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[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:13 EST from rss

Subject: The U.S. acquires Spanish Florida

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Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams sign the Florida Purchase Treaty, in which Spain agrees to cede the remainder of its old province of Florida to the United States. Spanish colonization of the Florida peninsula began at St. Augustine in 1565. The Spanish ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:40 EST from rss

Subject: Tet Offensive ends

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The American war effort in Vietnam was hit hard by the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive, which ended on this day in 1968. Claims by President Lyndon Johnson that the offensive was a complete failure were misleading. Though the North Vietnamese death toll was 20 times that of its enemies, strongholds ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:05:03 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. hockey team beats the Soviets in the 'Miracle on Ice'

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In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:40:06 EST from rss

Subject: President Roosevelt to MacArthur: Get out of the Philippines

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On this day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines, as the American defense of the islands collapses. The Philippines had been part of the American commonwealth since it was ceded by Spain at the close of the Spanish-American War. When the Japanese ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:59:09 EST from rss

Subject: Westmoreland asks for Marines

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General William Westmoreland, commander of Military Assistance Command Vietnam, cables Washington, D.C., to request that two battalions of U.S. Marines be sent to protect the U.S. airbase at Da Nang. Ambassador Maxwell Taylor, aware of Westmoreland’s plan, disagreed and cabled President Lyndon B. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:50 EST from rss

Subject: Operation Junction City begins

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Operation Junction City is launched to ease pressure on Saigon. It was an effort to smash the Viet Cong’s stronghold in Tay Ninh Province and surrounding areas along the Cambodian border northwest of Saigon. The purpose of the operation was to drive the Viet Cong away from populated areas and into ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:21 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. hockey pulls off Miracle on Ice

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On this day in 1980, the U.S. men’s hockey team pulls off one of the biggest upsets in sports history with a 4-3 victory over the heavily favored Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Two days later, the Americans went on to beat Finland and take home the gold medal. Going ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:45 EST from rss

Subject: George Washington is born

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On this day in 1732, George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the second son from the second marriage of a colonial plantation owner. An initially loyal British subject, Washington eventually led the Continental Army in the American Revolution and became known as the father of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:37 EST from rss

Subject: Montana passes law against sedition

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Swept along by hysterical fears of treacherous German spies and domestic labor violence, the Montana legislature passes a Sedition Law that severely restricts freedom of speech and assembly. Three months later, Congress adopted a federal Sedition Act modeled on the Montana law. The roots of the ...

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

Subject: Milli Vanilli win the Best New Artist Grammy

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With the benefit of hindsight, there might be Grammy awards that members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences wish they could take back, but there is only one that they actually did: the Best New Artist Grammy that was awarded to the famously fraudulent dance act Milli Vanilli on ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:00 EST from rss

Subject: Edna St. Vincent Millay is born

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On this day, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay is born in Rockland, Maine. One of three daughters of a divorced nurse, Millay learned independence and self-reliance early, and transmitted those qualities to her poetry. She began publishing poetry in high school. In 1912, the year she turned 20, her poem ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:33 EST from rss

Subject: Actress Drew Barrymore born

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On this day in 1975, Drew Barrymore, who will shoot to stardom as a child after appearing in “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial” then later build a successful career as a leading lady, is born in Los Angeles . Barrymore is part of a famous family of American actors that includes her grandfather John ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:39 EST from rss

Subject: Deadly tornadoes rip through central Florida

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Seven tornadoes rip through central Florida on this day in 1998, killing 42 people. This was the deadliest outbreak of twisters in Florida’s history. The potential for deadly storms in the winter of 1997-98 in Florida was first forecast in October. The El Nino weather system was in full effect, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:29 EST from rss

Subject: Gang commits largest robbery in British history

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In the early morning hours of February 22, 2006, a gang of at least six men, some of them armed, steal £53 million from the Securitas bank depot in Kent, Great Britain. It was the largest such theft in British history. The plot was well planned. On the evening before, two men, dressed as police ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:00:57 EST from rss

Subject: George Kennan sends

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George Kennan, the American charge d’affaires in Moscow, sends an 8,000-word telegram to the Department of State detailing his views on the Soviet Union, and U.S. policy toward the communist state. Kennan’s analysis provided one of the most influential underpinnings for America’s Cold War policy ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:47 EST from rss

Subject: Battle of West Point, Mississippi

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On this day in 1864, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest routs a Union force three times the size of his army at the Battle of West Point, Mississippi, helpingto end Union General William T. Sherman’s expedition into Alabama. Sherman was marching an army east across Mississippi from ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:38 EST from rss

Subject: Lee Petty wins first Daytona 500

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On this day in 1959, Lee Petty defeats Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish at the just-opened Daytona International Speedway in Florida to win the first-ever Daytona 500. The race was so close that Beauchamp was initially named the winner by William France, the owner of the track and head of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:04 EST from rss

Subject: Archibald Bulloch dies under mysterious circumstances

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On this day in 1777, Revolutionary War leader and Georgia’s first Provisional Governor Archibald Bulloch dies under mysterious circumstances just hours after Georgia’s Council of Safety grants him the powers of a dictator in expectation of a British invasion. Bulloch was born in Charleston, South ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:08 EST from rss

Subject: Mussolini wounded by mortar bomb

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On February 22, 1917, Sergeant Benito Mussolini is wounded by the accidental explosion of a mortar bomb on the Isonzo section of the Italian Front in World War I. Born in Predappio, Italy, in 1883, the son of a blacksmith and a teacher, Mussolini was well-read, largely self-educated and had worked ...

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 06:48:48 EDT from rss

Subject: It

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Music fans might expect that the songs up for Best Song consideration at the 1977 Grammy Awards included songs that have stood the test of time, like Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” Elvis Costello’s “Allison,” Tom Petty’s “American Girl” or Bob Marley’s “Jammin'”. In actuality, the Academy of 1978 ...

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