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

Subject: Americans seize 1,100 pounds of uranium in effort to prevent Soviets from developing A-bomb

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On this day in 1945, U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Boris T. Pash commandeers over half a ton of uranium at Strassfut, Germany, in an effort to prevent the Soviets from developing an A-bomb. Pash was head of the Alsos Group, organized to search for German scientists in the postwar environment in order to ...

[#] Wed Jun 11 2014 06:10:12 EDT from rss

Subject: Mt. Everest sees its single deadliest day

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On this day in 2014, 16 Nepali mountaineering guides, most of them ethnic Sherpas, are killed by an avalanche on Mt. Everest, the Earth’s highest mountain. It was the single deadliest accident in the history of the Himalayan peak, which rises more than 29,000 feet above sea level and lies across ...

[#] Wed May 16 2012 06:26:48 EDT from rss

Subject: Dick Clark, host of

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On this day in 2012, Dick Clark, the TV personality and producer best known for hosting “American Bandstand,” an influential music-and-dance show that aired nationally from 1957 to 1989 and helped bring rock `n’ roll into the mainstream in the late 1950s, dies of a heart attack at age 82 in Santa ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:30:49 EST from rss

Subject: Suicide bomber destroys U.S. embassy in Beirut

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The U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, is almost completely destroyed by a car-bomb explosion that kills 63 people, including the suicide bomber and 17 Americans. The terrorist attack was carried out in protest of the U.S. military presence in Lebanon. In 1975, a bloody civil war erupted in Lebanon, ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:29:52 EST from rss

Subject: Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback to warn of British attack

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In Massachusetts, British troops march out of Boston on a mission to confiscate the Patriot arsenal at Concord and to capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock, known to be hiding at Lexington. As the British departed, Boston Patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes set out on horseback ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:32 EST from rss

Subject: Martin Luther defiant at Diet of Worms

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Martin Luther, the chief catalyst of Protestantism, defies the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by refusing to recant his writings. He had been called to Worms, Germany, to appear before the Diet (assembly) of the Holy Roman Empire and answer charges of heresy. Martin Luther was a professor of biblical ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:28:30 EST from rss

Subject: Journalist Ernie Pyle killed

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During World War II, journalist Ernie Pyle, America’s most popular war correspondent, is killed by Japanese machine-gun fire on the island of Ie Shima in the Pacific. Pyle, born in Dana, Indiana, first began writing a column for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain in 1935. Eventually syndicated to ...

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 07:25:57 EST from rss

Subject: Doolittle leads air raid on Tokyo

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On this day in 1942, 16 American B-25 bombers, launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet 650 miles east of Japan and commanded by Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle, attack the Japanese mainland. The now-famous Tokyo Raid did little real damage to Japan (wartime Premier Hideki Tojo was ...

[#] Tue Nov 24 2009 13:04:51 EST from rss

Subject: The Great San Francisco Earthquake topples buildings, killing thousands

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At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing an estimated 3,000 people as it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long, and shock waves could be ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 06:16:47 EST from rss

Subject: Germans shoot down French pilot Roland Garros

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On this day in 1915, a member of the German Bahnschutzwache, or Railway Protection Guard, shoots down the well-known French airman Roland Garros in his flight over German positions in Flanders, France, on a bombing raid. Garros, born in 1882, gained renown early in his career as an experienced ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:56:22 EST from rss

Subject: Nixon says prospects for peace in Vietnam are better

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At a news conference, President Nixon says he feels the prospects for peace have “significantly improved” since he took office. He cited the greater political stability of the Saigon government and the improvement in the South Vietnamese armed forces as proof. With these remarks, Nixon was trying ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:36:54 EST from rss

Subject: Joan Benoit wins Boston Marathon

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Joan Benoit wins her second Boston Marathon in the women’s division with a time of 2:22:43 on April 18, 1983. The following year, she went on to win the first-ever women’s marathon at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles and became the first person to win Boston as well as Olympic gold. A native ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:31:58 EST from rss

Subject: JFK denies U.S. military intervention in Cuba

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On this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy heats up Cold War rhetoric in a letter responding to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s claim that the U.S. was engaging in armed aggression against the communist regime in Cuba. Kennedy denied the allegations, told Kruschev he was under a serious ...

[#] Mon Nov 16 2009 05:17:56 EST from rss

Subject: San Francisco earthquake

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A devastating earthquake begins to shake the city of San Francisco in the morning hours of this day in 1906. The first of two vicious tremors shook San Francisco at 5:13 a.m., and a second followed not long after. The quake was powerful enough to be recorded thousands of miles away in Cape Town, ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:17:27 EST from rss

Subject: Federal court decides to release poet Ezra Pound from hospital for criminally insane

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A federal court rules that Ezra Pound should no longer be held at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for the criminally insane in Washington, D.C. Pound has been held for 13 years, following his arrest in Italy during World War II on charges of treason. Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, and grew up in a ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 12:09:37 EST from rss

Subject: Enrico Caruso survives the San Francisco earthquake

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“You ask me to say what I saw and what I did during the terrible days which witnessed the destruction of San Francisco? Well, there have been many accounts of my so-called adventures published in the American papers, and most of them have not been quite correct.” So began one of the most widely ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:56:41 EST from rss

Subject: Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco marry

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American actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco in a spectacular ceremony on this day in 1956. Kelly, the daughter of a former model and a wealthy industrialist, began acting as a child. After high school, she attended the American Academy for Dramatic Arts in New York. While she ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:43:49 EST from rss

Subject: Missouri is ravaged by tornadoes

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Missouri is hit by a string of deadly tornadoes on this day in 1880. Statewide, 151 people were killed by the twisters, including 99 in the town of Marshfield. The first tornado struck at about 4:30 p.m. in Springfield, Missouri, where seven people lost their lives. It then headed northeast ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:29:47 EST from rss

Subject: The Red Brigade terrorizes Italy

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On this day in 1974, Italian prosecutor Mario Sossi is kidnapped by the Red Brigades. It was the first time that the left-wing terrorist group had directly struck the Italian government, marking the beginning of tensions that lasted for 10 years. The Red Brigades were founded by college student ...

[#] Fri Nov 13 2009 11:10:36 EST from rss

Subject: Confederates slaughter black Union troops at Battle of Poison Spring

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At Poison Spring, Arkansas, Confederate soldiers under the command of General Samuel Maxey capture a Union forage train and slaughter black troops escorting the expedition. The Battle of Poison Spring was part of broad Union offensive in the region of Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. General ...

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