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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:35 EST from rss

Subject: DC-7 crashes in Cameroon swamp

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A Trans-African DC-7 crashes on takeoff in Douala, Cameroon, on this day in 1962. A simple mechanical failure doomed the flight and its 111 passengers and crew. This was the first single-airplane disaster in history in which more than 100 people died. The DC-7 was a charter plane owned by the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:56 EST from rss

Subject: The head of Murder, Inc. is executed

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Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, the head of Murder, Inc., is executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York. Lepke was the leader of the country’s largest crime syndicate throughout the 1930s and was making nearly $50 million a year from his various enterprises. His downfall came when several members of his ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:58 EST from rss

Subject: Martha Stewart is released from prison

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On this day in 2005, billionaire mogul Martha Stewart is released from a federal prison near Alderson, West Virginia, after serving five months for lying about her sale of ImClone stock in 2001. After her televised exit from the facility, Stewart flew on a chartered jet from nearby Greenbrier ...

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

Subject: Dulles asks for action against communism

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Speaking before the 10th Inter-American Conference, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles warns that “international communism” is making inroads in the Western Hemisphere and asks the nations of Latin America to condemn this danger. Dulles’s speech was part of a series of actions designed to put ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:59 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln inaugurated

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On this day in 1861, Abraham Lincoln becomes the 16th president of the United States. In his inauguration speechLincoln extended an olive branch to the South, but also made it clear that he intended to enforce federal laws in the states that seceded. Since Lincoln’s election in November 1860, seven ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:01 EST from rss

Subject: American forces occupy Dorchester Heights

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Under the cover of constant bombing from American artillery, Brigadier General John Thomas slips 2,000 troops, cannons and artillery into position at Dorchester Heights, just south of Boston, on this day in 1776. Under orders from General George Washington, Thomas and his troops worked through the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:50 EST from rss

Subject: Woodrow Wilson

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With trouble brewing between the great nations of Europe, Thomas Woodrow Wilson takes office as the 28th president of the United States on this day in 1913, in Washington, D.C. The Virginia-born son of a Presbyterian minister, Wilson became president of Princeton University in 1902; he resigned the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:30 EST from rss

Subject: Eighth Air Force bombs Berlin

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The U.S. Eighth Air Force launches the first American bombing raid against the German capital. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) had been conducting night raids against Berlin and other German cities since November 1943, suffering losses at increasingly heavy rates. While the British inflicted ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:13 EST from rss

Subject: Britain launches Operation Claymore

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The British navy raids a German position off the coast of Norway and inside the Arctic Circle—the Lofoten Islands. The raid, code name Operation Claymore, proved highly destructive of its target—an armed German trawler—but ultimately a failure in achieving its objective, the capture of an Enigma ...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 04:27:19 EST from rss

Subject: The Boston Massacre

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On the cold, snowy night of March 5, 1770, a mob of American colonists gathers at the Customs House in Boston and begins taunting the British soldiers guarding the building. The protesters, who called themselves Patriots, were protesting the occupation of their city by British troops, who were sent ...

[#] Tue Mar 02 2010 10:29:41 EST from rss

Subject: Churchill delivers Iron Curtain speech

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In one of the most famous orations of the Cold War period, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill condemns the Soviet Union’s policies in Europe and declares, “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” Churchill’s speech is ...

[#] Wed Feb 24 2010 09:22:22 EST from rss

Subject: Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler hits #1 with

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Thanks to Hollywood, America’s collective memory of the Vietnam War is now inextricably linked with the popular music of that era. More specifically, it is linked with the music of the late-60s counterculture and antiwar movement. But opposition to the war was far from widespread back in 1966—a ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:06 EST from rss

Subject: Innovator of hypnotism dies

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Franz Anton Mesmer, a German physician who pioneered the medical field of hypnotic therapy, dies in obscurity in Meersburg, Swabia (now Germany). Born in 1734, Mesmer studied religion, philosophy, law, and medicine in Vienna, Austria, but initially failed to excel at any of these fields. In the ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:56 EST from rss

Subject: Hula-Hoop patented

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On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone. In ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:39:35 EST from rss

Subject: Joseph Stalin dies

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On this day, Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union since 1924, dies in Moscow. Ioseb Dzhugashvili was born in 1889 in Georgia, then part of the old Russian empire. The son of a drunk who beat him mercilessly and a pious washerwoman mother, Stalin learned Russian, which he spoke with a ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:41 EST from rss

Subject: Socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg born

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Rosa Luxemburg, the leader of a revolutionary faction of the German socialist party during World War I, is born on this day in 1871, in Zamos, Poland, an area that at the time was under Russian control. The youngest of five children in a lower-middle-class Jewish family, Luxemburg became ...

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

Subject: U.S.A.F. advisory team sent to Laos

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff order a U.S. Air Force air commando training advisory team to Thailand to train Lao pilots in counterinsurgency tactics. Laos had won its independence from French control in July 1949 but the country quickly became a battleground as various factions vied for control of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:53:40 EST from rss

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The U.S. 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, less its 2nd Squadron, withdraws from Vietnam. The “Blackhorse Regiment” (named for the black horse on the regimental shoulder patch) first arrived in Vietnam in September 1966 and consisted of three squadrons, each with three armored cavalry troops, a tank ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:20 EST from rss

Subject: Miller elected executive director of MLB Players Association

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On this day in 1966, Marvin Miller is elected executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. During his tenure, Miller made baseball the first sport to institute collective bargaining and salary arbitration agreements, and oversaw the advent of free agency after a century-long ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:11 EST from rss

Subject: Dial-a-President radio program airs

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On this day in 1977, the Dial-a-President radio program, featuring President Jimmy Carter and CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite, airs for the first time. The brainchild of Cronkite and CBS, the March 5 show was a test-run to see if the program could be successful. (Carter’s official papers refer ...

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