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The iconic American huckster, showman and circus entrepreneur P. Barnum is most often associated not with refined high culture but of somewhat coarser forms of entertainment—the circus, yes, but also Siamese twins and various human oddities such as “Zip the Pinhead” and the “Man-monkey.” It was none other than P. On this day in 1836, Narcissa Whitman arrives in Walla Walla, Washington, becoming one of the first Anglo women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains. Jones III leads a mission near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam, to rescue a downed pilot.

Narcissa and Marcus Whitman, along with their close friends Eliza and Henry Spalding, had departed from New York earlier that year on the long overland... government to pull its troops out of Southeast Asia. Locating the pilot, who had activated his emergency locator beacon, Colonel Jones attacked a nearby gun emplacement. Senate rejects the Mc Govern-Hatfield amendment by a vote of 55-39.

On this day in 2004, an armed gang of Chechen separatist rebels enters a school in southern Russia and takes more than 1,000 people hostage.

The rebels demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from the disputed nearby region of Chechnya. On this day in 2007, Into the Wild, a film directed and co-written by Sean Penn and based on the true story of a young adventurer who died in Alaska, debuts at the Telluride Film Festival before opening in wide release the following month. Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), is born on this day in Minneapolis.

The town of Hinckley, Minnesota, is destroyed by a forest fire on this day in 1894. The upper Midwest was particularly vulnerable to devastating fires at the end of the 19th century as European settlers cleared the land for agriculture and timber... He was acquitted on the grounds that, though he had conspired against the United States, he was not guilty of...

The Confederates retreated, destroying the city’s munitions as they went.On this day in 1802, the Richmond Recorder publishes a report that Thomas Jefferson, at the time temporarily retired from politics and living on his plantation, Monticello, kept one of his female slaves as a mistress. De Gaulle said that negotiations toward a settlement of the war could begin as soon as the United... On his second pass, Colonel Jones’ aircraft was hit and the cockpit... This legislation, proposed by Senators George Mc Govern of South Dakota and Mark Hatfield of Oregon, would have set a deadline of December 31, 1971, for complete withdrawal of American troops from South Vietnam. On this day in 1917, American soldier Stull Holt writes a letter home recounting some of his battlefield experiences on the Western Front at Verdun, France.The article gave only the woman’s first name, “Sally,” but was most likely referring... Murakami pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the San Francisco Giants in a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets in front of 39,379 fans at Shea Stadium. In a speech before 100,000 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, President Charles de Gaulle of France denounces U. Born in New York City in 1896, Holt served during World War I as a driver with the American Ambulance Field Service. On this day in 1939, German forces bombard Poland on land and from the air, as Adolf Hitler seeks to regain lost territory and ultimately rule Poland. The German invasion of Poland was a primer on how Hitler intended to wage war–what would become the “blitzkrieg”...Britain’s King George III, however, refused to receive the petition, which, written by John Dickinson, appealed directly to the king and expressed hope for reconciliation...Following his brilliant victory at the Second Battle of Bull Run two days earlier, Confederate General Robert E.