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[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:57 EST from rss

Subject: Naval hero killed in duel

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U.S. Navy officer Stephen Decatur, hero of the Barbary Wars, is mortally wounded in a duel with disgraced Navy Commodore James Barron at Bladensburg, Maryland. Although once friends, Decatur sat on the court-martial that suspended Barron from the Navy for five years in 1808 and later opposed his ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:56 EST from rss

Subject: Equal Rights Amendment passed by Congress

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On March 22, 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment is passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to the states for ratification. First proposed by the National Woman’s political party in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment was to provide for the legal equality of the sexes and prohibit discrimination on the basis ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:31 EST from rss

Subject: Arab League formed

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Representatives from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Yemen meet in Cairo to establish the Arab League, a regional organization of Arab states. Formed to foster economic growth in the region, resolve disputes between its members, and coordinate political aims, members of ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:45 EST from rss

Subject: Stamp Act imposed on American colonies

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In an effort to raise funds to pay off debts and defend the vast new American territories won from the French in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), the British government passes the Stamp Act on this day in 1765. The legislation levied a direct tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:34 EST from rss

Subject: Russians take Austrian garrison at Przemysl

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After six months of battle, the Austrian garrison at Przemysl (now in Poland), the citadel guarding the northeastern-most point of the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls to the Russians on March 22, 1915. During the first weeks of World War I in August 1914, Russia had been able to mobilize more ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:59:14 EST from rss

Subject: Westmoreland to depart South Vietnam

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President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the appointment of Gen. William Westmoreland as Army Chief of Staff; Gen. Creighton Abrams replaced him as commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam. Westmoreland had first assumed command of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam in June 1964, and in that capacity ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:44 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. confirms it supplied 'non-lethal' gas to South Vietnamese forces

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The State Department acknowledges that the United States had supplied the South Vietnamese armed forces with a “non-lethal gas which disables temporarily” for use “in tactical situations in which the Viet Cong intermingle with or take refuge among non-combatants, rather than use artillery or aerial ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:37:26 EST from rss

Subject: First Stanley Cup championship played

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On this day in 1894, the first championship series for Lord Stanley’s Cup is played in Montreal, Canada. The Stanley Cup has since become one of the most cherished and recognized trophies in sport. The Stanley Cup was the creation of Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, lord of Preston and the 16th earl ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:22 EST from rss

Subject: FDR legalizes sale of beer and wine

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On this day in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Beer and Wine Revenue Act. This law levies a federal tax on all alcoholic beverages to raise revenue for the federal government and gives individual states the option to further regulate the sale and distribution of beer and wine. With ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:31 EST from rss

Subject: Louis L

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Louis L’Amour, the prolific author of scores of bestselling western novels, is born in Jamestown, North Dakota. An indifferent student, L’Amour dropped out of high school at age 15. Over the next two decades, he traveled around the world working in an amazing variety of jobs. At various times, he ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:10:35 EST from rss

Subject: Stephen Sondheim is born

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Stephen Sondheim, one of the last giants of the American musical theater to work in a style not influenced by rock and roll, was born in New York City on March 22, 1930. Sondheim and the work he created helped revolutionize the Broadway musical in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. When Sondheim was a child, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:29 EST from rss

Subject: News Corporation and NBC announce new Web deal

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In a long-anticipated challenge to Web sites like the popular video-sharing site YouTube, two entertainment giants–News Corporation and NBC Universal–announce a high-stakes Internet venture on this day in 2007. According to the terms of the deal, News Corporation, owned by the Australian media ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:42:43 EST from rss

Subject: Earthquake destroys landmarks in Quito, Ecuador

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Quito, Ecuador, the site of many powerful earthquakes through the years, suffers one of its worst when a tremor kills 5,000 people and destroys some of the most famous buildings in South America, on this day in 1859. Quito’s history of earthquakes in modern times began with a monster tremor on ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:34 EST from rss

Subject: Teachers are indicted at the McMartin Preschool

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Seven teachers at the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are indicted by the Los Angeles County grand jury after hearing testimony from 18 children. Included among the charged are Peggy McMartin Buckey, the head of the school and her son Ray Buckey. Seven years and millions of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:02:36 EST from rss

Subject: Truman orders loyalty checks of federal employees

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In response to public fears and Congressional investigations into communism in the United States, President Harry S. Truman issues an executive decree establishing a sweeping loyalty investigation of federal employees. As the Cold War began to develop after World War II, fears concerning communist ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:15 EST from rss

Subject: The origins of the Hummer

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On this day in 1983, the Pentagon awards a production contract worth more than $1 billion to AM General Corporation to develop 55,000 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Nicknamed the Humvee and designed to transport troops and cargo, the wide, rugged vehicles entered the spotlight ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:45:52 EST from rss

Subject: Braxton Bragg born

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On this day in 1817, Confederate General Braxton Bragg is born in Warrenton, North Carolina. Bragg commanded the Army of Tennessee for 17 months, leading them to several defeats and losing most of the state of Tennessee to the Yankees. Bragg graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:26 EST from rss

Subject: British pass Stamp Act

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Hoping to raise sufficient funds to defend the vast new American territories won from the French in the Seven Years’ War, the British government passes the notorious Stamp Act on this day in 1765. The legislation levied a direct tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal use in the ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:28:26 EST from rss

Subject: Cripps and Gandhi meet

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On this day, Sir Stanford Cripps, British statesman, arrives in India for talks with Mohandas Gandhi on Indian independence, in what will become known as the Cripps Mission. Cripps was a gifted student with a background in such diverse disciplines as chemistry and law. Always of weak health, he was ...

[#] Fri Mar 25 2011 10:20:13 EDT from rss

Subject: Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

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On this day in 2011, actress Elizabeth Taylor, who appeared in more than 50 films, won two Academy Awards and was synonymous with Hollywood glamour, dies of complications from congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital at age 79. The violet-eyed Taylor began her acting career as a child and ...

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