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In 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the first animated TV special featuring characters from the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, was first broadcast on CBS.

1854: Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.

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1911: An explosion inside the Cross Mountain coal mine near Briceville, Tennessee, killed 84 workers. (Five were rescued.)

1940: British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II.

1962: The Petrified Forest in Arizona was designated a national park.

1975: President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan-authorization that officials of New York City and State said would prevent a city default.

1992: Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (The couple's divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.)

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