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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:33 EST from rss

Subject: James Merrill is born

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Merrill is born in New York . Merrill was the son of financier Charles Merrill, who founded the brokerage Merrill-Lynch. Merrill served as an Army infantryman during World War II and graduated from Amherst College in 1947. He became one of the most highly regarded ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:46 EST from rss

Subject: Birth of a Nation opens in New York

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Director D.W. Griffith’s controversial Civil War epic The Birth of a Nation opens in New York City on March 3, 1915, a few weeks after its West Coast premiere in Los Angeles. A 40-piece orchestra accompanied the silent film. The movie, at 2 hours and 40 minutes, was unusually long for its day and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:58 EST from rss

Subject: Faulty door dooms plane

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A DC-10 jet crashes into a forest outside of Paris, France, killing all 346 people on board, on this day in 1974. The poor design of the plane, as well as negligent maintenance, contributed to the disaster. Nearly two years earlier, on June 6, 1972, an American Airlines DC-10 was flying over ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:12 EST from rss

Subject: Congress bans sending obscene materials through the mail

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Congress enacts the so-called Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” book through the mails. Also unlawful under the law is sending anything “designed or intended for the prevention of conception or procuring of abortion.” The law was named after Anthony ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:22 EST from rss

Subject: Supreme Court rules on communist teachers

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In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a New York state law that prohibits communists from teaching in public schools. Coming at the height of the Red Scare in the United States, the Supreme Court decision was additional evidence that many Americans were concerned about possible ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:21 EST from rss

Subject: Freedman

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On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signs a bill creating the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Known as the Freedmen’s Bureau, this federal agency oversaw the difficult transition ofAfrican Americansfrom slavery to freedom. The Freedmen’s Bureau,born out of abolitionist ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:12 EST from rss

Subject: Silas Deane embarks on secret mission to France

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Silas Deane, Connecticut delegate to the Continental Congress, leaves for France on a secret mission on this day in 1776. The Committee of Congress for Secret Correspondence, consisting of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Harrison, John Dickinson, John Hay and Robert Morris, instructed Deane to meet ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:31 EST from rss

Subject: Treaty of Brest-Litovsk concluded

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On March 3, 1918, in the city of Brest-Litovsk, located in modern-day Belarus near the Polish border, Russia signs a treaty with the Central Powers ending its participation in World War I. Russia’s involvement in World War I alongside its allies, France and Britain, had resulted in a number of ...

[#] Mon May 09 2011 08:07:56 EDT from rss

Subject: Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini is born

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On this day in 1965, Khaled Hosseini, author of the best-selling novel “The Kite Runner,” is born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hosseini’s semiautobiographical book was credited with helping to educate Western readers about Afghanistan, a country many of them knew little about. As a child, Hosseini, the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:27 EST from rss

Subject: Government under the U.S. Constitution begins

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The first session of the U.S. Congress is held in New York City as the U.S. Constitution takes effect. However, of the 22 senators and 59 representatives called to represent the 11 states who had ratified the document, only nine senators and 13 representatives showed up to begin negotiations for ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:13 EST from rss

Subject: Scottish racing legend Jim Clark born

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On this day in 1936, Jim Clark, who will dominate Formula One (F1) racing in the mid-1960s and win two F1 world championships, is born in Scotland. Clark grew up on a farm and as a teenager began competing in local car races. Initially, Clark’s family was less-than-enthusiastic about his ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:32 EST from rss

Subject: FDR inaugurated

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On March 4, 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States. In his famous inaugural address, delivered outside the east wing of the U.S. Capitol, Roosevelt outlined his “New Deal”–an expansion of the federal ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:01 EST from rss

Subject: Task Force sends memo to the president

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In a draft memorandum to the president, the Ad Hoc Task Force on Vietnam advises that the administration send 22,000 more troops to Vietnam, but make deployment of the additional 185,000 men previously requested by Gen. William Westmoreland (senior U.S. commander in Vietnam) contingent on future ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:58 EST from rss

Subject: Knute Rockne born

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On this day in 1888, Knute Rockne is born in Voss, Norway. He would go on to become one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football, coaching Notre Dame during their golden era in the 1920s. Rockne won three undisputed national championships with the Fighting Irish, and helped ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:06 EST from rss

Subject: Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis marry

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On this day in 1952, actor and future President Ronald Reagan marries his second wife, actress Nancy Davis. The couple wed in Los Angeles at the Little Brown Church in the Valley. Nancy Davis, whose real name is Anne Frances Robbins, met her husband in 1951. (MGM Studios signed her to a contract ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:04 EST from rss

Subject: Jackson holds

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On this day in 1829, Andrew Jackson upholds an inaugural tradition begun by Thomas Jefferson and hosts an open house at the White House. After Jackson’s swearing-in ceremony and address to Congress, the new president returned to the White House to meet and greet a flock of politicians, celebrities ...

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

Subject: Founder of Chisholm Trail dies

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Jesse Chisholm, who blazed one of the West’s most famous trails, dies in Oklahoma of food poisoning. Although the trail named for him later came to be one of the major cattle-drive routes between Texas and Kansas, Jesse Chisholm was a frontier trader, not a cattleman. Born in Tennessee of a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:18 EST from rss

Subject: John Lennon sparks his first major controversy

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In England, no one took much notice of the John Lennon quotation that later set off a media frenzy in America. Chalk it up to a fundamental difference in religious outlook between Britain and America, or to a fundamental difference in sense of humor. Whatever the reason, it was only after the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:05 EST from rss

Subject: Ernest Hemingway finishes The Old Man and the Sea

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Ernest Hemingway completes his short novel The Old Man and the Sea. He wrote his publisher the same day, saying he had finished the book and that it was the best writing he had ever done. The critics agreed: The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and became one of his bestselling works. The ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:02 EST from rss

Subject: John Candy dies

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The larger-than-life comedic star John Candy dies suddenly of a heart attack on this day in 1994, at the age of 43. At the time of his death, he was living near Durango, Mexico, while filming Wagons East, a Western comedy co-starring the comedian Richard Lewis. Born in 1950, Candy’s first ...

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