry. The strike was organized by the United Auto Workers (UAW), which wanted to ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:12 EST from rss

Subject: Georgia

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On this day in 1776, Georgia’s royal governor, Sir James Wright, escapes from his residence in Savannah to the safety of a waiting British warship, the HMS Scarborough, anchored at the mouth of the Savannah River, and returns to London. Governor Wright had been taken into custody and placed under ...

[#] Fri Apr 29 2011 05:29:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Judy Blume, popular young-adult author, is born

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On this day in 1938, best-selling author Judy Blume, known for her children’s books and young-adult novels, including “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” is born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Blume’s books have been beloved by several generations of readers; ...

[#] Tue Mar 02 2010 11:01:44 EST from rss

Subject: Last emperor of China abdicates

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On February 12, 1912, Hsian-T’ung, the last emperor of China, is forced to abdicate following Sun Yat-sen’s republican revolution. A provisional government was established in his place, ending 267 years of Manchu rule in China and 2,000 years of imperial rule. The former emperor, only six years ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:50 EST from rss

Subject: Scharansky released

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After spending eight years in Soviet prisons and labor camps, human rights activist Anatoly Scharansky is released. The amnesty deal was arranged by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan at a summit meeting three months earlier. Scharansky was imprisoned for his campaign ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:23 EST from rss

Subject: President Clinton acquitted

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On February 12, 1999, the five-week impeachment trial of Bill Clinton comes to an end, with the Senate voting to acquit the president on both articles of impeachment: perjury and obstruction of justice. In November 1995, Clinton began an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a 21-year-old unpaid intern. ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:19 EST from rss

Subject: Garnet preaches to House on slavery and Civil War

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The Rev. Dr. Henry Highland Garnet, the first African American to address the U.S. House of Representatives, delivers a sermon to a crowded House chamber. His sermon commemorated the victories of the Union army and the deliverance of the country from slavery. Garnet, a former slave himself, was a ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:33 EST from rss

Subject: Congress enacts first fugitive slave law

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On this day, Congress passes the first fugitive slave law, requiring all states, including those that forbid slavery, to forcibly return slaves who have escaped from other states to their original owners. The laws stated that “no person held to service of labor in one state, under the laws thereof, ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:38:28 EST from rss

Subject: GM reports record loss, offers buyouts to 74,000 workers

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On this day in 2008, in an attempt to cut costs, struggling auto giant General Motors (GM) offers buyouts to all 74,000 of its hourly employees in the U.S. represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The move came after GM lost $38.7 billion in 2007, which at the time was the largest loss ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:17 EST from rss

Subject: Milosevic goes on trial for war crimes

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On this day in 2002, former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic goes on trial at The Hague, Netherlands, on charges of genocide and war crimes in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. Milosevic served as his own attorney for much of the prolonged trial, which ended without a verdict when the so-called ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:11 EST from rss

Subject: Rommel in Africa

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On this day, German General Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli, Libya, with the newly formed Afrika Korps, to reinforce the beleaguered Italians’ position. In January 1941, Adolf Hitler established the Afrika Korps for the explicit purpose of helping his Italian Axis partner maintain territorial gains ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:18 EST from rss

Subject: Release of U.S. POWs begins

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The release of U.S. POWs begins in Hanoi as part of the Paris peace settlement. The return of U.S. POWs began when North Vietnam released 142 of 591 U.S. prisoners at Hanoi’s Gia Lam Airport. Part of what was called Operation Homecoming, the first 20 POWs arrived to a hero’s welcome at Travis Air ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:50 EST from rss

Subject: Cambodians launch attack to retake Angkor Wat

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About 6,000 Cambodian troops launch a major operation to wrestle the religious center of Angkor Wat from 4,000 North Vietnamese troops entrenched around the famous Buddhist temple complex, which had been seized in June 1970. Fighting continued throughout the month. Even with the addition of 4,000 ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:36:51 EST from rss

Subject: Basketball great Bill Russell born

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Bill Russell, the legendary center for the Boston Celtics during the 1960s, is born in Monroe, Louisiana. During his 13-year career with the Celtics, Russell helped the team to 11 NBA championships. As a child, Russell’s family moved from Louisiana to California to escape racism in the South. He ...

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