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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:30:44 EST from rss

Subject: Abraham Lincoln is born

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On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln is born in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Lincoln, one of America’s most admired presidents, grew up a member of a poor family in Kentucky and Indiana. He attended school for only one year, but thereafter read on his own in a continual effort to improve his mind. As an ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:30 EST from rss

Subject: Lorne Greene is born

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Lorne Greene, the actor who played Ben Cartwright on the immensely popular television Western Bonanza, is born in Ontario, Canada. An only child, Greene later said he based his portrayal of Ben Cartwright on his own father, Daniel Greene. Greene’s rise to national stardom in Bonanza did not come ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:25 EST from rss

Subject: Rhapsody In Blue, by George Gershwin, performed for first time

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“The audience packed a house that could have been sold out at twice the size,” wrote New York Times critic Olin Downes on February 13, 1924, of a concert staged the previous afternoon at the Aeolian Hall in New York City. Billed as an educational event, the “Experiment In Modern Music” concert was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:20 EST from rss

Subject: Writers

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Hollywood’s longest work stoppage since 1988 ends on this day in 2008, when members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) vote by a margin of more than 90 percent to go back to work after a walkout that began the previous November 5. The writers’ strike began during the negotiation of the WGA’s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:36 EST from rss

Subject: Iranian jet slams into mountain

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On this day in 2002, an Iranian passenger jet crashes into the side of a mountain, killing all 117 people on board. Iran Air Tours, a subsidiary of Iran Air, scheduled the Russian-built Tupolev 154 jet to leave Tehran, Iran’s capital city, at 6:30 a.m. It was to be a short flight to Khorramabad, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:21 EST from rss

Subject: Actor Sal Mineo is killed in Hollywood

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Actor Sal Mineo is stabbed to death in Hollywood, California. Mineo was parking his car behind his apartment when neighbors heard his cries for help. Some described a white man with brown hair fleeing the scene. By the time they reached Mineo, he was almost dead from a deep wound to his chest. He ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:59 EST from rss

Subject: Russian ships bump U.S. destroyer and cruiser

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Two Soviet warships bump two U.S. navy vessels in waters claimed by the Soviet Union. The incident was an indication that even though the Cold War was slowly coming to a close, old tensions and animosities remained unabated. The incident between the ships took place in the Black Sea, off the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:25 EST from rss

Subject: Robert Ransom is born

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On this day in 1828, Confederate General Robert Ransom Jr. is born in Warren County, North Carolina. Ransomgraduated fromWest Point in 1850 and spentthe next decade serving on the frontier and as an instructor at his alma mater. Ransom was in Kansas during the violent clashes between pro- and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:57 EST from rss

Subject: Ethan Allen dies

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On this day in 1789, Vermont Patriot Ethan Allen dies of a stroke at age 52 on his Winooski River homestead. Allen is best remembered as the patriotic leader of the Green Mountain Boys, who took the British fort at Ticonderoga with Benedict Arnold in May 1775. He also had a varied career ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:45 EDT from rss

Subject: British planes raid Belgian coast

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One of the biggest air raids of World War I occurs on this day in 1915, when 34 planes from the British Naval Wing attack the German-occupied coastal towns of Blankenberghe, Ostend and Zeebrugge in Belgium. The attacks, led by British Wing Commander C.R. Samson, targeted the railway stations in ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:23 EDT from rss

Subject: American schooner Lyman M. Law is sunk

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On this day in 1917, the Austrian submarine U-35 bombs and sinks the American schooner Lyman M. Law in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cagliari, Sardinia. The Lyman M. Law, captained by S.W. McDonough, had embarked on its final journey from Stockton, Maine, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:37 EST from rss

Subject: William and Mary proclaimed joint sovereigns of Britain

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Following Britain’s bloodless Glorious Revolution, Mary, the daughter of the deposed king, and William of Orange, her husband, are proclaimed joint sovereigns of Great Britain under Britain’s new Bill of Rights. William, a Dutch prince, married Mary, the daughter of the future King James II, in ...

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

Subject: First Medal of Honor action

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The earliest military action to be revered with a Medal of Honor award is performed by Colonel Bernard J.D. Irwin, an assistant army surgeon serving in the first major U.S.-Apache conflict. Near Apache Pass, in southeastern Arizona, Irwin, an Irish-born doctor, volunteered to go to the rescue of ...

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

Subject: Dresden devastated

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On the evening of February 13, 1945, the most controversial episode in the Allied air war against Germany begins as hundreds of British bombers loaded with incendiaries and high-explosive bombs descend on Dresden, a historic city located in eastern Germany. Dresden was neither a war production city ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:47 EST from rss

Subject: Galileo in Rome for Inquisition

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On this day in 1633, Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rometo face charges of heresy for advocating Copernican theory, which holds that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Galileo officially faced the Roman Inquisition in April of that same year and agreed ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:08 EST from rss

Subject: League of Nations recognizes perpetual Swiss neutrality

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The League of Nations, the international organization formed at the peace conference at Versailles in the wake of World War I, recognizes the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland on this day in 1920. Switzerland was a loose confederation of German-, French-, and Italian-speaking communities until ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:04 EST from rss

Subject: Johnson approves Operation Rolling Thunder

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President Lyndon B. Johnson decides to undertake the sustained bombing of North Vietnam that he and his advisers have been contemplating for a year. Called Operation Rolling Thunder, the bombing campaign was designed to interdict North Vietnamese transportation routes in the southern part of North ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:17 EST from rss

Subject: Additional troops ordered to South Vietnam

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As an emergency measure in response to the 1968 communist Tet Offensive, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara approves the deployment of 10,500 troops to cope with threats of a second offensive. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, who had argued against dispatching any reinforcements at the time because it ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:18 EST from rss

Subject: Downhill skier Hermann Maier crashes in Olympics

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Austrian ski racer Hermann Maier” makes one of the most dramatic crashes in skiing history when he catapults 30 feet in the air, lands on his helmet and rams through two safety fences at an estimated 80 miles per hour on February 13, 1998. Amazingly, Maier suffered just minor injuries and walked ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:12 EST from rss

Subject: Teddy Roosevelt discusses America

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On this day in 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt delivers a stirring speech to the New York City Republican Club. Roosevelt had just won his second reelection, and in this speech, he discussed the country’s current state of race relations and his plan for improving them. In 1905, many white ...

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