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[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:36 EST from rss

Subject: North Vietnamese launch major attack on An Loc

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Three North Vietnamese divisions attack An Loc with infantry, tanks, heavy artillery and rockets, taking half the city after a day of close combat. An Loc, the capital of Binh Long Province, was located 65 miles northwest of Saigon. This attack was the southernmost thrust of the three-pronged ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:39:17 EST from rss

Subject: Tiger Woods wins his first Masters

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Tiger Woods, whose father is African-American and mother is Thai, becomes the first person of color to win the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, which admitted its first black member in 1990. Eldrick “Tiger” Woods was born December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California. A golf prodigy, Woods began ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:33:16 EST from rss

Subject: Thomas Jefferson is born

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Future President Thomas Jefferson, drafter of the Declaration of Independence and the nation’s preeminent political theorist, is born on this day in 1743. Historian and biographer Joseph Ellis has called Jefferson, who had a monumental role in shaping American politics, the American sphinx for his ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:16:21 EST from rss

Subject: Outlaw Butch Cassidy is born

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Butch Cassidy, the last of the great western train-robbers, is born on this day in Beaver, Utah Territory. Born Robert Leroy Parker, he was the son of Mormon parents who had answered Brigham Young’s call for young couples to help build communities of Latter Day Saints on the Utah frontier. Cassidy ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 04:43:05 EST from rss

Subject: Handel

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Nowadays, the performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah oratorio at Christmas time is a tradition almost as deeply entrenched as decorating trees and hanging stockings. In churches and concert halls around the world, the most famous piece of sacred music in the English language is ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:06 EST from rss

Subject: Southern writer Eudora Welty is born

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Southern writer Eudora Welty is born in Jackson, Mississippi. Welty, whose father owned an insurance company, led a sheltered life. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1929 and studied advertising at Columbia University School of Business. When she returned to Mississippi in 1931, she ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:57:54 EST from rss

Subject: Sidney Poitier wins Best Actor Oscar for "Lilies of the Field

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On this day in 1964, Sydney Poitier becomes the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role as a construction worker who helps build a chapel in Lilies of the Field (1963). Poitier was born in 1924, while his parents were visiting the United States from the Bahamas, ...

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

Subject: Hail storm kills 1,000 English troops in France

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On so-called “Black Monday” in 1360, a hail storm kills an estimated 1,000 English soldiers in Chartres, France. The storm and the devastation it caused also played a part in the Hundred Years’ War between England and France. The Hundred Years’ War began in 1337; by 1359, King Edward III of ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:00 EST from rss

Subject: Mass murderer, Christopher Wilder, commits suicide

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Christopher Wilder dies after a month-long crime spree involving at 11 young women who have disappeared or been killed. Police in New Hampshire attempted to apprehend Wilder, who was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, but Wilder apparently shot himself to death in a scuffle with state troopers to ...

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

Subject: Soviets admit to Katyn Massacre of WWII

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The Soviet government officially accepts blame for the Katyn Massacre of World War II, when nearly 5,000 Polish military officers were murdered and buried in mass graves in the Katyn Forest. The admission was part of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s promise to be more forthcoming and candid ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:46:20 EST from rss

Subject: Union forces surrender at Fort Sumter

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After a 33-hour bombardment by Confederate cannons, Union forces surrender Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor. The first engagement of the war ended in Rebel victory. The surrender concluded a standoff that began with South Carolina’s secession from the Union on December 20, 1860. ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:44:14 EST from rss

Subject: Former MLB All-star Mark

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On this day in 2009, former Major League Baseball all-star pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych is found dead at the age of 54 following an accident at his Massachusetts farm involving a Mack truck he was working on. Fidrych, the 1976 American League Rookie of the Year, suffocated when his clothes got ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 10:28:20 EST from rss

Subject: British attack at Bound Brook, New Jersey

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In the early morning hours of April 13, 1777, General Lord Charles Cornwallis leads 4,000 British troops and Hessian mercenaries in a surprise attack on a small garrison of American troops in the village of Bound Brook in central New Jersey. Cornwallis’ decision to launch the four-column attack at ...

[#] Thu Nov 05 2009 06:34:49 EST from rss

Subject: Germans capture Helsinki, Finland

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As part of Germany’s support of Finland and its newly declared parliamentary government, German troops wrest control of Helsingfors (Helsinki) from the Red Guard, an army of Finnish supporters of the Russian Bolsheviks, on April 13, 1918. Finland, under Russian control since 1809, took the ...

[#] Tue Apr 13 2010 10:33:25 EDT from rss

Subject: Pontiac Solstice stars on

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On this day in 2005, the Pontiac Solstice Roadster, a new two-door sports car from General Motors retailing for approximately $20,000, is featured on the reality TV game show “The Apprentice,” starring the famously bombastic businessman—and future U.S. President—Donald Trump. Created by reality TV ...

[#] Wed Mar 03 2010 11:30:22 EST from rss

Subject: American pilots engage in first dogfight over the western front

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Six days after being assigned for the first time to the western front, two American pilots from the U.S. First Aero Squadron engage in America’s first aerial dogfight with enemy aircraft. In a battle fought almost directly over the Allied Squadron Aerodome at Toul, France, U.S. fliers Douglas ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:31:21 EST from rss

Subject: U.S. bombs terrorist and military targets in Libya

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On April 14, 1986, the United States launches air strikes against Libya in retaliation for the Libyan sponsorship of terrorism against American troops and citizens. The raid, which began shortly before 7 p.m. EST (2 a.m., April 15 in Libya), involved more than 100 U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:26 EST from rss

Subject: Soviets to withdraw from Afghanistan

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Representatives of the USSR, Afghanistan, the United States, and Pakistan sign an agreement calling for the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan. In exchange for an end to the disputed Soviet occupation, the United States agreed to end its arms support for the Afghan anti-Soviet factions, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:44 EST from rss

Subject: RMS Titanic hits iceberg

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Just before midnight in the North Atlantic, the RMS Titanic fails to divert its course from an iceberg, ruptures its hull, and begins to sink. Four days earlier, the Titanic, one of the largest and most luxurious ocean liners ever built, departed Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage across ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:09 EST from rss

Subject: Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth

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On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army ...

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