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[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:24 EST from rss

Subject: Walter Chrysler born

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Walter Percy Chrysler, the founder of the Chrysler Corporation, which for years was one of America’s Big Three automakers along with General Motors (GM) and Ford, is born on April 2, 1875, in Wamego, Kansas. Chrysler, the son of a railroad engineer, worked his way up in the railroad industry–from ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:56 EST from rss

Subject: Ebenezer Learned is promoted to brigadier general

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On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress promotes Colonel Ebenezer Learned to the rank of brigadier general of the Continental Army. Learned was an experienced military man who served the British during the French and Indian War. In 1757, he contracted smallpox at Fort Edward near Lake ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:35:49 EST from rss

Subject: Woodrow Wilson asks U.S. Congress for declaration of war

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The world must be made safe for democracy, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaims on this day in 1917, as he appears before Congress to ask for a declaration of war against Germany. Under Wilson, the former Princeton University president and governor of New Jersey who was voted into the White ...

[#] Thu Oct 14 2010 07:36:08 EDT from rss

Subject: President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan

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On this day in 1948, President Harry S. Truman signs the Economic Assistance Act, which authorized the creation of a program that would help the nations of Europe recover and rebuild after the devastation wrought by World War II. Commonly known as the Marshall Plan, it aimed to stabilize Europe ...

[#] Tue Jul 20 2010 12:54:19 EDT from rss

Subject: Truman signs Marshall Plan

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On April 3, 1948, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs into law the Foreign Assistance Act, commonly known as the Marshall Plan. Named after U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the program channeled more than $13 billion in aid to Europe between 1948 and 1951. Meant to spark economic ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:30 EST from rss

Subject: Unabomber arrested

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At his small wilderness cabin near Lincoln, Montana, Theodore John Kaczynski is arrested by FBI agents and accused of being the Unabomber, the elusive terrorist blamed for 16 mail bombs that killed three people and injured 23 during an 18-year period. Kaczynski, born in Chicago in 1942, won a ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:02 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown, killed in plane crash

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Ronald H. Brown, the U.S. secretary of commerce, is killed along with 32 other Americans when their U.S. Air Force plane crashes into a mountain near Dubrovnik, Croatia. Brown was leading a delegation of business executives to the former Yugoslavia to explore business opportunities that might help ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:25 EST from rss

Subject: Jesse James shot in the back

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Jesse James, one of America’s most notorious outlaws, is shot to death by Robert Ford, a member of his gang who hoped to collect the bounty on Jesse’s head. Jesse James, born in Clay County, Missouri, in 1847, joined a Confederate guerrilla band led by William Quantrill at the age of 15. ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:05 EST from rss

Subject: Bruno Hauptmann, convicted of kidnapping Lindbergh

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Bruno Richard Hauptmann, convicted in the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the 20-month-old son of Charles A. Lindbergh, is executed by electrocution. On March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh Jr., the son of the famous American aviator who made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight in 1927, was ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:31 EST from rss

Subject: Pony Express debuts

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On this day in 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived in ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 07:39:30 EST from rss

Subject: Japanese launch major offensive against Bataan

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On this day in 1942, the Japanese infantry stage a major offensive against Allied troops in Bataan, the peninsula guarding Manila Bay of the Philippine Islands. The invasion of the Japanese 14th Army, which began in December 1941 and was led by General Masaharu Homma, had already forced General ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:18 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon orders response to North Vietnamese invasion

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The United States prepares hundreds of B-52s and fighter-bombers for possible air strikes to blunt the recently launched North Vietnamese invasion. The aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk was sent from the Philippines to join the carriers already off the coast of Vietnam and provide additional air support. ...

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

Subject: Nixon administration vows to "Vietnamize" the war

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Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States is moving to “Vietnamize” the war as rapidly as possible. By this, he meant that the responsibility for the fighting would be gradually transferred to the South Vietnamese as they became more combat capable. However, Laird ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:38:03 EST from rss

Subject: Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stops Gretzky streak

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Mario Lemieux wins the Art Ross Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top scorer on this day in 1988. Lemieux’s 168 points bested Wayne Gretzky, who had dominated the league as the top scorer for an amazing seven seasons. Lemieux (in French, “le mieux” means “the best”) was born October 5, 1965, ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:18:07 EST from rss

Subject: Texas Ranger

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The legendary Texas Ranger and frontiersman “Big Foot” Wallace is born in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1836, 19-year-old William Alexander Anderson Wallace received news that one of his brothers had been killed in the Battle of Goliad, an early confrontation in the Texan war of independence with Mexico. ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:44:13 EST from rss

Subject: "The Louisiana Hayride" radio program premieres on KWKH-AM Shreveport

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Even the most ardent non-fans of country music can probably name the weekly live show and radio program that is regarded as country music’s biggest stage: the Grand Ole Opry, out of Nashville, Tennessee. Yet even many committed country fans are unfamiliar with a program that, during its 1950s ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:08:24 EST from rss

Subject: ACLU says it will contest obscenity of "Howl"

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The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg’s book Howl against obscenity charges. The U.S. Customs Department had seized some 520 copies of the book several weeks earlier as the book entered the U.S. from England, where it had been printed. Poet Allen Ginsberg had ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:55:40 EST from rss

Subject: "Annie Hall" beats out "Star Wars" for Best Picture

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The rise of the action-adventure blockbuster was on the horizon, but on this night in 1978, the small-scale romantic comedy triumphs over the big-budget space extravaganza. At the 50th annual Academy Awards, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Woody Allen’s Annie Hall won the ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:44:21 EST from rss

Subject: Series of deadly twisters hits U.S. heartland

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On this day in 1974, 148 tornadoes hit the United States heartland within 16 hours. By the time the deadly storm ended, 330 people had died. This was the largest grouping of tornadoes recorded in its time, affecting 11 states and Ontario, Canada. At any one moment during the storm, there were as ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:28:41 EST from rss

Subject: Jesse James is murdered

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One of America’s most famous criminals, Jesse James, is shot to death by fellow gang member Bob Ford, who betrayed James for reward money. For 16 years, Jesse and his brother, Frank, committed robberies and murders throughout the Midwest. Detective magazines and pulp novels glamorized the James ...

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