This Day in History
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Freckleton Air Disaster (1944)
On the morning of August 23, 1944, an American B-24 bomber aircraft crashed into the village of Freckleton in Lancashire, England, during a fierce storm. The plane hit the Holy Trinity School, three houses, and a snack bar for American servicemen. Fuel from the plane's ruptured fuel tank created an inferno. Of the 61 people killed in the crash and fire, 38 were children. What reportedly widespread belief among the American airmen about British weather may have contributed to the disaster? Discuss

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BBC On This Day | Front Page
last updated: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 17:55:28 GMT

1983: US troops invade Grenada
American forces seize control of the Caribbean island of Grenada less than a week after a left-wing coup in which the prime minister, Maurice Bishop, was killed.

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August 23, 1902: Fannie Farmer opens cooking school

On this day in 1902, pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer, who changed the way Americans prepare food by advocating the use of standardized measurements in recipes, opens Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston. In addition to teaching women about cooking, Farmer later educated medical professionals about the importance of proper nutrition for the sick.

Farmer was born March 23, 1857, and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. Her family believed in education for women and Farmer attended Medford High School; however, as a teenager she suffered a paralytic stroke that turned her into a homebound invalid for a period of years. As a result, she was unable to complete high school or attend college and her illness left her with a permanent limp. When she was in her early 30s, Farmer attended the Boston Cooking School. Founded in 1879, the school promoted a scientific approach to food preparation and trained women to become cooking teachers at a time when their employment opportunities were limited. Farmer graduated from the program in 1889 and in 1891 became the school’s principal. In 1896, she published her first cookbook, The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, which included a wide range of straightforward recipes along with information on cooking and sanitation techniques, household management and nutrition. Farmer’s book became a bestseller and revolutionized American cooking through its use of precise measurements, a novel culinary concept at the time.

In 1902, Farmer left the Boston Cooking School and founded Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery. In addition to running her school, she traveled to speaking engagements around the U.S. and continued to write cookbooks. In 1904, she published Food and Cookery for the Sick and Convalescent, which provided food recommendations for specific diseases, nutritional information for children and information about the digestive system, among other topics. Farmer’s expertise in the areas of nutrition and illness led her to lecture at Harvard Medical School.

Farmer died January 15, 1915, at age 57. After Farmer’s death, Alice Bradley, who taught at Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery, took over the business and ran it until the mid-1940s. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook is still in print today.

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last updated: Fri, 09 Sep 2011 19:33:08 +0000

WorldHistory101: More great resources: the History Channel http://t.co/P0yDU4P the Library of Congress http://t.co/3GGXZtg & Wikipedia http://t.co/Vx3B2wy
WorldHistory101: More great resources: the History Channel http://t.co/P0yDU4P the Library of Congress http://t.co/3GGXZtg & Wikipedia http://t.co/Vx3B2wy

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WorldHistory101: For "This Day in History" facts, the New York Times is a great source: http://t.co/6sV9CbC Also, the BBC: http://t.co/auydR7v
WorldHistory101: For "This Day in History" facts, the New York Times is a great source: http://t.co/6sV9CbC Also, the BBC: http://t.co/auydR7v

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WorldHistory101: "Are you guys ready? Let's roll." — Todd Beamer, one of the heroic passengers on United Flight 93 http://t.co/dchlJQC http://t.co/hocr1Qm
WorldHistory101: "Are you guys ready? Let's roll." — Todd Beamer, one of the heroic passengers on United Flight 93 http://t.co/dchlJQC http://t.co/hocr1Qm

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WorldHistory101: I join with all those who honor the memory of the 3,000 innocent victims of 9/11. http://t.co/W88HACq http://t.co/ezumwsb
WorldHistory101: I join with all those who honor the memory of the 3,000 innocent victims of 9/11. http://t.co/W88HACq http://t.co/ezumwsb

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WorldHistory101: RT @newsman787 RT @LATimesbiz: Twitter: 100 million active users and no plans to go public soon http://t.co/WIvedNd
WorldHistory101: RT @newsman787 RT @LATimesbiz: Twitter: 100 million active users and no plans to go public soon http://t.co/WIvedNd

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WorldHistory101: #FF For the facts (& informed opinion): @SteveSebelius @RalstonFlash @elizcrum @JonHumbert @Mitch_Fox @EdwardLawrence @HistoryNevada
WorldHistory101: #FF For the facts (& informed opinion): @SteveSebelius @RalstonFlash @elizcrum @JonHumbert @Mitch_Fox @EdwardLawrence @HistoryNevada

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WorldHistory101: Born September 9: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), one of the world's greatest novelists ("War and Peace", "Anna Karenina"). http://t.co/R8iMVow
WorldHistory101: Born September 9: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), one of the world's greatest novelists ("War and Peace", "Anna Karenina"). http://t.co/R8iMVow

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WorldHistory101: The first of two Japanese air attacks on the U.S. mainland during World War II was carried out on this day in 1942. http://t.co/me2vs63
WorldHistory101: The first of two Japanese air attacks on the U.S. mainland during World War II was carried out on this day in 1942. http://t.co/me2vs63

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WorldHistory101: 85 years ago today, @NBC (the National Broadcasting Company) was created by RCA (the Radio Corporation of America). http://t.co/Hy7T1SE
WorldHistory101: 85 years ago today, @NBC (the National Broadcasting Company) was created by RCA (the Radio Corporation of America). http://t.co/Hy7T1SE

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1919, more than two-thirds of Boston's police department went on strike. http://t.co/fusqLFS http://t.co/dA7Dqgf
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1919, more than two-thirds of Boston's police department went on strike. http://t.co/fusqLFS http://t.co/dA7Dqgf

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WorldHistory101: The Stono Rebellion, the largest slave revolt in the colonies before the Revolution, broke out on this day in 1739. http://t.co/h9q2zoN
WorldHistory101: The Stono Rebellion, the largest slave revolt in the colonies before the Revolution, broke out on this day in 1739. http://t.co/h9q2zoN

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1993, Israel and the PLO formally recognized each other's legitimacy. http://t.co/XM5l9U3 http://t.co/Iewqvmp
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1993, Israel and the PLO formally recognized each other's legitimacy. http://t.co/XM5l9U3 http://t.co/Iewqvmp

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WorldHistory101: The Attica (New York) prison riot, the deadliest in U.S. history, broke out 40 years ago today. http://t.co/9JjOxQu http://t.co/PfbAwbA
WorldHistory101: The Attica (New York) prison riot, the deadliest in U.S. history, broke out 40 years ago today. http://t.co/9JjOxQu http://t.co/PfbAwbA

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1965, Sandy Koufax of the L.A. Dodgers pitched his only perfect game (his fourth no-hitter). http://t.co/LPL010W
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1965, Sandy Koufax of the L.A. Dodgers pitched his only perfect game (his fourth no-hitter). http://t.co/LPL010W

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1957, Pres. Eisenhower signed into law the first Federal civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. http://t.co/lrISi6n
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1957, Pres. Eisenhower signed into law the first Federal civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. http://t.co/lrISi6n

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. http://t.co/Fbapg2m
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. http://t.co/Fbapg2m

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WorldHistory101: Esther Cleveland, the only U.S. President's child born in the White House, was born on this day in 1893. http://t.co/yOYRbnC
WorldHistory101: Esther Cleveland, the only U.S. President's child born in the White House, was born on this day in 1893. http://t.co/yOYRbnC

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1850, California was admitted as the union's 31st state. http://t.co/ys0T7u1 http://t.co/83XwPJf
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1850, California was admitted as the union's 31st state. http://t.co/ys0T7u1 http://t.co/83XwPJf

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1791, Washington, D.C. was named in honor of George Washington. http://t.co/QQgjRRM http://t.co/dildGEM
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1791, Washington, D.C. was named in honor of George Washington. http://t.co/QQgjRRM http://t.co/dildGEM

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress officially declared the nation's name to be the United States of America. http://t.co/CMSRmm5
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress officially declared the nation's name to be the United States of America. http://t.co/CMSRmm5

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