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In 2001, in Washington, the search for deadly anthrax widened to thousands of businesses and 30 mail distribution centers, and more events tha…

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“Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale” by Kate Lister; Thames & Hudson (256 pages, $35) ——— Vice has its price. As long as humans have been having sex, they’ve been selling it. Usually, it only fetched a few dollars. But very rarely, it brought the kind of rich man’s favor that created courtesans. Whatever the final cost, humans have a way of turning carnal attraction into ...

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In 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities unprecedented ability to search, seize, detain or eavesdrop i…

In 1962, during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson II demanded that Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin c…

In 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect, and more events that happened on this day in history.

In 2011, Libya’s interim rulers declared the country liberated, formally marking the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year tyranny, and more events…

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In 1962, in a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction i…

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In 1967, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters began two days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and more events that happened on th…

In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration in the U.S. motion pictu…

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In 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value, in what came to be known a…

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In 2011, Republican presidential candidates laced into each other in a debate; Mitt Romney emerged as still the person to beat, and more event…

In 1989, an earthquake measuring 6.9 in magnitude struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage, and mo…

The Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile …

In 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supr…

In 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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In 2010, rescuers in Chile using a missile-like escape capsule pulled 33 men one by one to fresh air and freedom 69 days after they were trapp…

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In 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president, and m…

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Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard, and…

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In 2014, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives for the right of children t…

In 1967, Marxist revolutionary guerrilla leader Che Guevara, 39, was summarily executed by the Bolivian army a day after his capture, and more…

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