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Feb 17, 1801: Thomas Jefferson is Elected

On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson is elected the third president of the United States. The election constitutes the first peaceful transfer of power from one political party to another in the United States. By 1800, when he decided

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Feb 15, 1933: FDR Escapes Assassination in Miami

On this day in 1933, a deranged, unemployed brick layer named Giuseppe Zangara shouts Too many people are starving! and fires a gun at America’s president-elect, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt had just delivered a speech in Miami’s Bayfront Park from

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Feb 3, 1780: Early American Mass Murder Changes Common Perceptions of Crime

In one of the most famous crimes of post-Revolution America, Barnett Davenport commits an awful mass murder in rural Connecticut. Caleb Mallory, his wife, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren were killed in their home by their boarder, Davenport. Davenport, born in

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Jan 31, 1950: Truman Announces Development of H-Bomb

U.S. President Harry S. Truman publicly announces his decision to support the development of the hydrogen bomb, a weapon theorized to be hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II. Five months

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As Egyptians Push for Change, UN Ban Warns of “Political Instability”

Source: Inner City Press – By Matthew Russell Lee UNITED NATIONS, January 30 — As in Egypt protests calling for Hosni Mubarak to leave continue, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Addis Ababa was quoted that Egyptians “have the right

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Jan 29, 1843: William McKinley is Born

On this day in 1843, future President William McKinley is born in Niles, Ohio. McKinley fought bravely as a Union infantryman in the Civil War and was awarded a battlefield commission by Union officer and fellow future President Rutherford B.

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Censoring ‘The Kennedys’ Shows Media Double Standard

Source: The Bellingham Herald – By Glenn Garvin With heroic disdain for cheap reality shows and tawdry sexcoms, a big television network schedules a dramatic miniseries that takes a critical look at a popular  presidency. Rapacious corporate interests intervene, pressuring

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History Channel Pulls Kennedy Series: Censorship?

Source: The Atlantic Wire – By Eli Rosenberg The History Channel has decided not to air the mini-series The Kennedys, following pressure from the Kennedy family. Many are now accusing the network of censorship. After red flags were raised about

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Researcher Maps Extent of Internet Censorship Worldwide

Source: Infozine.com Around the globe, many of the 1.9 billion people using the Internet are restricted by national governments when they try to access open information. Governments block websites, monitor chat rooms and harass users of cyber cafes, among other

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Clout in Camelot

Source: newsworks – By: Dick Polman The Kennedys, shrewd authors of their own mythology, have always played hardball with the media. Way back in 1952, when the influential Boston Post newspaper was hinting that it would endorse Jack Kennedy’s senatorial opponent,

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