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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:25 EST from rss

Subject: Kansas quarantines Texas cattle

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The Kansas legislature passes a law barring Texas cattle from the state between March 1 and December 1, the latest action reflecting the love-hate relationship between Kansas and the cattle industry. Texans had adopted the practice of driving cattle northward to railheads in Kansas shortly after ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:29 EST from rss

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The New Republic publishes Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.” The poem, beginning with the famous line “Whose woods these are, I think I know. His house is in the village though,” has introduced millions of American students to poetry. Like most of Frost’s poetry, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:20 EST from rss

Subject: Pearl Bailey and Richard Nixon serenade a White House audience

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On March 1, 1974, in addition to handing up criminal indictments against seven former high-ranking officials in the Nixon administration, a grand jury in the District of Columbia named the president himself as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Watergate cover-up. The drumbeat of bad news was ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:19 EST from rss

Subject: Writers Guild of America strike begins

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After rejecting what the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) said was a final offer, representatives of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) called a strike for all the union’s members to begin at 9 a.m. Pacific Time on this day in 1988. The origins of the strike went back to ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:32 EST from rss

Subject: Cyclone Bola hits New Zealand

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Cyclone Bola hits New Zealand on this day in 1988. Although torrential rains caused significant flooding and landslides, only three deaths resulted from this powerful storm. The rain began on New Zealand’s North Island on Saturday, March 5, but the storm began in earnest on Monday morning when ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:16 EST from rss

Subject: Defense rests in Andrea Yates trial

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The defense rests in the trial of Andrea Yates, a 37-year-old Texas woman who confessed to killing her five young children by drowning them in a bathtub. Less than a week later, on March 13, Yates was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; however, her conviction was later reversed. Andrea Pia ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:07 EST from rss

Subject: Soviet Union denies Klaus Fuchs served as its spy

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Just one week after British physicist Klaus Fuchs was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in passing information on the atomic bomb to the Russians, the Soviet Union issues a terse statement denying any knowledge of Fuchs or his activities. Despite the Russian disclaimer, Fuchs’ arrest and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:29 EST from rss

Subject: Janet Guthrie, first female Indy 500 driver, born

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On this day in 1938, Janet Guthrie, the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 races, is born in Iowa City, Iowa. Guthrie was raised in Florida and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1960 with a degree in physics. After college, she worked as an aerospace engineer; ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:29:01 EST from rss

Subject: Five letters pass between Abigail and John Adams

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On this day in 1777, Continental Congressman John Adams writes three letters to and receives two letters from his wife, Abigail. He is with Congress in Philadelphia, while she maintains their farm in Braintree, Massachusetts. The remarkable correspondence between Abigail and John Adams—numbering ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:16 EST from rss

Subject: British forces arrive in Greece

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On this day, a British expeditionary force from North Africa lands in Greece. In October 1940, Mussolini’s army, already occupying Albania, invaded Greece in what proved to be a disastrous military campaign for the Duce’s forces. Mussolini surprised everyone with this move against Greece, but he ...

[#] Mon Aug 04 2014 07:57:03 EDT from rss

Subject: Malaysia Airlines flight vanishes with more than 200 people aboard

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On this day in 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, loses contact with air traffic control less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur then veers off course and disappears. Despite a massive air-and-sea search effort for the Beijing-bound Boeing ...

[#] Wed Feb 24 2010 09:22:38 EST from rss

Subject: Bill Graham

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Bands like the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane and Santana owe a great deal of their success to the business acumen of the legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, whose skill and creativity turned San Francisco into a musical Mecca for both fans and performers in the late 1960s. In 1966, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:50 EST from rss

Subject: Egypt opens the Suez Canal

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Following Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Egyptian territory, the Suez Canal is reopened to international traffic. However, the canal was so littered with wreckage from the Suez Crisis that it took weeks of cleanup by Egyptian and United Nations workers before larger ships could navigate the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:26 EST from rss

Subject: Anglo-Ottoman force takes Abukir Bay

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During the Napoleonic Wars, combined British and Ottoman Empire forces successfully establish a foothold in French-occupied Egypt at Abukir Bay. In taking the strategic naval port, some 1,100 British soldiers perished, including Sir Ralph Abercromby, the commander of the amphibious operation. In ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:03:34 EST from rss

Subject: February Revolution begins, leading to the end of czarist rule in Russia

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In Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar) begins when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd. One week later, centuries of czarist rule in Russia ended with the abdication of Nicholas II, and Russia took a dramatic step ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:19 EST from rss

Subject: February Revolution begins in Russia

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In Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar) begins on this day in 1917, when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg). By 1917, most Russians had lost faith in the leadership ability of the czarist ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:20 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. Marines land at Da Nang

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The USS Henrico, Union, and Vancouver, carrying the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade under Brig. Gen. Frederick J. Karch, take up stations 4,000 yards off Red Beach Two, north of Da Nang. First ashore was the Battalion Landing Team 3/9, which arrived on the beach at 8:15 a.m. Wearing full battle ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:10 EST from rss

Subject: Thieu orders force withdrawal

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South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu orders the withdrawal of South Vietnamese forces from the Central Highlands. In late January 1975, just two years after the cease-fire had been established by the Paris Peace Accords, the North Vietnamese launched Campaign 275. The objective of this ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:36:40 EST from rss

Subject: Ali battles Frazier for heavyweight championship

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On March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier meet for the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bout marked Ali’s return to the marquee three-and-a-half years after boxing commissions revoked his license over his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. It was also ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:03 EST from rss

Subject: Reagan refers to U.S.S.R. as

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Speaking to a convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Florida on this day in 1983, President Ronald Reagan publicly refers to the Soviet Union as an evil empire for the second time in his career. He had first used the phrase in a 1982 speech at the British House of Commons. Some ...

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