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* On Dec. 29, 1956, the New York Times leaks news that the United States is preparing a major policy statement on the Middle East. The Eisenhower Doctrine would proclaim that the U.S. would use force in the Middle East to contain Soviet aggression.

* On Dec. 30, 1803, Francis Lewis, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies in New York City at age 90. Lewis’ patriotism came at a high cost: The British army destroyed his Long Island estate and took his wife prisoner in 1776.

* On Dec. 31, 1968, the Soviet Union’s TU-144 supersonic airliner makes its first flig...

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