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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at a
civil rights rally in Washington,
DC. on this day in 1963. Over 200,000
people attended.

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It was on this day in 1968.

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It was on this day in 1955.

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J. W. Milam, 36, and half-brother Roy Bryant, 24, confer with one of their lawyers J.W. Kellum, right, just before pleding innocent, September 6, 1955 at Sumner, Miss.. They are charged with kidnapping Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black youth who they claim “made some remarks” and whistled at Bryant’s wife. (AP Photo/Gene Herrick)
J. W. Milam, 36, and half-brother Roy Bryant, 24, confer with one of
their lawyers J.W. Kellum, right, just before pleading innocent, Sept.
6, 1955 at Sumner, MS. They were charged with kidnapping Emmett
Till, a 14-year-old black youth who they claim “made some remarks”
and whistled at Bryant’s wife.

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A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana
on this day in 1996. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.

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On this day in 1968, U.S. troops in Vietnam destroyed a village
consisting mostly of women and children. The event is known
as the My-Lai massacre.

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William Laws Calley Jr. will be 75 in June.

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Terry Anderson, an Associated Press newsman, was taken hostage
in Beirut on this day in 1985. He was released on December 4,1991.

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Physicist Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket on
this day in 1926. Goddard is known as the father of modern rocketry.

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Robert Hutchings Goddard
(October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945)

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Jerry Lewis (Joseph Levitch)  (March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017)

Comedian, actor, and muscular dystrophy telethon host Jerry Lewis 
formed one of history’s greatest comedy teams with
Dean Martin. He
received
Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Los Angeles Film
Critics Association, The American Comedy Awards, and the Venice
Film Festival.

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From left: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

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On this day in 1991, Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson was released after nearly seven years in captivity in Lebanon.

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President George H.W. Bush ordered American troops to lead a
mercy mission to Somalia on this day in 1992.

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Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces
Tavern in New York on this day in 1783.

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Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993)

One of Frank’s last interviews (above), conducted by NBC’s Jamie
Gangel for the Today Show. Aired on May 14, 1993. He died, after
his long battle with prostate cancer just 18 days before his 53rd
birthday at his home with his wife and children by his side.

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Zappa is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock
musicians of his era. He worked as an independent artist for most of his career
and remains a major influence on musicians and composers. His honors include
an induction into the 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 1997 Grammy
Lifetime
Achievement Award
. In 2000, he was ranked number 36 on VH1‘s 100
Greatest Artists of Hard Rock
. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at
number 71 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and in 2011 at
number 22 on its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

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A total of 26 U.S. soldiers were charged with criminal
offenses. Platoon leader, Lieutenant Calley (above),
was convicted for the killing of 22 villagers.

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From left: Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin comedy team.

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Jerry Lewis (Joseph Levitch) is 91 years old today.

Jerry Lewis’ early schtick was called "Record Act," which featured him miming
the lyrics of popular songs as they played on a phonograph.


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