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Today in History: Millions Flee From Hurricane Floyd

On this day in 1999, millions of people evacuate their homes as Hurricane Floyd moves across the Atlantic Ocean. Over the next several days, deaths are recorded from the Bahamas to New England due to the powerful storm. Floyd began as a tropical storm on September 7 and attained hurricane status three days later. By September 12, its winds had reached 140 miles per hour as the storm approached the Virgin Is ...

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Today in History: Hurricane Gilbert Slams Jamaica

On this day in 1988 Hurricane Gilbert slams Jamaica killing hundreds of people. The storm went on to cause death and destruction in Mexico and spur a batch of tornadoes in Texas. On September 10, Gilbert attained hurricane status west of the Dominican Republic. Gaining strength, Gilbert slid past Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, heading straight for Jamaica. On September 12, the now Category 5 ...

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Today in History: In 2001 The Twin Towers in the United States of America Were Attacked

The September 11 attacks were a series of four suicide attacks coordinated by terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qeada in New York City and Washington D.C. On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. They intentionally piloted two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the North and Sout ...

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Today in History: Flash Flood Hits San Antonio in 1921

The San Antonio River floods on this day in 1921, killing 51 people and causing millions of dollars in damages. The flood was caused by some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Texas.The San Antonio River winds through southwest Texas, an area that is generally dry. However, on September 7, a storm stalled over the town of Taylor and dumped an astounding 23.11 inches of rain on the area in less than a ...

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Today in History: In 1930 a Hurricane Batters Dominican Republic

A powerful hurricane slams into the Dominican Republic, killing more than 8,000 people, on this day in 1930. September is a prime month for hurricanes in the Caribbean, as storms that form off the African coast move west and are fueled by waters in the island region that have been warming all summer long. The storm was first observed near the Windward Islands on August 31. The following day, it reached Domi ...

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Today in History: In 1962, Trinidad-Tobago Proclaimed Independence as a Commonwealth Realm Until 1976 When a Republic was Proclaimed

The island of Trinidad was a Spanish colony from the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1498 to the capitulation of the Spanish Governor, Don José Maria Chacón, on the arrival of a British fleet of 18 warships on 18 February 1797. During the same period, the island of Tobago changed hands between Spanish, British, French, Dutch and Courlander colonizers. Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, Trinid ...

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Today in History: In 1901, Executive Director of the NAACP Roy Wilkins was Born

Mr. Wilkins was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. Wilkins graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in sociology in 1923. After graudation, Wilkins worked as a journalist at The Minnesota Daily and became editor of St. Paul Appeal, an African-American newspaper. His most notable role was in his leadership of the National Association for the Ad ...

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Today in History: The First Completely Black Owned Radio Network in the World was Purchased

The Mutual Black Network or MBN was founded by the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1972, which was the first national full-service radio network aimed at African Americans. It broadcast an hourly 5 minute newscast at 50 minutes past the hour, and also aired sports and feature programs, and for one year beginning in the spring of 1974, a 15-minute daily soap opera called Sounds of the City. Some of its special ...

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