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This Day in History – Civil War

The South loses one of its boldest and most colorful generals on this day, when 39-year-old Thomas J. Jackson dies of pneumonia a week after his own troops accidentally fired on him during the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia

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This Day in History – Scientology

On this day in 1950, this author publishes Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. With this book, he introduced a branch of self-help psychology called Dianetics, which quickly caught fire and, over time, morphed into a belief system boasting millions of subscribers: Scientology

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This Day in History – American Indian Movement

On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, armed members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) surrender to federal authorities, ending their 71-day siege of this site of the infamous massacre of 300 Sioux by the U

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This Day in History – Tragedy

On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, this British ocean liner is torpedoed without warning by a German submarine off the south coast of Ireland. Within 20 minutes, the vessel sank into the Celtic Sea. Of 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,198 people were drowned, including 128 Americans

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This Day in History – Disasters

On this day in 1937, this German airship, the largest dirigible ever built, explodes as it arrives in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people died in the fiery accident that has since become iconic, in part because of the live radio broadcast of the disaster

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This Day in History – Organizations

On this day in 1980, 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, California, is walking along a quiet road on her way to a church carnival when a car swerves out of control, striking and killing her. Cari's tragic death compelled her mother, Candy Lightner, to found this organization commonly referred to by its initials, which would grow into one of the country's most influential non-profit organizations

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This Day in History – Red Scare

This senator from Wisconsin succumbs to illness exacerbated by alcoholism and passes away at age 48. He had been a key figure in the anticommunist hysteria popularly known as the "Red Scare" that engulfed the United States in the years following World War II

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This Day in History – New York City

On this day in 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates this building in New York City, pressing a button from the White House that turns on the building's lights. Hoover's gesture, of course, was symbolic; while the president remained in Washington, D

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This Day in History – Controversial Verdict

A jury of 10 whites, one Hispanic, and one Filipina in the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley acquits four police officers who had been charged with using excessive force in arresting this African-American motorist a year earlier

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This Day in History – Nuclear Disaster

On April 26 in 1986, the world's worst nuclear accident to date occurs near Kiev in Ukraine. The full toll from this disaster is still being tallied, but experts believe that thousands of people died and as many as 70,000 suffered severe poisoning

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