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A modified Army CH-47, known as HISS or Helicopter Icing Spray System, showers NASA?s DHC-6 Twin Otter plan with water near Cleveland.

No one could doubt Robert Fry’s aviation experience. He had already made national headlines in 1928 as a Marine pilot in China, when he wrestled his plane through a violent storm and made an almost impossible forced landing in the middle of a shocked force of hostile Chinese troops. There was therefore no question that he knew how to handle the TWA Fokker trimotor aircraft that departed from Kansas City, only a little delayed on the stormy evening of March 31, 1931.

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The lure of white sand beaches, citrus groves, and the glitter of Disney World and Miami, has often diverted the spotlight from Florida’s rich historical heritage.

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 The Truth about Brigham Young
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September 29, 2008

Before too many readers get seduced by Mr. Rammell's outrage over the purported sliming of Brigham Young and our ancestors (yes,...


Re: The Awful March of the Saints
Posted by American Heritage Staff at 07:00 AM  EST
September 18, 2008

I am disappointed that American Heritage has published such an undocumented, prejudicial and inaccurate account of a tragic...


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Today in History
February 21

1972: President Richard Nixon arrives in China for a week-long trip that begins a warmer period of diplomatic relations between the United States and China.

1965: Malcolm X is assassinated.

1916: The Battle of Verdun begins.

1842: John J. Greenough patents the sewing machine.

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February 21

“I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British, instead of the other way around, I might have got here on my own.”

Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, December 26, 1941

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