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Why 11/11/11 Holds Special Significance — or Doesn’t

As you’re almost surely aware, Friday’s date is November 11, 2011 — or, more commonly put, 11/11/11. And people are observing the once-in-a-century occurrence in a variety of ways.

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Soldier’s WWII Helmet Returned to Family After Being Lost for 66 Years [VIDEO]

66 years after it was lost during D-Day, a WWII helmet will finally be returned to the soldier’s family thanks to the efforts of a collector in Minnesota.

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FDR’s D-Day Prayer For Memorial Being Opposed [VIDEO]

June 6, 1944.  The beginning of the end for what seemed to be a lengthy war already.    The Allied invasion was getting ready to begin in France. 

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This Day in History for November 7 – Magic Johnson’s HIV Announcement and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1908 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia (More info)

1916 – Jeannette Rankin becomes the first woman elected to the United States Congress (More info)

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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This Day in History for November 6 – Abraham Lincoln Elected and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1860 – Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States (More info)

1913 – Mohandas Gandhi is arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa (More info)

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Charley Gallay, Getty Images
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This Day in History for November 5 – Writers Guild Strikes and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1872 – In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time and is later fined $100 (More info)

1895 – George B. Selden is granted the first US patent for a gas-powered automobile (More info)

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This Day in History for October 30 – Mussolini Rises to Power and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1534 – The English parliament passes the Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the English church (More info)

1922 – Benito Mussolini becomes Prime Minister of Italy (More info)

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Library of Congress
Library of Congress
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This Day in History for October 29 – Great Depression Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1929 – The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of ’29 or “Black Tuesday,” ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression (More info)

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Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images
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Statue of Liberty Turns 125 Years Old

It’s time to bake a very large cake and get a lot of candles ready, because Friday is the Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday. Celebrations on Liberty Island will mark the October day in 1886 when the gift from France, a symbol of friendship, was inaugurated in front of then-President Grover Cleveland.

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gruban, Flickr
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This Day in History for October 23 – First UN General Assembly and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

42 BC – Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi (More info)

1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention begins in Worcester, Massachusetts (More info)

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This Day in History for October 22 – First Vietnam War Casualties and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1934 – Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd is shot by FBI agents in a cornfield in East Liverpool, Ohio (More info)

1957 – The United States suffers its first casualties in Vietnam (More info)

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This Day in History for October 21 – Guggenheim Museum Opens and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1861 – Union troops suffer a devastating defeat in the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, the second major engagement of the Civil War (More info)

1921 – President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south (More info)

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