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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:10 EST from rss

Subject: Tara Lipinski becomes youngest Olympic figure skating gold medalist

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On February 20, 1998, 15-year-old Tara Lipinski wins the gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and becomes the youngest gold medalist in her sport. Lipinski donned her first pair of skates at age six. In 1994, at age 12, she won a gold medal at the U.S. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:47 EST from rss

Subject: George Washington signs the Postal Service Act

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On this day in 1792, President George Washington signs legislation creating the U.S. Postal Service. Prior to the American Revolution, correspondence between parties depended largely upon hired private couriers, friends and the help of merchants. Individual colonies set up informal post offices in ...

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

Subject: Ansel Adams is born

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The famous western photographer Ansel Adams is born in San Francisco. Adams’ dramatic black and white images of Yosemite and the West are some of the most widely recognized and admired photographs of the 20th century. Ansel Adams discovered his love of photography and the West during a family trip ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:40 EST from rss

Subject: Fire engulfs nightclub during Great White show

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The most famous contract rider in rock-and-roll history may be the one Van Halen used that stipulated that "There will be no brown M&M's in the backstage area, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation." The most tragic contract rider in history, on the other hand, was the one ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:57 EST from rss

Subject: Dylan Thomas arrives in New York

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On this day in 1950, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas arrives in New York for his first reading tour of the United States. His four U.S. tours were wildly successful but ended with Thomas’ death at age 39. Thomas was born and raised in Swansea, Wales, where he was a poor student. He dropped out of school at ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:04 EST from rss

Subject: John Singleton nominated for Best Director Oscar

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In his debut film, Boyz N the Hood (1991), John Singleton depicted life on the streets of his native Los Angeles–not the famously sunny, palm-tree-lined boulevards but the tough, gang-ruled neighborhood of South Central. His portrait of three young black men growing up in Compton, where drive-by ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:16 EST from rss

Subject: Rhode Island nightclub burns

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A fire at a rock concert in a West Warwick, Rhode Island, nightclub kills 100 people and seriously injures almost 200 more on this day in 2003. It was the deadliest such fire in the United States since 165 people were killed at the Beverly Hill Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, in 1977. On the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:27:52 EST from rss

Subject: Atlanta Constitution editor is kidnapped

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Reg Murphy,an editor of The Atlanta Constitution, is kidnapped after being lured from his home near the city. William Williams told the newspaperman that he had 300,000 gallons of heating oil to donate to the poor. The 33-year-old Williams abducted Murphy, who was well known for his anti-Vietnam ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:10:32 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of Olustee

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On this day in 1864, at the Battle of Olustee,the largestconflict fought in Florida during the Civil War, a Confederate force under General Joseph Finegan decisively defeats an army commanded by General Truman Seymour. The victory kept the Confederates in control of Florida’s interior for the rest ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:01 EST from rss

Subject: SEATO disbands

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After operating for 22 years, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization concludes its final military exercise and quietly shuts down. SEATO had been one of the bulwarks of America’s Cold War policies in Asia, but the Vietnam War did much to destroy its cohesiveness and question its effectiveness. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:32 EST from rss

Subject: Kramer on

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An episode of the hit TV sitcom “Seinfeld” titled “The Pothole” airs for the first time on this day in 1997; it includes a story line in which the character Kramer adopts a stretch of the fictional Arthur Burghardt Expressway through the real-life Adopt-a-Highway program. The roots of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:04 EST from rss

Subject: Postal Service Act regulates United States Post Office Department

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On this day in 1792, President George Washington signs legislation renewing the United States Post Office as a cabinet department led by the postmaster general, guaranteeing inexpensive delivery of all newspapers, stipulating the right to privacy and granting Congress the ability to expand postal ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:24 EDT from rss

Subject: Amir of Afghanistan is assassinated

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Habibullah Khan, the leader of Afghanistan who struggled to keep his country neutral in World War I in the face of strong internal support for Turkey and the Central Powers, is shot and killed while on a hunting trip on this day in 1919. Habibullah had succeeded his father, Abd-ar-Rahman, as amir ...

[#] Wed Feb 20 2019 12:14:04 EST from rss

Subject: Americans hold a Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden

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Six and a half months before Adolf Hitler invaded Poland, New York City’s Madison Square Garden hosted a rally to celebrate the rise of Nazism in Germany. Inside, more than 20,000 attendees raised Nazi salutes toward a 30-foot-tall portrait of George Washington flanked by swastikas. Outside, police ...

[#] Thu Dec 06 2018 10:05:42 EST from rss

Subject: Washington Monument dedicated

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The Washington Monument, built in honor of America’s revolutionary hero and first president, is dedicated in Washington, D.C. The 555-foot-high marble obelisk was first proposed in 1783, and Pierre L’Enfant left room for it in his designs for the new U.S. capital. After George Washington’s death in ...

[#] Mon Jun 20 2011 09:55:15 EDT from rss

Subject: Rockefeller imposter and convicted felon born

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On this day in 1961, Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a con man who went by the alias Clark Rockefeller and passed himself off as an American blueblood, is born in Germany. Gerhartsreiter gained the public spotlight in 2008, when he kidnapped his young daughter and became the target of an ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 06:38:25 EDT from rss

Subject: Dolly Parton cements her crossover success as

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In 1980, Dolly Parton brought the full range of her talents to bear on a project that would cement her crossover from country music to mainstream superstardom. That project was the movie 9 to 5, for which Dolly wrote and performed the song that earned her both Oscar and Grammy nominations as well ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:08 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon in China

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President Richard M. Nixon arrives in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, on the first presidential visit to the world’s most populous nation. Given that the U.S. federal government had formally opposed China’s communist government since it took power in 1949, Nixon was also the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:47 EST from rss

Subject: Marx publishes Manifesto

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On February 21, 1848, The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, is published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary socialists known as the Communist League. The political pamphlet–arguably the most influential in history–proclaimed that “the ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:14 EST from rss

Subject: Malcolm X assassinated

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In New York City, Malcolm X, an African American nationalist and religious leader, is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights. Born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1925, Malcolm was the son of ...

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