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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:12 EST from rss

Subject: Dale Earnhardt wins first Daytona 500

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After two decades of trying, stock-car racing great Dale Earnhardt finally wins his first Daytona 500, NASCAR’s premier event, on this day in 1998. Earnhardt was born April 29, 1951, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. His father was a race car driver and Dale dropped out of high school to pursue ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:29 EST from rss

Subject: First Teddy bear goes on sale

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On this day in 1903, toy store owner and inventor Morris Michtom places two stuffed bears in his shop window, advertising them as Teddy bears. Michtom had earlier petitioned President Theodore Roosevelt for permission to use his nickname, Teddy. The president agreed and, before long, other toy ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:20 EST from rss

Subject: FDR escapes assassination in Miami

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On this day in 1933, a deranged, unemployed brick layer named Giuseppe Zangara shouts Too many people are starving! and fires a gun at America’s president-elect, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt had just delivered a speech in Miami’s Bayfront Park from the back seat of his open touring car when ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:36 EST from rss

Subject: Wilson Hunt arrives at Astoria, Oregon

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Having departed St. Louis more than two years earlier, Wilson Hunt and his party stumble into the fur-trading post of Astoria, Oregon. Later romanticized as the archetypal frontier hero in Washington Irving’s novel Astoria, which chronicled the early Far West fur trade, Wilson Hunt was actually a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:46 EST from rss

Subject: Lillian Hellman sues Mary McCarthy

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On this day in 1980, playwright Lillian Hellman filed a lawsuit claming $2.2 million in damages against novelist Mary McCarthy for libel. McCarthy, a sarcastic and critical novelist whose most popular novel was The Group (1963), about eight Vassar graduates, had called Hellman “a bad writer, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:19 EST from rss

Subject: Broadway legend Ethel Merman dies

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She was as big a star as the American stage ever produced, a legend both in her own time and beyond it. She had neither the looks nor the dancing ability that typically recommended a young woman for Broadway stardom, but she had a vocal instrument that simply could not be ignored. “She needed no ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:12 EST from rss

Subject: Disney

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On this day in 1950, Walt Disney’s animated feature Cinderella opens in theaters across the United States. The Chicago-born Disney began his career as an advertising cartoonist in Kansas City. After arriving in Hollywood in 1923, he and his older brother Roy set up shop in the back of a real-estate ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:00 EST from rss

Subject: Oil tanker runs aground near Wales

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On this day in 1996, a supertanker, the Sea Empress, runs aground near Wales, spilling 70,000 tons of crude oil. The oil spill did not take any human lives, but severely damaged several bird sanctuaries. The Pembrokeshire coast of South Wales is an area teeming with wildlife, particularly seals and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:53 EST from rss

Subject: The death penalty

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Giuseppe Zangara shoots Anton Cermak, the mayor of Chicago, in Miami, Florida. Zangara’s shots missed President-elect Franklin Roosevelt, who was with Cermak at the time. Cermak was seriously wounded and died on March 6. Immediately after Mayor Cermak died from the gunshot wounds, Zangara was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:42 EST from rss

Subject: USSR and PRC sign mutual defense treaty

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The Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, the two largest communist nations in the world, announce the signing of a mutual defense and assistance treaty. The negotiations for the treaty were conducted in Moscow between PRC leaders Mao Zedong and Zhou En-lai, and Soviet Premier Joseph ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:07 EST from rss

Subject: Alexander Stewart Webb born

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On this day in 1835, Union General Alexander Stewart Webb is born in New York City. Webb’s grandfather had fought at Bunker Hill during the American Revolution, and his father, James Watson Webb, was a prominent newspaper editor and diplomat who served as minister to Brazil during the Civil War. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:49 EST from rss

Subject: Nova Scotia governor sends word of potential American invasion

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From Halifax, Canada, on this day in 1776, Governor Francis Legge reports to British headquarters in London that traitorous elements in Cumberland, Nova Scotia, have contacted American General George Washington. Washington received a letter from the Nova Scotians, in which they expressed their ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:58 EST from rss

Subject: Singapore falls to Japan

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Singapore, the “Gibraltar of the East” and a strategic British stronghold, falls to Japanese forces. An island city and the capital of the Straits Settlement of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore had been a British colony since the 19th century. In July 1941, when Japanese troops occupied French ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:23 EST from rss

Subject: The most daring act of the age

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During the First Barbary War, U.S. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur leads a military mission that famed British Admiral Horatio Nelson calls the “most daring act of the age.” In June 1801, President Thomas Jefferson ordered U.S. Navy vessels to the Mediterranean Sea in protest of continuing raids against ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:20 EST from rss

Subject: Castro sworn in

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On February 16, 1959, Fidel Castro is sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile. Castro, who became commander in chief of Cuba’s armed forces after Batista was ousted on January 1, replaced the more moderate ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:01 EST from rss

Subject: Archaeologist opens tomb of King Tut

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On this day in 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen. Because the ancient Egyptians saw their pharaohs as gods, they carefully preserved their bodies after death, burying them in elaborate tombs ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:03 EST from rss

Subject: Tet Offensive results in many new refugees

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U.S. officials report that, in addition to the 800,000 people listed as refugees prior to January 30, the fighting during the Tet Offensive has created 350,000 new refugees. The communist attack known as the Tet Offensive had begun at dawn on January 31, the first day of the Tet holiday truce. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:36:55 EST from rss

Subject: Bill Johnson becomes first American to win Olympic gold in downhill skiing

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On February 16, 1984, Bill Johnson becomes the first American man to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing, a sport long dominated by European athletes. Johnson quickly became a national hero, though his fame was short-lived, and he never again competed in the Olympics. William Dean Johnson ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:08 EST from rss

Subject: James Monroe marries Elizabeth Kortright

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On this day in history, future President James Monroe weds a 17-year-old New York beauty named Elizabeth Kortright. The 26-year-old Monroe, already a famous revolutionary and practicing lawyer, married not for money, but for love. Elizabeth’s father, once a wealthy privateer, had lost most of his ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:00 EST from rss

Subject: Silver dollars made legal

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Strongly supported by western mining interests and farmers, the Bland-Allison Act—which provided for a return to the minting of silver coins—becomes the law of the land. The strife and controversy surrounding the coinage of silver is difficult for most modern Americans to understand, but in the ...

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