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FYI December 07, 2017

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, makes landfall. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die. The Great Storm of 1703 was a destructive extratropical cyclone that struck central and southern England on 26 November 1703 (7 December 1703 in …

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FYI December 06, 2017

1928 – The government of Colombia sends military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths. The United Fruit Company was an American corporation that traded in tropical fruit (primarily bananas), grown on Central and South American plantations, and sold in the United States and …

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This Day in Aviation History December 6th, 1957 First flight of the Lockheed L-188 Electra.

First flight of the Lockheed L-188 Electra. This Day in Aviation History December 6th, 1957 First flight of the Lockheed L-188 Electra. The Lockheed L-188 Electra is an American turboprop airliner built by Lockheed. First flown in 1957, it was the first large turboprop airliner built in the United States. Initial sales were good, but …

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FYI December 05, 2017

63 BC – Cicero gives the fourth and final of the Catiline Orations. The Catiline or Catilinarian Orations is a set of speeches to the Roman Senate given in 63 BC by Marcus Tullius Cicero, one of the year’s consuls, accusing Lucius Sergius Catilina (Catiline) of leading a plot to overthrow the Roman government. Some …

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FYI December 04, 2017

1991 – Pan American World Airways ceases its operations after 64 years. Pan American World Airways, known from its founding until 1950 as Pan American Airways[1] and commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse on December 4, 1991. Founded in …

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FYI: Pamela Anderson Says Weinstein’s Accusers Should Have Known Better [Update]

By Whitney Kimball: Pamela Anderson Says Weinstein’s Accusers Should Have Known Better [Update] UPDATE: Anderson has published an explanation on her blog, which appears to be the full text version of what she’d written to TMZ. Here is the letter: I think this narrative of “victim blaming” and “lack of solidarity” is trying to coerce …

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FYI December 03, 2017

1898 – The Duquesne Country and Athletic Club defeated an all-star collection of early football players 16-0, in what is considered to be the very first all-star game for professional American football. The Duquesne Country and Athletic Club was a professional football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1895 until 1900. The team was considered …

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FYI December 02, 2017

1845 – Manifest destiny: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James K. Polk proposes that the United States should aggressively expand into the West. In the 19th century, manifest destiny was a widely held belief in the United States that its settlers were destined to expand across North America. There are three …

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FYI December 01, 2017

1865 – Shaw University, the first historically black university in the southern United States, is founded in Raleigh, North Carolina. Shaw University, founded as the Raleigh Institute, is a private liberal arts institution and historically black university (HBCU) in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Founded on December 1, 1865, it is the oldest HBCU in …

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FYI November 30, 2017

1886 – The Folies Bergère stages its first revue. The Folies Bergère (French pronunciation: ​[fɔ.li bɛʁ.ʒɛʁ]) is a cabaret music hall, located in Paris, France. Established in 1869, the house was at the height of its fame and popularity from the 1890s’ Belle Époque through the 1920s. The institution is still in business, and is …

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