Year
1969

South Vietnamese battle communists along the Cambodian border

In the biggest battle in four months, South Vietnamese infantry, supported by U.S. planes and artillery, clash with North Vietnamese troops for 10 hours near Duc Lop near the Cambodian border. Eighty communist troops were reported killed. South Vietnamese losses included 24 killed and 38 wounded.

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Yitzhak Rabin assassinated

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Iranians storm U.S. embassy

Student followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini send shock waves across America when they storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The radical Islamic fundamentalists took 90 hostages. The students were enraged that the deposed Shah had been allowed to enter the United States for medical ...read more

End of an era for the Yankees

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Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd

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Will Rogers is born in Oklahoma

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T.S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize in literature

On this day in 1948, T.S. Eliot wins the Nobel Prize in literature, for his profound effect on the direction of modern poetry. Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a long-established family. His grandfather had founded Washington University in St. Louis, his father was a ...read more

Dances with Wolves debuts

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Heavy rain leads to flooding in New England

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Soviets crush Hungarian revolt

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Battle of Johnsonville, Tennessee

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