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ED DANAHUE

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Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park, NJ. on this day in 1879.

The Pennsylvania Railroad Company ran special trains to Menlo Park on the
day of the demonstration in response to public enthusiasm over the event.

Although the first incandescent lamp had been produced 40 years earlier, no inventor had been able to come up with a practical design until Edison, after
countless tests, developed a high-resistance carbon-thread filament that
burned steadily for hours and an electric generator sophisticated enough to
power a large
lighting system.

Thomas Edison’s greatest contribution to the modern industrial world came
from his work in electricity. He acquired 1,093 patents in his lifetime and
died in 1931 at the age of 84.

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Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins is 81 years old today.

Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins is best known for his portrayal
of the ingenious serial killer Hannibal Lecter in
The Silence
of the Lambs
(1991), a role that won him the Academy Award
for Best Actor. He has also played roles in
The Mask of Zorro 
(1998), and Nixon (1995). He turned to TV in 2016 upon landing
a starring role on HBO’s Westworld.

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Anthony Hopkins portraying Hannibal Lecter from The Silence
of the Lambs.

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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1978, Cult leader Jim Jones and hundreds of his
followers died in a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana
in South America.
It was the largest mass suicide in modern
history and resulted in the largest single loss of American
civilian life in a non-natural disaster until September 11, 2001.


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REV. JIM JONES

             A vat that contained a drink laced with deadly cyanide sits on a sidewalk at People's Temple in Jonestown, Guyana.

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Shown are bodies of members of the Peoples Temple who died
after their leader Jim Jones ordered them to drink Flav-R-Aid
laced with cyanide. 

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Congressman Leo Ryan (above) was among five killed by Temple members at the nearby Port Kaituma airstrip (below).

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The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon premiered
in New York on this day in 1928. It was Walt Disney’s "Steamboat
Willie," starring Mickey Mouse.

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Walt Disney drawing “Steamboat Willie”.

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MIKE GRACIA

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President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote on this day in 1868.

     
An illistration of President Johnson’s impeachment trial in the
Senate, published in Harper’s Weekly.

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The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood on this day in
1929.

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William C Demille, President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts
And Sciences hands an Oscar to Mary Pickford (with Warner Baxter
and Hans Kraly looking on) at the first ceremony.

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Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982)

Henry Fonda was a film and stage actor with a career spanning
five decades. Fonda made his mark early as a
Broadway actor.

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Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn in their
Oscar-winning roles in "On Golden Pond"
(1981).

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Singer, dancer, actor and comedian Sammy Davis, JR. 
was noted for his
impressions of actors, musicians and
other celebrities. At the age of three, Davis began his
career in
vaudeville with his father, Sammy Davis Sr.
and the
Will Mastin Trio.

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James Maury Henson  (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990)

Jim Henson was a puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter,
and filmmaker who achieved international fame as the creator of
the
Muppets
. He died of toxic shock syndrome at age 53.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an
anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University on this day in
1970. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.


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Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister on
this day in 1979.

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On this day in 1886, a bomb exploded on the fourth day of a workers’ strike in Chicago, IL. Eight people died in the violence during that 
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Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed "Freedom Riders," began a bus
trip through the South on this day in 1961.

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After a mob attacked a bus with protesters in Alabama, hundreds
more joined the cause
.

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The notion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
began with
Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.The
official Articles of Incorporation for the organization were filed on
this day in 1927.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater - AMPAS Building

Samuel Goldwyn Theater (above) Named after filmmaker and studio
head Samuel Goldwyn. Opened in December 1975, and located within
the office building headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts
and Sciences, this is their main state-of-the-art screening room.

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SANDY KOZEL

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On this day in 1970, an oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, which
prevented the planned moon landing.

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Apollo 13 Service Module after the Explosion. The damage
is on the left-hand side.

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Pope St. John Paul II embraces Elio Toaff, then the chief rabbi of
Rome. It the Pope’s first visit to a Synagogue on this day in 1986.

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Sidney Poitier became the first black to win an Oscar for best actor
on this day in 1964. It was for his role in the film"Lilies of the Field”.

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Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21 on this day in 1997. He also set a
record when he finished at 18 under par.

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Tiger woods (Eldrick Tont Woods) turned 42 December 30.

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