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This Day in History – November 7

On October 7 in 1991, this basketball legend stuns the world by announcing his sudden retirement after testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – November 5

On this day in 1994, this fighter, age 45, becomes boxing's oldest heavyweight champion when he defeats 26-year-old Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – November 4

On November 4 in 1979, hundreds of students storm the U.S. Embassy in this country, taking more than 60 American hostages.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – November 3

On November 3 in 1948, this newspaper jumps the gun and mistakenly declares New York Governor Thomas Dewey the winner of his presidential race with incumbent Harry S. Truman in a front-page headline: "Dewey Defeats Truman

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This Day in History – October 30

On October 30 in 1938 this future movie legend and Academy Award winner causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of "War of the Worlds" — a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth

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This Day in History – October 29

On October 29 in 1618, this famous English adventurer, writer, and favorite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, is beheaded in London, under a sentence brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I

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This Day in History – October 28

On October 28 in 1965, construction is completed on this spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – October 27

On this day in 1858, this future President is born in New York City to a wealthy family. He was home-schooled and then attended Harvard University, graduating in 1880. He served in the New York state legislature from 1881 to 1884

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This Day in History – October 24

On this day in 1969, this movie, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as a team of bank robbers in the Old West, opens in theaters around the United States. The film was a commercial and critical success, receiving seven Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director) and winning in the categories of Best Screenplay (William Goldman), Best Song (Burt Bacharach’s “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”), Best Score and Best Cinematography

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This Day in History – October 23

On October 23, 2002, about 50 rebels storm a theater in this city, taking up to 700 people hostage during a sold-out performance of a popular musical. Most of the rebels and 120 hostages were killed during an attempted rescue

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