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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:29 EST from rss

Subject: New York Highlanders join American League

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On March 12, 1903, the New York Highlanders are given the go-ahead by team owners to join baseball’s American League. The Highlanders had recently moved from Baltimore, where they were called the Orioles and had a winning tradition dating back to the 1890s. Called the “Yankees” by fans, the team ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:18 EST from rss

Subject: FDR broadcasts first fireside chat

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On this day in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt holds the first of his radio-broadcast fireside chats. FDR used the informal radio addresses to explain his policies to the American public. In an era before television, cell phones and iPods, FDR used the most immediate and intimate means of ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:30 EST from rss

Subject: Chinese laborers excluded from U.S.

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Agreeing to cooperate with a policy unilaterally adopted by Congress six years earlier, China approves a treaty forbidding Chinese laborers to enter the United States for 20 years. In the 1850s, large numbers of Chinese immigrated to the American West. Most came from the Pearl River Delta region ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:42 EST from rss

Subject: The Dixie Chicks backlash begins

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In response to the critical comments made about him by Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush offered this response: “The Dixie Chicks are free to speak their mind. They can say what they want to say.” Of the backlash the Dixie Chicks ...

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

Subject: Jack Kerouac is born

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Jack Kerouac is born in Lowell, Massachusetts. Kerouac was the son of French-Canadian parents and learned English as a second language. In high school, Kerouac was a star football player and won a scholarship to Columbia University. In World War II, he served in the Navy but was expelled for severe ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:39 EST from rss

Subject: Richard Pryor releases Live on the Sunset Strip

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On this day in 1982, Live on the Sunset Strip, the latest concert film recorded by the provocative comedian Richard Pryor, arrives in movie theaters. Born in 1940 in Peoria, Illinois, Pryor broke into the New York comedy scene in the early 1960s; he made his national television debut in 1964 in On ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:21 EST from rss

Subject: Hail causes stampede at soccer match in Nepal

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On this day in 1988, a sudden hail storm prompts fans at a soccer match in Kathmandu, Nepal, to flee. The resulting stampede killed at least 70 people and injured hundreds more. Approximately 30,000 people were watching the game between the Nepalese home team, Janakpur, and Muktijoddha, of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:14 EST from rss

Subject: Police recover Elizabeth Smart and arrest her abductors

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On this day in 2003, 15-year-old Elizabeth Smart is finally found in Sandy, Utah, nine months after being abducted from her family’s home. Her alleged kidnappers, Brian David Mitchell, a drifter who the Smarts had briefly employed at their house, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, were charged with the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:52 EST from rss

Subject: London police conduct drug raid at home of George Harrison

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The London drug squad appears at house of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd with a warrant and drug-sniffing canines. Boyd immediately used the direct hotline to Beatles headquarters and George returned to find his home turned upside down. He is reported to have told the officers “You needn’t have ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:33 EST from rss

Subject: President Truman announces the Truman Doctrine

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In a dramatic speech to a joint session of Congress, President Harry S. Truman asks for U.S. assistance for Greece and Turkey to forestall communist domination of the two nations. Historians have often cited Truman’s address, which came to be known as the Truman Doctrine, as the official ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:23 EST from rss

Subject: Red River Campaign begins

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On this day in 1864, one of the biggest military fiascos of the Civil War begins as a combined Union force of infantry and riverboats starts moving up the Red River in Louisiana. The month-long campaign was poorly managed and achieved none of the objectives set forth by Union commanders. The ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:28 EST from rss

Subject: Italian auto titan Gianni Agnelli born

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On this day in 1921, Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli, the glamorous, powerful Italian business tycoon who turned Fiat, his family’s car company, into an international conglomerate, is born in Turin, Italy. Agnelli was named for his grandfather, who founded Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, later known ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:30:06 EST from rss

Subject: Public Notice urges recognition of

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On this day in 1776, in Baltimore, Maryland, a public notice appears in local papers recognizing the sacrifice of women to the cause of the revolution. The notice urged others to recognize women’s contributions and announced, “The necessity of taking all imaginable care of those who may happen to ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:19 EST from rss

Subject: Russian army lends support to rebels in February Revolution

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After being called out to quell workers’ demonstrations on the streets of Petrograd (now St. Petersburg), regiment after regiment of soldiers in the city’s army garrison defect to join the rebels on March 12, forcing the resignation of the imperial government and heralding the triumph of the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:20 EST from rss

Subject: Hitler announces an Anschluss with Austria

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On this day, Adolf Hitler announces an “Anschluss” (union) between Germany and Austria, in fact annexing the smaller nation into a greater Germany. Union with Germany had been a dream of Austrian Social Democrats since 1919. The rise of Adolf Hitler and his authoritarian rule made such a ...

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 11:30:21 EST from rss

Subject: Tragedy at Dunblane

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At Dunblane, a 13th-century village on the edge of the Scottish Highlands, 43-year-old Thomas Hamilton bursts into the gymnasium of the Dunblane Primary School with four guns and opens fire on a kindergarten class. Sixteen children and their teacher, Gwenne Mayor, were fatally shot before Hamilton ...

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

Subject: William Herschel discovers Uranus

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The German-born English astronomer William Herschel discovers Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. Herschel’s discovery of a new planet was the first to be made in modern times, and also the first to be made by use of a telescope, which allowed Herschel to distinguish Uranus as a ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:48 EST from rss

Subject: Impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson begins

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For the first time in U.S. history, the impeachment trial of an American president gets underway in the U.S. Senate. President Andrew Johnson, reviled by the Republican-dominated Congress for his views on Reconstruction, stood accused of having violated the controversial Tenure of Office Act, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:45 EST from rss

Subject: Czar Alexander II assassinated in St. Petersbug

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Czar Alexander II, the ruler of Russia since 1855, is killed in the streets of St. Petersburg by a bomb thrown by a member of the revolutionary “People’s Will” group. The People’s Will, organized in 1879, employed terrorism and assassination in their attempt to overthrow Russia’s czarist autocracy. ...

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 07:39:24 EST from rss

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On this day in 1969, “The Love Bug,” a Walt Disney movie about the adventures of a Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie, opens in theaters across the United States. The film, which was based on a 1961 book called “Car, Boy, Girl” by Gordon Buford, centered around down-on-his-luck auto racer Jim (played ...

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