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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:54:57 PM mt

Battle of the Bulge




On this day, the Germans launch the last major offensive of the war, Operation Mist, also known as the Ardennes Offensive and the Battle of the Bulge, an attempt to push the Allied front line west from northern France to northwestern Belgium. The Battle of the Bulge, so-called because the Germans ...
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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:54:47 PM mt

Sons of Liberty dump British tea




On this day in 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships moored in Boston Harbor and dump 342 chests of tea into the water. Now known as the Boston Tea Party, the midnight raid was a protest of the Tea Act of 1773, a billenacted ...
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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:54:37 PM mt

Johnston named commander of Army of Tennessee




On this day in 1863, Confederate President Jefferson Davis names General Joseph Johnston commander of the Army of Tennessee. Johnston replaced Braxton Bragg, who managed to lose all of Tennessee to the Union during 1863. A Virginia native, Johnston graduated from West Point in 1829 along with ...
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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:54:28 PM mt

Truman declares state of emergency




In the wake of the massive Chinese intervention in the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman declares a state of emergency. Proclaiming that Communist imperialism threatened the worlds people, Truman called upon the American people to help construct an arsenal of freedom. In November, the ...
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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:54:19 PM mt

A terrorist bomber begins his deadly rampage




Federal Judge Robert Vance is instantly killed by a powerful explosion after opening a package mailed to his housenear Birmingham, Alabama. Two days later, a mail bomb killed Robert Robinson, an attorney in Savannah, Georgia, in his office. Two other bomb packages, sent to the federal courthouse in ...
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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:54:09 PM mt

Two airplanes collide over New York City




On this day in 1960, two airplanes collide over New York City, killing 134 people on the planes and on the ground. The improbable mid-air collision is the only such accident to have occurred over a major city in U.S. history. It was a snowy morning in New York when a United DC-8 from Chicago was ...
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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:53:57 PM mt

Saturday Night Fever turns Travolta into movie star




On this day in 1977, Saturday Night Fever, a movie that ignites the disco dance craze across America, along with the movie career of its star, John Travolta, opens in theaters. Travolta earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his performance as 19-year-old Tony Manero, who during the week ...
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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:53:49 PM mt

Jane Austens birthday




English novelist Jane Austen is born on this day in 1775, the seventh of eight children of a clergyman in a country village in Hampshire, England. Jane was very close to her older sister, Cassandra, who remained her faithful editor and critic throughout her life. The girls had five years of formal ...
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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:53:39 PM mt

Edwards declares the Texas Republic of Fredonia




In an act that foreshadowed the American rebellions to come, Benjamin Edwards rides into Mexican-controlled Nacogdoches, Texas, and proclaims himself the ruler of the Republic of Fredonia. The brother of a corrupt backer of an American colony in Texas, Benjamin Edwards made the bold (and perhaps ...
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Saturday December 15, 2018 @ 10:53:30 PM mt

Clinton orders air attack on Iraq




On this day in 1998, President Bill Clinton announces he has ordered air strikes against Iraq because it refused to cooperate with United Nations (U.N.) weapons inspectors. Clintons decision did not have the support of key members of Congress, who accused Clinton of using the air strikes to direct ...
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