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Message 9881 - Posted: 1 Aug 2008 | 1:18:22 UTC

1971: Apollo 15 finds rock from birth of Moon
On the second day of the Apollo 15 mission, astronauts have uncovered a rock which may date back to the origin of the Moon.
The so-called Genesis rock was found by lunar module pilots David Scott and James Irwin when they dug into the slope of Spur crater, on the flank of the Apennine Mountains.

They were there on the second "moon safari", travelling for the first time in a custom-built lunar rover vehicle.

The rover, which looks like a four-wheeled Jeep, has enabled the astronauts to spend more time away from the lunar module than ever before, and to go several miles away from the lunar lander, Falcon.

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Message 9890 - Posted: 1 Aug 2008 | 18:33:05 UTC

New London Bridge Opens (1831)
In 1831, the more than 600-year-old fire-damaged London Bridge was replaced with a new, five-arched, granite bridge. Designed by John Rennie, the New London Bridge spanned the city's River Thames for over a century. In 1968, it was purchased by American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it has since become Arizona's second biggest tourist attraction after the Grand Canyon.

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Message 9917 - Posted: 4 Aug 2008 | 10:31:22 UTC

Feudalism Abolished in France (1789)
Less than a month after the storming of the Bastille, the National Assembly held a meeting in which the nobles and clergy, driven partly by fear and partly by an outburst of idealism, relinquished their manorial rights. In the course of a few hours, nobles, clergy, towns, provinces, companies, and cities lost their special privileges. Shortly afterward, the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen

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Message 9923 - Posted: 4 Aug 2008 | 16:19:53 UTC - in response to Message 9917.
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Feudalism Abolished in France (1789)
Less than a month after the storming of the Bastille, the National Assembly held a meeting in which the nobles and clergy, driven partly by fear and partly by an outburst of idealism, relinquished their manorial rights. In the course of a few hours, nobles, clergy, towns, provinces, companies, and cities lost their special privileges. Shortly afterward, the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen


Thats Awesome that came from the start of all that!
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Message 9939 - Posted: 5 Aug 2008 | 1:50:41 UTC

In 1916, the United States reached agreement with Denmark to purchase the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.

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In 1916, the United States reached agreement with Denmark to purchase the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.



Aren't those the islands we use for biological and weapons testing? Edit: It would be nice if we could keep buying other lands like back in the early days in my opinion. Just mine though don't take it the wrong way :) Some might say buying would be way better then attacking or whatever you wish to call it.
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Message 9986 - Posted: 7 Aug 2008 | 2:18:58 UTC

End of the Holy Roman Empire: Francis II Abdicates (1806)
Francis II, last of the Holy Roman Emperors, came to power shortly before the outbreak of war with Napoleon's France. His armies were defeated, and he ceded the left bank of the Rhine to France but was granted Venetia and Dalmatia. In 1798, he joined the Second Coalition against France, but he was again defeated and eventually consented to the virtual dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire

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Message 10001 - Posted: 7 Aug 2008 | 22:15:00 UTC

Thor Heyerdahl Lands in Polynesia (1947)
Heyerdahl was a great adventurer with a background in zoology and geography. His real passion, however, lay in cultural anthropology, and he theorized that the first settlers of Polynesia were of South American origin. To support this theory, he and 5 companions made the crossing from Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago on a primitive log raft. Heyerdahl describes the voyage in the international bestseller Kon-Tiki

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Message 10044 - Posted: 10 Aug 2008 | 20:47:52 UTC

Ferdinand Magellan Sets Sail to Circumnavigate Globe (1519)
Magellan's expedition sailed down the South American coast, through the Straight of Magellan, and across the Pacific Ocean, which Magellan himself named. The voyage proved definitively the roundness of the earth and revealed the Americas as a new world, separate from Asia. Though Magellan is often credited with being the first to circumnavigate the globe, he himself died in the Philippines and never returned to Europe

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Message 10059 - Posted: 11 Aug 2008 | 20:55:58 UTC

The great Andrew Carnegie passed away today in 1837. He started the company Carnegie Steel Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which later merged with other steel companies to create US Steel. He also helped create the first sleeper cars for railroads, which also got him a load of money. He was a major philanthropist with the millions he made, focusing on education and the fine arts. Among his gifts were Carnegie Mellon University, some 3000 Carnegie libraries all over the world, 7000 church organs, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Carnegie Hero Fund, and numerous other causes throughout the world.
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Message 10065 - Posted: 12 Aug 2008 | 10:20:34 UTC

On this date:

In 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

In 1898, fighting in the Spanish-American War came to an end.

In 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.

In 1960, the first balloon satellite, the Echo 1, was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In 1962, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet Union also sent up cosmonaut Pavel Popovich; both men landed safely Aug. 15.

In 1978, Pope Paul VI, who had died Aug. 6 at age 80, was buried in St. Peter's Basilica.

In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150.

In 1985, the world's worst single-aircraft disaster occurred as a crippled Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people.

In 1988, the controversial movie "The Last Temptation of Christ," directed by Martin Scorsese, opened in nine cities despite objections by some Christians who felt the film was sacrilegious.

In 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk and its 118-man crew were lost during naval exercises in the Barents Sea.

Ten years ago: Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.2 billion as restitution to Holocaust survivors to settle claims for their assets.

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Message 10098 - Posted: 14 Aug 2008 | 1:02:56 UTC

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In 1521, Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured Tenochtitlan, present-day Mexico City, from the Aztecs.

In 1624, French King Louis XIII named Cardinal Richelieu his first minister.

In 1704, the Battle of Blenheim was fought during the War of the Spanish Succession, resulting in a victory for English-led forces over French and Bavarian soldiers.

In 1846, the American flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles.

In 1889, William Gray of Hartford, Conn., received a patent for a coin-operated telephone.

In 1910, Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, died in London at age 90.

In 1932, Adolf Hitler rejected the post of vice-chancellor of Germany, saying he was prepared to hold out "for all or nothing."

In 1934, the satirical comic strip "Li'l Abner," created by Al Capp, made its debut.

In 1960, the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite took place with the help of Echo 1

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Message 10113 - Posted: 15 Aug 2008 | 21:35:11 UTC

World War II: Victory over Japan Day (1945)
Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) celebrates the surrender of Japan, the last Axis power to yield during WWII, and the subsequent end of the war. Though Japan's surrender was announced on Aug 15, the terms were not signed until Sept 2.

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Message 10120 - Posted: 16 Aug 2008 | 20:17:28 UTC

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.

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In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington.

In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain's Queen Victoria to President Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc.

In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

In 1960, Britain ceded control of the crown colony of Cyprus.

In 1978, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told a Capitol Hill hearing he did not commit the crime, saying he'd been set up by a mysterious man called "Raoul."

In 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit.

In 2000, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles nominated Al Gore for president.

Ten years ago: Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland united in uncomprehending grief over the car bomb slaughter of 29 people in Omagh a day earlier. A day before President Clinton was to face a criminal grand jury concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, his lawyer said, "The truth is the truth, and that's how the president will testify."

Five years ago: The Midwest and Northeast were almost fully recovered from the worst power outage in U.S. history. A car driven by U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow ran a stop sign on a rural road in South Dakota and collided with motorcyclist Randy Scott, who died in the accident. Idi Amin, the former dictator of Uganda, died in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia; he was believed to have been about 80.

One year ago: Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant, was convicted in Miami of helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks. (Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb," was later sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison on the unrelated terror support charges.) A cave-in killed three rescuers in the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah; the search for six trapped miners was later abandoned.

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Message 10135 - Posted: 18 Aug 2008 | 1:57:03 UTC

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 17, 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round-trip between New York and Albany.

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In 1863, Federal batteries and ships began bombarding South Carolina's Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor during the Civil War, but the Confederates managed to hold on despite several days of pounding.

In 1896, a prospecting party discovered gold in Canada's Yukon territory, a finding that touched off the Klondike gold rush.

In 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Ga., lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. (Frank, who'd maintained his innocence, was pardoned by Georgia in 1986.)

In 1942, during World War II, U.S. 8th Air Force bombers attacked Rouen, France.

In 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.

In 1948, former State Department official Alger Hiss faced his chief accuser, Whittaker Chambers, during a closed-door meeting in New York of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and repeated his denial that he'd ever been a Communist agent.

In 1969, 256 people were killed as Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast.

In 1978, the first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight ended as Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman landed their Double Eagle II outside Paris.

In 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93, an apparent suicide.

In 1988, Pakistani President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq and U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel were killed in a mysterious plane crash.

Ten years ago: President Clinton gave grand jury testimony via closed-circuit television from the White House concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky; he then delivered a TV address in which he denied previously committing perjury, admitted his relationship with Lewinsky was "wrong," and criticized Kenneth Starr's investigation. Russia allowed the ruble to drop in value by up to 34 percent. The Federal Reserve Board approved the merger of NationsBank and BankAmerica.

Five years ago: Federal investigators joined industry teams in the search for clues into what triggered the country's worst power blackout in the Midwest and Northeast as the Bush administration promised to get answers and address whatever problem was found. Insurgents attacked a police station in Afghanistan, killing some two dozen people.

One year ago: Hurricane Dean roared into the eastern Caribbean, tearing away roofs, flooding streets and causing at least three deaths on small islands as the powerful storm headed on a collision course with Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. A dike on a river in eastern China broke, flooding three coal mines and killing 181 miners.

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Message 10285 - Posted: 22 Aug 2008 | 22:30:36 UTC

Edvard Munch's The Scream is Stolen at Gunpoint (2004)
There are four painted versions and one lithograph of Edvard Munch's most famous work, The Scream, an expressionist depiction of the existential agony of modern man. In 2004, the version belonging to the Munch Museum was stolen at gunpoint. A different version of the same painting had been stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in 1994 but was fortunately recovered in a sting operation that same year

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Message 10390 - Posted: 25 Aug 2008 | 1:21:28 UTC

Potato Chips First Prepared (1853)

It is believed that the original potato chip recipe was created by chef George Crum at a restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY. Fed up with a customer who continued to send his fried potatoes back, complaining that they were too thick and soggy, Crum decided to slice the potatoes so thinly that they couldn't be eaten with a fork. The customer was delighted, and the chips became a regular item on the lodge's menu

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Message 10471 - Posted: 28 Aug 2008 | 15:10:19 UTC

"I Have a Dream," Says Martin Luther King, Jr (1963)

King was a leading figure in the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s. His "I Have a Dream" speech was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Considered one of the finest speeches in the history of American oratory, it powerfully and eloquently expresses King's desire for a future in which blacks and whites can live harmoniously as equals

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Message 10500 - Posted: 1 Sep 2008 | 21:33:59 UTC

Last Passenger Pigeon Dies in Captivity (1914)

Billions of passenger pigeons inhabited eastern North America in the early 19th century, migrating in enormous flocks that darkened the skies for days at a time. Their abundant numbers made them a popular source of cheap meat for slaves and the poor, but by the early 20th century, overhunting, deforestation, and a possible epidemic led to their extinction

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Message 10693 - Posted: 15 Sep 2008 | 13:43:28 UTC

September 15, 1978
Ali defeats Spinks to win world heavyweight championship

On this day in 1978, boxer Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Following his victory, Ali retired from boxing, only to make a brief comeback two years later. Ali, who once claimed he could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," left the sport permanently in 1981.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 14, 1942, the future world champ changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam. He earned a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and made his professional boxing debut against Tunney Husaker in October 1960, winning the bout in six rounds. On February 25, 1964, Ali defeated the heavily favored Sonny Liston in six rounds to become heavyweight champ, after which he famously declared, "I am the greatest!"

During the Vietnam War, Ali refused to be inducted into the U.S. armed forces and in 1967 was convicted of draft evasion and banned from boxing for three years. He stayed out of prison as his case was appealed and returned to the ring in October 1970, knocking out Jerry Quarry in Atlanta in the third round. On March 8, 1971, Ali fought Joe Frazier in the "Fight of the Century" and lost after 15 rounds, the first loss of his professional boxing career. In June 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Ali's conviction for evading the draft.

At a January 1974 rematch at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Ali defeated Frazier in 12 rounds. In October of that same year, an underdog Ali bested George Foreman and reclaimed his heavyweight champion belt at the heavily hyped "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire, with a knockout in the eighth round. On February 15, 1978, in Las Vegas, an aging Ali lost the title to Leon Spinks in a 15-round split decision. For Spinks, who was born in 1953 and won a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, the fight was just the eighth of his professional career. However, seven months later, on September 15, Ali won the title back, in a unanimous 15-round decision.

In June 1979, Ali announced he was retiring from boxing. On October 2, 1980, he returned to the ring and fought heavyweight champ Larry Holmes, who knocked him out in the 11th round. After losing to Trevor Berbick on December 11, 1981, Ali left the ring for the last time, with a record of 56 wins, five losses and 37 knockouts. In 1984, he was revealed to have Parkinson's disease. Spinks retired from boxing in 1995 with a record of 26 wins, 17 losses and 14 knockouts.

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Message 10698 - Posted: 15 Sep 2008 | 17:00:05 UTC

Given the current state of the financial markets, it's interesting to note that on On September 15, 1998 the new company, MCI WorldCom, opened for business. WorldCom and MCI Communications had implemented their US$37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom, making it the largest merger in US history. Later, in 2000, MCI WorldCom renamed itself 'WorldCom'.

On July 21, 2002, WorldCom filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the largest such filing in United States history at the time. The WorldCom bankruptcy proceedings were held before U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez who simultaneously heard the Enron bankruptcy proceedings which were the second largest largest bankruptcy case resulting from one of the largest corporate fraud scandals.

On March 15, 2005 Bernard Ebbers was found guilty of all charges and convicted of fraud, conspiracy and filing false documents with regulators — all related to the $11 billion accounting scandal at the telecommunications company he founded. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Other former WorldCom officials charged with criminal penalties in relation to the company's financial misstatements include former CFO Scott Sullivan (entered a guilty plea on March 2, 2004 to one count each of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and filing false statements), former controller David Myers (pleaded guilty to securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and filing false statements on September 27, 2002), former accounting director Buford Yates (pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges on October 7, 2002), and former accounting managers Betty Vinson and Troy Normand (both pleading guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud on October 10, 2002).
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Sept 19, 1987: my missus married me!

We have been happily married for nearly 2 years now.

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Message 11265 - Posted: 23 Oct 2008 | 16:27:46 UTC


Peyo Introduces The Smurfs (1958)
The Smurfs, or Les Schtroumpfs in French, are a fictional race of small blue creatures that live in a forest somewhere in Europe. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world, but English-speakers perhaps know them best from the Hanna-Barbera Productions animated television series. The Smurf franchise has spawned movies, television shows, figurines, and countless other merchandise.

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Message 11290 - Posted: 24 Oct 2008 | 17:40:36 UTC

Commercial Concorde Service Suspended (2003)


The Concorde, which began commercial operation in 1976, was the only supersonic passenger jet to provide long-standing service to the public. It was built through a partnership between Britain and France and became a source of national pride among their citizens. The Concorde could cross the Atlantic in just over three hours, but the aircraft was retired in 2003 due to falling demand, rising maintenance costs, and safety issues.

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Message 11351 - Posted: 30 Oct 2008 | 21:52:37 UTC

"Rumble in the Jungle" Fought (1974)

The "Rumble in the Jungle" pitted Muhammad Ali against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Zaire, Africa. The match is remembered for the sweltering heat and for Ali's incredible performance in regaining the heavyweight title. Ali, surrounded by spellbound fans, used a strategy later dubbed the "rope-a-dope" technique to tire Foreman before winning in the eighth round. This fight was Don King's first venture as a professional boxing promoter.

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Message 11396 - Posted: 3 Nov 2008 | 1:29:51 UTC

Bartholomew I Becomes Patriarch of Constantinople (1991)


The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople serves as the Archbishop of Constantinople and as spiritual leader and chief spokesperson for the Eastern Orthodox Churches. The current Patriarch, Bartholomew I, has been particularly active internationally, working to rebuild the Orthodox Churches of the former Eastern Bloc following the fall of Communism, and also continuing reconciliation dialogues with the Roman Catholic Church

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Message 11684 - Posted: 25 Nov 2008 | 10:34:18 UTC

Battle of Montgisard (1177)

At the Battle of Montgisard, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, established by the First Crusade and led by Baldwin IV, defeated the renowned Kurdish military general Saladin. Learning of Saladin's plans to invade from Egypt, Baldwin's forces surprised his army en route and were triumphant despite inferior numbers. The kingdom enjoyed a year of peace before Saladin renewed his attacks, prompting another decade of warfare

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Message 14511 - Posted: 22 Mar 2009 | 0:48:49 UTC

Alcatraz Closes (1963)

Alcatraz, a rocky island in western California's San Francisco Bay, served as a federal prison housing the country's most dangerous criminals from 1934 to 1963. It became a National Recreation Area in 1972, and by the mid-1990s it was attracting almost a million visitors a year. Nicknamed "The Rock," Alcatraz was a symbol of the impregnable maximum security fortress prison. During its 29 years of operation, 34 prisoners attempted escapes, but only three may have succeeded.

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Women's Rights Convention Opens in Seneca Falls, NY (1848)

This two-day event was the first women's rights convention held in the US and is often cited as the birthplace of the feminist movement. At the conference, women issued a call for the US government to grant them equal rights, including the right to vote and to maintain custody of children after divorce. Though the first session was intended to be for women only, men who came were not turned away.

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Message 17796 - Posted: 30 Aug 2009 | 23:42:06 UTC

Socialist Revolutionary Shoots Lenin (1918)

Fanny Kaplan was a political revolutionary who was executed for attempting to assassinate Vladimir Lenin. She became disillusioned with Lenin as a result of the conflict between the Socialist Revolutionaries and the Bolshevik party and decided to take action, shooting Lenin three times as he exited a Moscow factory. Though she confessed to the shooting, it has been suggested that Kaplan could not have been responsible for the assassination attempt.

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Message 17798 - Posted: 30 Aug 2009 | 23:44:15 UTC

257 St Sixtus II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1757 Battle at Gross Jagerndorf: Russian army beats Prussia [OS=Aug 19]

1894 Frederick Lugards expedition to Niger

1937 Joe Louis beats Tommy Farr in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1987 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)

1991 Mike Powell of US, sets then long jump record at 29' 4½" (8.95m)

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1983 I made a suggestion to my then girlfriend (and now wife). She slapped my face for the first time.

2009 Still hoping.

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A double event. My wife and I have been both happily married for a year and married for 22 years. :)

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Message 18452 - Posted: 9 Oct 2009 | 17:51:06 UTC

First North Korean Nuclear Test (2006)

In 1994, North Korea signed the "Agreed Framework," consenting to freeze its plutonium production program, but it covertly continued to pursue nuclear technology. On October 3, 2006, North Korea announced its intention to detonate a nuclear device. The test was conducted six days later, but its explosive force was so small that many question whether the test was truly successful.

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The Pied Piper Abducts the Children of Hamelin (1284)

According to a centuries-old legend set in Hamelin, Germany, the Pied Piper was hired by local residents in 1284 to rid the town of rats, which he did by charming them with music and leading them to the river to drown. When the citizens refused to pay him the agreed upon price, he exacted his revenge by charming away their children. Famous versions of the legend were immortalized by Goethe, Robert Browning, and the Brothers Grimm.

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