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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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CARLATA BRADLEY

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John Glenn made space history on this day in 1962 when he orbited
the Earth three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes, becoming the first
American to do so. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury
capsule (above).

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Mercury 6 launches Friendship 7 from NASA’s Kennedy
Space Center.

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Here's What John Glenn saw on February 20, 1962.  Just 5 minutes and 44 seconds after launch, Glenn offered his first words about the view from his porthole: “This is Friendship 7. Can see clear back; a big cloud pattern way back across towards the Cape. Beautiful sight.” Three hours later, at the beginning of his third orbit, Glenn photographed this panoramic view of Florida from the Georgia border (right, under clouds) to just north of Cape Canaveral. His American homeland was 162 miles (260 kilometers) below. “I have the Cape in sight down there,” he noted to mission controllers. “It looks real fine from up here. I can see the whole state of Florida just laid out like on a map. Beautiful.”  Image via NASA
Here’s what John Glenn saw while orbiting the Earth. 

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Friendship 7 capsule after splashdown.

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The successful mission concluded with a splashdown and recovery
in the Atlantic Ocean, 800 miles southeast of Bermuda.

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Sir Sidney Poitier is 92-years-old today.


Actor, director, and diplomat Sidney Poitier became the first
African American to win an Oscar after performing in Lilies
of the Field (1963). The films Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
(1967) To Sir, with Love (1967) and In the Heat of the Night
(1967), additionally bolstered his fame. The American Film
Institute called him one of the 25 Greatest Male Stars of All
Time in 1999.

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JOHN BELMONT

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Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001)

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the final lap
of the Daytona 500 race on this day in 2001. Earnhardt was inducted into
numerous halls of fame, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural
class in 2010.

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Dale Earnhardt in car # 3 hits the wall hard in the 2001 Daytona 500.

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John Joseph Travolta is 65 years old today.

Actor John Travolta starred in the 1970s hit films Saturday Night Fever 
and
Grease. He went on to play Vincent Vega in the critically acclaimed
1994 film
Pulp Fiction. Travolta  also starred in the action thriller Face/Off
(1997) with Nicolas Cage.  

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ACTOR ALBERT FINNEY HAS DIED AT 82

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Albert Finney (May 9, 1936 – February 7, 2019) 

LONDON (AP) — British actor Albert Finney, the Academy
Award-nominated star of films from "Tom Jones" to
"Skyfall," has died. 

Finney’s family said Friday that he "passed away peacefully
after a short illness with those closest to him by his side."

Finney was a rare star who managed to avoid the Hollywood
limelight for more than five decades after bursting to
international fame in 1963 in the title role of "Tom Jones."

The film gained him the first of five Oscar nominations. Others
followed for "Murder on the Orient Express," ”The Dresser,"
”Under the Volcano" and "Erin Brockovich."

In later years he brought authority to action movies, including
the James Bond thriller "Skyfall" and two of the Bourne films.

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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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Actor Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is 63 years old today.

Denzel Washington won an Academy Award for Best Actor for
his role in the 2001 film
Training Day. He has starred in several
films based on true events such as
Remember the Titans (2000), 
Cry Freedom (1987), American Gangster (2007), Flight (2012), 
and
Malcolm X (1992). 

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