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NASA’s space shuttle Columbia exploded while re-entering the
Earth’s atmosphere on this day in 2003. All seven astronauts on
board were killed.

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This picture was taken by Eddie Adams in Saigon on February 1,
1968, the second day of North Vietnam’s Tet offensive. It captures
the summary execution of ­Nguyễn Văn Lém by Brigadier General
Nguyễn Ngoc Loan, chief of the South Vietnam police.

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Eddie Adams (June 12, 1933 – September 18, 2004)

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Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (center) was welcomed in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile on this day in 1979.

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William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960)

Often referred to as "The King of Hollywood", Clark Gable began his
career as a stage actor and appeared as an
extra in silent films between
1924 and
1926, and progressed to supporting roles with a few films for
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1931. The following year, he landed his first
leading his first leading Hollywood role and
over the next three decades
he became a
leading man in more than 60 motion pictures.



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

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On this day in 1961,  the U.S. Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.

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Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins is80 years old today.

Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins is best known for his portrayal of the serial
killer Hannibal Lecter, a role that won him the Academy Award for Best
Actor.


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Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter.

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924)

Wilson served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921
as a member of the
Democratic Party.

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On this day in 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first vice president
of the
United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Jackson.

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag Archipelago,"
an expose of the Soviet prison system on this day in
1973.

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Solzhenitsyn bravely wrote about the brutality of Stalin’s network
of gulags.

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The musical "On the Town" opened in New York City on
this day in 1944 and ran for 462 performances. It featured
the song,
"New York, New York." It was made into a film
in 1949.

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Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is 63 today.

Popular actor Denzel Washington won an Academy Award
for Best Actor for his role in the 2001 film
Training Day.

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Humphrey DeForest Bogart
 (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957)

Humphrey Bogart played Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942) and Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941). The American Film Institute called him the greatest male
star in cinema’s history in 1999. His other film credits include The Big Sleep (1946)
The African Queen (1951) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

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Humphrey Bogart and wife Lauren Bacall in 1955.

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SINGER BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1915

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Francis Albert Sinatra
  (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998)

Singer, actor, and producer Frank Sinatra was one of the most popular
and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the
best-
selling music
artists of all time
, selling more than 150 million records
worldwide. Born in
Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants, Sinatra
began his musical career in the
swing era with bandleaders Harry James
and
Tommy Dorsey.

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