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[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:37:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Leading Mexican presidential candidate assassinated

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Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexico’s ruling party’s presidential candidate, is gunned down during a campaign rally in the northern border town of Tijuana. As a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the political party that held power in Mexico for most of the 20th century, Colosio became ...

[#] Wed Jul 21 2010 11:27:12 EDT from rss

Subject: Patrick Henry voices American opposition to British policy

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During a speech before the second Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry responds to the increasingly oppressive British rule over the American colonies by declaring, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Following the signing of the American ...

[#] Wed Feb 24 2010 11:13:56 EST from rss

Subject: Jim Morrison prompts a

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"Dear Mike," wrote the recently inaugurated President Nixon to Miami-area teenager Mike Levesque in a letter dated March 26, 1969, "I was extremely interested to learn about the admirable initiative undertaken by you and 30,000 other young people at the Miami Teen-age Rally for Decency held last ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:49 EST from rss

Subject: Mussolini founds the Fascist party

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Benito Mussolini, an Italian World War I veteran and publisher of Socialist newspapers, breaks with the Italian Socialists and establishes the nationalist Fasci di Combattimento, named after the Italian peasant revolutionaries, or “Fighting Bands,” from the 19th century. Commonly known as the ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:24:36 EST from rss

Subject: Artificial heart patient dies

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On March 23, 1983, Barney Clark dies 112 days after becoming the world’s first recipient of a permanent artificial heart. The 61-year-old dentist spent the last four months of his life in a hospital bed at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, attached to a 350-pound console that ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:25 EST from rss

Subject: "OK" enters national vernacular

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On this day in 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans. During the late 1830s, it was a favorite ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:17:21 EST from rss

Subject: Paris hit by shells from new German gun

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At 7:20 in the morning on March 23, 1918, an explosion in the Place de la Republique in Paris announces the first attack of a new German gun. The Pariskanone, or Paris gun, as it came to be known, was manufactured by Krupps; it was 210mm, with a 118-foot-long barrel, which could fire a shell the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:58:45 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. plane shot down over Laos

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One of the first American casualties in Southeast Asia, an intelligence-gathering plane en route from Laos to Saigon is shot down over the Plain of Jars in central Laos. The mission was flown in an attempt to determine the extent of the Soviet support being provided to the communist Pathet Lao ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:57:14 EST from rss

Subject: Prince Sihanouk issues a call for arms

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From Peking, Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia issues a public call for arms to be used against the Lon Nol government in Phnom Penh and requests the establishment of the National United Front of Kampuchea (FUNK) to unite all opposition factions against Lon Nol. North Vietnam, the National ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:26 EST from rss

Subject: Wayne Gretzky scores number 802

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On March 23, 1994, Wayne Gretzky scores his 802nd goal, breaking his childhood idol Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League record for most goals scored in a career. Gretzky, known to hockey fans as “The Great One,” broke a total of 61 offensive records in his NHL career, including many previously ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:32:03 EST from rss

Subject: Jackie Kennedy receives horse from governor of Pakistan

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On this day in 1962, Pakistan’s governor, Ayub Khan, in a gesture of goodwill, gives first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy a horse named Sardar. Governor Khan and President Kennedy cultivated a close diplomatic relationship between their two countries. When the Pakistani governor first visited the ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:27 EST from rss

Subject: Lewis and Clark depart Fort Clatsop

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After passing a wet and tedious winter near the Pacific Coast, Lewis and Clark happily leave behind Fort Clatsop and head east for home. The Corps of Discovery arrived at the Pacific the previous November, having made a difficult crossing over the rugged Rocky Mountains. Their winter stay on the ...

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

Subject: Thomas Harris delivers Hannibal manuscript

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Bestselling author Thomas Harris delivers his 600-page manuscript for his new novel, Hannibal, to Delacorte Press. He had promised the book more than 10 years earlier as part of a two-book contract that paid him a $5.2 million advance. The book was the third novel featuring serial killer and ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:57 EST from rss

Subject: James Cameron

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By the time James Cameron took the stage to accept his Academy Award for Best Director on the night of March 23, 1998, the Oscar dominance of his blockbuster film Titanic was all but assured. Titanic tied the record for most Oscar nominations with 14—joining 1950’s All About Eve—and by night’s end ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:34 EST from rss

Subject: Tornadoes devastate Nebraska

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A horrible month for weather-related disasters in the United States culminates with a devastating tornado ripping through Nebraska, near Omaha, on this day in 1913. It was the worst of five twisters that struck that day in Nebraska and Iowa, killing 115 people in total. The week prior to this ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:30:05 EST from rss

Subject: Two men sentenced in murder of former Chilean diplomat

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Federal Judge Barrington Parker presides over the sentencing of Guillermo Novo and Alvin Ross Diaz for the murder of Orlando Letelier. Novo and Ross Diaz were initally sentenced to consecutive terms of life imprisonment. The murder to which Judge Parker referred had occurred on September 21, 1976, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:01:51 EST from rss

Subject: Reagan calls for new antimissile technology

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In an address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan proposes that the United States embark on a program to develop antimissile technology that would make the country nearly impervious to attack by nuclear missiles. Reagan’s speech marked the beginning of what came to be known as the controversial ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:38 EST from rss

Subject: Confederate General

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On this day in 1862, at the First Battle of Kernstown, Virginia, Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson suffers a rare defeat when his attack on Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley fails. Jackson was trying to prevent Union General Nathaniel Banks from sending troops from the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:34 EST from rss

Subject: Craig Breedlove, land-speed record holder, born

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On this day in 1937, Craig Breedlove, the first person to reach land speeds of 400mph, 500 mph and 600 mph in a jet-powered vehicle, is born. Breedlove was raised in Southern California, where as a teenager he built cars and was a drag racer. As a young man, he designed a three-wheeled, ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:12 EST from rss

Subject: Germans slaughter Italian civilians

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On this day, German occupiers shoot more than 300 Italian civilians as a reprisal for an Italian partisan attack on an SS unit. Since the Italian surrender in the summer of 1943, German troops had occupied wider swaths of the peninsula to prevent the Allies from using Italy as a base of operations ...

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