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[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:16 EST from rss

Subject: French-Algerian truce

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On March 18, 1962, France and the leaders of the Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN) sign a peace agreement to end the seven-year Algerian War, signaling the end of 130 years of colonial French rule in Algeria. In late October 1954, a faction of young Algerian Muslims established the Front de ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:05:11 EST from rss

Subject: Wells and Fargo start shipping and banking company

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On this day in 1852, in New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo join with several other investors to launch their namesake business. The discovery of gold in California in 1849 prompted a huge spike in the demand for cross-country shipping. Wells and Fargo decided to take advantage of these ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:29 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. bombs Cambodia for the first time

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U.S. B-52 bombers are diverted from their targets in South Vietnam to attack suspected communist base camps and supply areas in Cambodia for the first time in the war. President Nixon approved the mission–formally designated Operation Breakfast–at a meeting of the National Security Council on March ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:55:32 EST from rss

Subject: Lon Nol ousts Prince Sihanouk

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Returning to Cambodia after visits to Moscow and Peking, Prince Norodom Sihanouk is ousted as Cambodian chief of state in a bloodless coup by pro-western Lt. Gen. Lon Nol, premier and defense minister, and First Deputy Premier Prince Sisowath Sirik Matak, who proclaim the establishment of the Khmer ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:03 EST from rss

Subject: Spectator death forces new rules for NHL games

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On this day in 2002, 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil dies, two days after being struck in the head by a puck at a Columbus Blue Jackets ice hockey game. Cecil’s death forced the National Hockey League to take new precautions regarding fan safety. Cecil was struck by a puck that had ricocheted into the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:50 EST from rss

Subject: Grover Cleveland is born in Caldwell, New Jersey

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On this day in 1837, Grover Cleveland, the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms in the office, is born. Cleveland served as the 22nd president from 1885 to 1889 and as the 24th president from 1893 to 1897. As a young man, Cleveland left his native New Jersey to study law in New York. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:29 EST from rss

Subject: Wells Fargo and Company established

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Businessmen in New York establish Wells, Fargo and Company, destined to become the leading freight and banking company of the West. The California economy boomed after the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1849, spurring a huge demand for shipping. Henry Wells and William Fargo joined with ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:50 EST from rss

Subject: Irving Berlin copyrights the biggest pop song of the early 20th century

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A century ago, even before the phonograph had become a common household item, there was already a burgeoning music industry in the United States based not on the sale of recorded musical performances, but on the sale of sheet music. It was in the medium of printed paper, and not grooved lacquer or ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:39 EST from rss

Subject: John Updike is born

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On this day in 1932, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike is born in the small town of Shillington, Pennsylvania. The only child of a math teacher father and aspiring writer mother, Updike developed an early love for reading and drawing and won a scholarship to Harvard. He became editor of the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:41 EST from rss

Subject: Anthony Minghella dies

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On this day in 2008, the Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella dies at the age of 54 in a London hospital, one week after undergoing surgery to treat tonsil cancer. Minghella grew up on the Isle of Wight, off the English coast; his parents were Italian immigrants who ran an ice cream factory. He ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:56 EST from rss

Subject: Natural gas explosion kills nearly 300 at Texas school

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Nearly 300 students in Texas are killed by an explosion of natural gas at their school on this day in 1937. The Consolidated School of New London, Texas, sat in the middle of a large oil and natural gas field. The area was dominated by 10,000 oil derricks, 11 of which stood right on school grounds. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:30:00 EST from rss

Subject: Three women are murdered at Yosemite

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On this day in 1999, the bodies of Carole Sund and Silvina Pelosso are found in a charred rental car in a remote wooded area of Long Barn, Califonia. The women, along with Sund’s daughter Juli, had been missing since February when they were last seen alive at the Cedar Lodge near Yosemite National ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:36 EST from rss

Subject: Nationalist Chinese forces invade mainland China

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In a surprise raid on the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC), military forces of the Nationalist Chinese government on Taiwan invade the mainland and capture the town of Sungmen. Because the United States supported the attack, it resulted in even deeper tensions and animosities between the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:47:29 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln praises Sanitary Commission for work with troops

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On this day in 1864, the U.S. Sanitary Commission Fair in Washington, D.C., closes with President Abraham Lincoln commending the organization for its work on behalf of Union soldiers. Established in 1861 as a federal government agency, the Sanitary Commission was responsible for coordinating the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:07 EST from rss

Subject: Studebaker goes bankrupt

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On this day in 1933, American automaker Studebaker, then heavily in debt, goes into receivership. The company’s president, Albert Erskine, resigned and later that year committed suicide. Studebaker eventually rebounded from its financial troubles, only to shut down the assembly line and transition ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:26 EST from rss

Subject: War Relocation Authority is established in United States

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On this day, the War Relocation Authority is created to “Take all people of Japanese descent into custody, surround them with troops, prevent them from buying land, and return them to their former homes at the close of the war.” Anger toward and fear of Japanese Americans began in Hawaii shortly ...

[#] Wed Oct 28 2009 12:25:21 EDT from rss

Subject: Allies open attack on Dardanelles

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On this day in 1915, British and French forces launch an ill-fated naval attack on Turkish forces in the Dardanelles, the narrow, strategically vital strait in northwestern Turkey separating Europe from Asia. As the only waterway between the Black Sea in the east and the Mediterranean Sea in the ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:57:51 EDT from rss

Subject: DeMille wins Oscar

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On March 19, 1953, legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille wins the only Academy Award of his career when The Greatest Show on Earth takes home an Oscar for Best Picture. The film, a big-budget extravaganza about circus life, starred Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, and Cornel Wilde. Born in Ashfield, ...

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 11:30:14 EST from rss

Subject: Nevada legalizes gambling

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In an attempt to lift the state out of the hard times of the Great Depression, the Nevada state legislature votes to legalize gambling. Located in the Great Basin desert, few settlers chose to live in Nevada after the United States acquired the territory at the end of the Mexican War in 1848. In ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:26:12 EST from rss

Subject: First U.S. air combat mission begins

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Eight Curtiss “Jenny” planes of the First Aero Squadron take off from Columbus, New Mexico, in the first combat air mission in U.S. history. The First Aero Squadron, organized in 1914 after the outbreak of World War I, was on a support mission for the 7,000 U.S. troops who invaded Mexico to capture ...

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