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Day in History: Becket; Wounded Knee; Rasputin; WWII London Fire; Eastern Crash in Everglades

Updated: 12/29/2013 - On Dec 28 - In 1170, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II... In 1890, the Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as an estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them... In 1916, Grigory Rasputin, the so-called "Mad Monk" who'd wielded great influence with Czar Nicholas II, was killed by a group of Russian noblemen in St. Petersburg... In 1940, during World War II, Germany dropped incendiary bombs on London, setting off what came to be known as "The Second Great Fire of London."... In 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed into the Florida Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 101 of the 176 people aboard...

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Day in History: Bill of Rights; Sitting Bull; "Gone with the Wind"; Glenn Miller;

Updated: 12/14/2013 - On Dec 15 - In 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia. In 1890, Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a confrontation with Indian police. In 1939, "Gone with the Wind" had its world premiere in Atlanta. It starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. In 1944, a plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller disappeared during a flight over the English Channel. He was a U.S. Army major at the time. Forty years later, British authorities said the plane was probably hit by explosives jettisoned from British fighters.

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Day in History: Pearl Harbor; Crossing the Delaware; United Creash; John Lennon

Updated: 12/08/2013 - Today in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Gen. George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey into Pennsylvania. In 1972, a United Airlines Boeing 737 crashed while attempting to land at Chicago-Midway Airport, killing 43 of the 61 people on board, as well as two people on the ground; among the passengers who died were Dorothy Hunt, wife of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt, U.S. Rep. George W. Collins, D-Ill., and CBS News correspondent Michele Clark. In 1980, rock star John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan.

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Day in History: Rosa Parks; "Great Expectations"; "Thriller"

Posted: 12/01/2013 - Today in History: On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks. In 1860, the Charles Dickens novel "Great Expectations" was first published in weekly serial form. In 1982, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album was released. It went on to become the biggest-selling album of all time.

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Day in History: Oswald, Ruby, D.B.Cooper, Beatles, Freddie Mercury

Posted: 11/24/2013 - Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in a scene captured on live television. Also, on this date - In 1971, hijacker "D.B. Cooper" parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 dollars in ransom -- his fate remains unknown. In 1991, rock singer Freddie Mercury died in London at age 45 of AIDS-related pneumonia.

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Day in History: "God Bless America"; Long-Distance; Sesame Street; Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks; Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Updated: 11/10/2013 - Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 10, 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on her CBS radio program. On Nov 10 - In 1951, customer-dialed long-distance telephone service began as Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, N.J., called Alameda, Calif., Mayor Frank Osborne without operator assistance. In 1969, the children's educational program "Sesame Street" made its debut on National Educational Television (later PBS). In 1975, the ore-hauling ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 mysteriously sank during a storm in Lake Superior with the loss of all on board. In 1982, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, D.C., three days before its dedication.

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Cuba Cracks Down on Private Cinemas, Game Salons

Posted: 11/03/2013 - Privately run cinemas and video game salons have mushroomed on the island recently...private theaters have become increasingly popular as an alternative to poorly maintained state-run cinemas...

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Today in History: Chevy; Sputnik 2; "Great Balls of Fire", "At the Hop"; Hank Williams

Updated: 11/03/2013 - In 1911, the Chevrolet Motor Car Co. was founded in Detroit by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. (The company was acquired by General Motors in 1918.) In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board was a dog named Laika (LY'-kah) who was sacrificed in the experiment. Also in 1957, In 1957, two future number one pop songs were released: "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis and "At The Hop" by Danny and the Juniors. In 2008, Former White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, who took the iconic image of Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, died on Merritt Island, Fla. at age 88.

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Day in History: Federalist papers; Nylon; Disneyland; Cuban Missile Crisis; "Stand By Me"; Supremes

Posted: 10/27/2013 - On October 27th – In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published under the pseudonym "Publius" (the essays were a collaborative effort by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay)... In 1938, Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: "nylon."... In 1954, Walt Disney's first television program, titled "Disneyland" after his yet-to-be completed theme park, premiered on ABC... In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down while flying over Cuba, killing the pilot, U.S. Air Force Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr.... In 1960, Ben E. King recorded "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me" during his first solo recording session for Atlantic Records.... In 1964, the single "Come See About Me" by The Supremes was released...

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Day in History: "Saturday Night Massacre"; MacArthur; 'Jackie'; Gadhafi; "Six Million Dollar Man"; Lynyrd Skynyrd

Posted: 10/20/2013 - Today in History - On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre," special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned... In 1944, during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte (LAY'-tee) in the Philippines, 2 1/2 years after saying, "I shall return."... In 1968, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis... In 2011, Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's dictator for 42 years, was killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte (surt) and captured the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell... ...in entertainment history - In 1973, "The Six Million Dollar Man," starring Lee Majors, premiered on ABC... In 1977, three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in the crash of a privately-chartered plane in Mississippi. The crash took the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines...

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