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11:15 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Datebook: May 29 - White Christmas Recorded 70 Years Ago

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, you'll have to wait a while. "White Christmas" was recorded by Bing Crosby and the Ken Darby Singers, with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, on this day in 1942, which would become the best-selling single of all-time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. 

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11:27 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Datebook: May 25 - Geek Pride Day

It's a good day to be a geek! Today is the 35 year anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars IV. It's also Towel Day, based on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, and The Glorious 25th of May from Discworld

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1:44 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Datebook: May 24 - Scott Carpenter Orbits Earth 50 Years Ago

Everyone knows John Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, but on this day Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit earth (and he did it three times!) aboard the Mercury-Atlas 7. 

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10:50 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Datebook: May 23 - World Turtle Day

Do you like turtles? Then today is a cause to celebrate! The American Tortoise Rescue sponsors the 12th annual World Turtle Day today, as an observance to protect turtles, tortoises, and their habitats. 

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11:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Datebook: May 22 - Tornado Destroys Joplin 1 Year Ago

Path of the Tornado in Joplin, MO
KOMUnews, Flickr, Wikimedia

On this day one year ago, a catastrophic EF5 multiple-vortex tornado, with a width of one mile ripped threw the southern part of Joplin, Missouri. With winds over 200 miles an hour, it raked eastward across the city and onto rural portions of Jasper and Newton counties. 

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2:48 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Datebook: May 21 - Michelangelo's Pieta Attacked 40 Years Ago

Michelangelo's Pieta is housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, commissioned for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres in 1498, to be his funeral monument. It's a famous masterpiece, renown for its classic beauty and naturalism, and emotionally moving scene of the body of Jesus resting in the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. It's also the only piece Michelangelo ever signed. 

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11:18 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Datebook: May 18 - Rhode Island 1st to Regulate Slavery, 360 Years Ago

Well before the Civil War, Rhode Island established the first law in North America regulating slavery. On this day, as part of the Acts and Orders of the General Court of Warwick, blacks or whites forced to serve another must be freed after 10 years upon arrival in Rhode Island. The fine: 40 pounds (money, not flesh). 

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2:54 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Datebook: May 17 - Buttonwood Agreement 220 Years Ago

The Buttonwood Agreement took place on this day in 1792, signed by 24 stock brokers on the sidewalk of 68 Wall Street, under a buttonwood tree. Their constitution was drafted in 1817, and began the New York Stock & Exchange Board, now called the New York Stock Exchange. 

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11:56 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Datebook: May 16 - Studs Terkel turns 100

Louis "Studs" Terkel may be best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans, his radio program, and for his 1985 book The Good War, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction. 

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11:58 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Datebook: May 15 - George Wallace Paralyzed 40 Years Ago

George Wallace was an American politician, and the 45th governor of Alabama. He earned the title, "the most influential loser" in 20th century politics after four runs for U.S. president (three as a Democrat and once with the American Independent Party). On this day in 1972, an assassination attempt left Wallace paralyzed and bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. While campaigning in Maryland, he was shot five times by Arthur Bremer, who claimed he was motivated by fame.

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