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Day in History: Poisoned Roman Emperor; US Navy Origins; 1960 Debates; Surviving Andes Plane Crash

Posted: 10/13/2013 - On Oct. 13 - In 54, Roman Emperor Claudius I died, poisoned apparently at the behest of his wife, Agrippina (ag-rih-PEE'-nuh). In 1775, the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet. In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon held the third televised debate of their presidential campaign (Nixon was in Los Angeles, Kennedy in New York). In 1972, a Uruguayan chartered flight carrying 45 people crashed in the Andes; 16 survivors who resorted to feeding off the remains of some of the dead in order to stay alive were rescued more than two months later.

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Day in History: 1st "talkie"; "Tokyo Rose"; Anwar Sadat Killed; Beatles

Posted: 10/06/2013 - Today in History: On Oct. 6 – In 1536, English theologian and scholar William Tyndale, who was the first to translate the Bible into Early Modern English, was executed for heresy. In 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of "The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson, a movie that featured both silent and sound-synchronized sequences. In 1949, U.S.-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of treason for being Japanese wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison (she ended up serving more than six). In 1969, a George Harrison song became the A-side of a Beatles single for the first time, when The Beatles released "Something" backed with "Come Together." In 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade.

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Day in History: US Regular Army Established; Scotland Yard; Munich Agreement; MacGyver

Posted: 09/29/2013 - On Sept. 29 - In 1829, London's reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty. In 1938, British, French, German and Italian leaders concluded the Munich Agreement, which was aimed at appeasing Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland. In 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the Chicago area. (To date, the case remains unsolved.) In 1985, "MacGyver" made its debut on ABC.

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Bama Jam's Mega Mud Thrill Show

Updated: 09/27/2013 - The Dennis Anderson "Mega Mud-Truck Thrill Show" takes place tomorrow night.

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On This Date: Nathan Hale Hanged; 'Maverick'; 'Fiddler'; 'U.N.C.L.E.'; Obits

Updated: 09/22/2013 - On September 22 in history - In 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War. In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but missed. (Moore served 32 years in prison before being paroled on Dec. 31, 2007.) In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war. In 1957, "Maverick," starring James Garner and Jack Kelly, premiered on ABC. In 1964, the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 3,242 performances In 1964, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debut on NBC. U.N.C.L.E. stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

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Day in History: Battle of Britain; Birmingham Bombing; Lone Ranger Debuts

Posted: 09/15/2013 - In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution... In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship... In 1940, during the World War II Battle of Britain, the tide turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses against the Luftwaffe... In 1950, during the Korean conflict, United Nations forces landed at Incheon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul.... In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)... In 1949, "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC with Clayton Moore as the masked hero and Jay Silverheels as Tonto...

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Today in History: Paris Liberated; Young Samantha Smith; Elton John; Dirty Dancing; Aaliyah

Posted: 08/25/2013 - In 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans. In 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. In 1985, Samantha Smith, 13, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, died with her father in an airliner crash in Auburn, Maine. In 1970, Elton John made his U.S. debut at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. The performance kicked off a brief tour and led to a recording contract with MCA. In 1987, the film "Dirty Dancing" made its world premiere in Los Angeles.

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This Day in History: Women's Vote; Woodstock; Korean DMZ Deaths;Ringo; Elvis

Posted: 08/18/2013 - On Aug 18 - In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women's right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it. In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., wound to a close after three nights with a midmorning set by Jimi Hendrix. In 1976, two U.S. Army officers were killed in Korea's demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attacked U.S. and South Korean soldiers. In 1962, drummer Ringo Starr played his first gig with The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. He replaced Pete Best. In 1977, Elvis Presley was buried at a Memphis cemetery, with about 75,000 people gathered outside. His body was moved to the grounds of Graceland after burglars tried to break into the original mausoleum.

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Day in History: Watts Riot; Mall of America; "Green Onions", "Hey Jude"

Updated: 08/11/2013 - On August 11, 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles. In 1984, during a radio broadcast voice test, President Ronald Reagan joked that he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." In 1992, the Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minn. On August 11th, 1962, the Booker T. and the MG's classic instrumental "Green Onions" was released by Stax Records. In 1968, The Beatles released "Hey Jude" backed with "Revolution," the first single from their Apple Records label.

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