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

Subject: Lincoln signs Ulysses S. Grant

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On this day in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signs a brief document officially promoting then-Major General Ulysses S. Grant to the rank of lieutenant general of the U.S. Army, tasking the future president with the job of leading all Union troops against the Confederate Army. The rank of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:38 EST from rss

Subject: Montana vigilantes hang Jack Slade

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Local hell-raiser Jack Slade is hanged in one of the more troubling incidents of frontier vigilantism. Slade stood out even among the many rabble-rousers who inhabited the wild frontier-mining town of Virginia City, Montana. When he was sober, townspeople liked and respected Slade, though there ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:29 EST from rss

Subject: Disco sensation Andy Gibb dies at the age of 30

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With his knee-buckling good looks and his brothers' songwriting talents backing him up, 19-year-old Andy Gibb staged an unprecedented display of youthful pop mastery in the 12 months following his American debut in the spring of 1977. And his star may have risen even higher were it not for the ...

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

Subject: First Book-of-the-Month Club selection is published

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Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman, the first Book-of-the-Month Club selection, is published by Viking Press. The book was written by English novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner, who had intended to become a musicologist, not a writer. To that end, she edited a 10-volume work called Tudor Church ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:58:08 EST from rss

Subject: The WB premieres its first hit show

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On this day in 1997, the fledgling Warner Brothers (WB) television network airs the inaugural episode of what will become its first bona-fide hit show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy‘s creator, Joss Whedon, developed the series from an original script he had written for the big screen a number of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:47 EST from rss

Subject: Mine explosion kills 1,060 in France

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A devastating mine disaster kills over 1,000 workers in Courrieres, France, on this day in 1906. An underground fire sparked a massive explosion that virtually destroyed a vast maze of mines. The Courrieres Colliery in northern France was a complex series of mines near the Pas-de-Calais ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:18 EST from rss

Subject: Dr. David Gunn is murdered by anti-abortion activist

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Dr. David Gunn is shot and killed during an anti-abortion protest at the Pensacola Women’s Medical Services clinic. Dr. Gunn performed abortions at several clinics in Florida and Alabama and was getting out of his car in the clinic’s parking lot when Michael Griffin shouted, “Don’t kill any more ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:21 EST from rss

Subject: Strange death of Jan Masaryk

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The communist-controlled government of Czechoslovakia reports that Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk has committed suicide. The story of the noncommunist Masaryk’s death was greeted with skepticism in the West. Masaryk was born in 1886, the son of Czechoslovakia’s first president. After World War I, he ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:48:05 EST from rss

Subject: William H. C. Whiting dies

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On this day in 1865, Confederate General William Henry Chase Whiting dies in prison from wounds suffered during the fall of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Born in 1824 in Biloxi, Mississippi, Whiting was educated in Boston and at Georgetown College (now University) in Washington, D.C., where he ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:24 EST from rss

Subject: The Right Honourable John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute, dies

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On this day in 1792, John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute and advisor to the British king, George III, dies in London. Although most Americans have never heard his name, Lord Bute played a significant role in the politics of the British empire that spawned the American Revolution. A wealthy Scottish ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:32 EST from rss

Subject: Turkish troops begin evacuation of Baghdad

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Less than two weeks after their victorious recapture of the strategically placed city of Kut-al-Amara on the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, British troops under the regional command of Sir Frederick Stanley Maude bear down on Baghdad, causing their Turkish opponents to begin a full-scale evacuation ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:02 EST from rss

Subject: Sumner Welles makes a

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On this day, U.S. Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles, after a meeting with Adolf Hitler in Berlin, visits London to discuss a peacemaking proposal with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to prevent a widening of the European war. Sumner Welles, a diplomat and expert on Latin America, spent his ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:37:30 EDT from rss

Subject: MacArthur leaves Corregidor

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After struggling against great odds to save the Philippines from Japanese conquest, U.S. General Douglas MacArthur abandons the island fortress of Corregidor under orders from President Franklin Roosevelt. Left behind at Corregidor and on the Bataan Peninsula were 90,000 American and Filipino ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:37:25 EDT from rss

Subject: Lithuania proclaims its independence

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Lithuania proclaims its independence from the USSR, the first Soviet republic to do so. The Soviet government responded by imposing an oil embargo and economic blockade against the Baltic republic, and later sent troops. Lithuanians have lived along the Nemen River and the Baltic Sea for some 3,000 ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:36 EST from rss

Subject: Terrorists bomb trains in Madrid

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On this day in 2004, 191 people are killed and nearly 2,000are injured when 10 bombs explode on four trains in three Madrid-area train stations during a busy morning rush hour. The bombs were later found to have been detonated by mobile phones.The attacks, the deadliest against civilians on ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:01 EST from rss

Subject: FDR signs the Lend-Lease Act to provide aid for allies in WWII

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On this day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program, which provides money and materials for allies in the war, goes into effect. The Lend-Lease program was devised by Roosevelt as a means of aiding Great Britain in its war effort against the Germans, by giving the chief executive the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:31 EST from rss

Subject: Confederate constitution adopted

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In Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas adopt the Permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America. The constitution resembled the Constitution of the United States, even repeating much of its language, but was ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:30 EST from rss

Subject: Toyota sells 1 millionth hybrid in U.S.

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The Toyota Motor Company announces on this day in 2009 that it has sold over 1 million gas-electric hybrid vehicles in the U.S. under its six Toyota and Lexus brands. The sales were led by the Prius, the world’s first mass-market hybrid car, which was launched in Japan in October 1997 and ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:28 EST from rss

Subject: Paul McCartney knighted

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On this day in 1997, Paul McCartney, a former member of the most successful rock band in history, The Beatles, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music.” The 54-year-old lad from Liverpool became Sir Paul in a centuries-old ceremony of pomp and solemnity at Buckingham Palace ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:54:48 EST from rss

Subject: Heavy battle rages during Operation Junction City

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U.S. 1st Infantry Division troops engage in one of the heaviest battles of Operation Junction City. The fierce fighting resulted in 210 reported North Vietnamese casualties. Operation Junction City was an effort to smash the communist stronghold in Tay Ninh Province and surrounding areas along the ...

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