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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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The Mongol conqueror Ghengis Khan (Temüjin Borjigin) died on
this day in 1227.

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Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on
this day in 1920. The Amendment guaranteed the right of all women 
in America to vote. 

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James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi on this
day in 1963. He was the first black man to accomplish this feat.

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James Howard Meredith turned 85 in June.

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Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel "Lolita" was published
on this day in 1958.

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Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (April 22, 1899 – July 2, 1977)

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Charles Robert Redford Jr. is 82 years old today. He was born in
Santa Monica, California.

Actor and director Robert Redford founded the Sundance Film Festival. He
starred in classics such as All the President’s Men (1976), The Sting (1973),
and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). His directorial debut,
Ordinary People (1980) received the Academy Award for Best Picture and
earned him the Academy Award for Best Director.
 

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Robert Redford as seen in season 3, episode 81 of The Twilight
Zone (‘’Nothing in the Dark”). It first aired January 5, 1962. 

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ROSS SIMPSON

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From left: John Lennon and Paul McCartney were introduced to each other on this day in 1957.

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The first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago on this day in
1933. The American League beat the National League 4-2.

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The Biafran War erupted on this day in 1967. The war lasted two-
and-a-half years. About 600,000 people died.

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Late Odumegwu Ojukwu (left) leader of the breakaway Republic
of Biafra from 1967 to 1970.

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One of the casualties of the war.

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Mexican  painter Frida Kahlo de Rivera (Magdalena Carmen Frida
Kahlo y Calderón)
  (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)

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Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title on
this day in 1957. She was the first black athlete to win the event.

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Roy Rogers (Leonard Franklin Slye)
(November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998)

Roy Rogers was one of the most popular Western stars of his
era. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over
100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The
Roy Rogers Show
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Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

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Rogers died of congestive heart failure on July 6, 1998. He had
been residing in
Apple Valley, CA. Roy was buried at Sunset Hills 
Memorial Park in Apple Valley, as was his wife Dale Evans three 
years later.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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SANDY KOZEL

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Pictured from left: Elvis Presley, bass player Bill Black, guitarist
Scotty Moore and Sun Records and Memphis Recording studio
head Sam Phillips take a break from a recording session in
Memphis.

Elvis Presley’s first commercial recording session took place in

Memphis, TN. on this day in 1954. He recorded "That’s All Right
(Mama)" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky."


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The bikini bathing suit, created by Louis Reard, made its debut
during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris on this day in
1946. Micheline Bernardini wore the two-piece outfit.

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Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles
title when he defeated Jimmy Connors on this day in 1975.

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Jimmy Connors (left) congratulates Arthur Ash.

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On this day in 1947, Larry Doby signed a contract with the
Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the
American League.

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Lawrence Eugene Doby (December 13, 1923 – June 18, 2003)

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Ted Williams in 1939.

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Theodore Williams (Theodore Samuel Williams)
(August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002)

Ted Williams played his entire 19-year Major League
Baseball
career as a left fielder for the Boston Red S
ox
from 1939 to 1960, only interrupted by service time
during
World War II and the Korean War. Nicknamed
"The Kid", Williams is regarded as one of the greatest
players in baseball history, despite being a below
average defensive left fielder. Williams was a nineteen-
time
All-Star, a two-time recipient of the American
League
 Most Valuable Player Award, a six-time AL
batting champion, and a two-time Triple Crown
winner.

Ted Williams finished his playing career with a .344
batting average, 521 home runs, and a .482 on-base
percentage
, the highest of all time. His career batting
average is the highest of any MLB player whose career
was played primarily in the
live-ball era, and ranks tied
for 7th all-time (with
Billy Hamilton). Williams retired
from playing in 1960 and was inducted into the
Baseball
Hall of Fame
in 1966. He died of cardiac arrest at the age
of 83 on July 5, 2002.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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It was on this day in 1953.

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Police photos of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Remembering the Day of the Rosenberg Executions
This is a view of the death chamber and electric chair in Sing Sing
prison in Ossining where the Rosenbergs were executed.

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The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on
this day in 1910. According to the Library of Congress, a woman
who was raised by her father heard a sermon about Mother’s Day
and decided fathers should be recognized as well.

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The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed in Texas
on this day in 1865.

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British Indian novelist and essayist Sir Ahmed Salman
Rushdie is 71 years old today.

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Paula Julie Abdul is a dancer, choreographer, singer,
songwriter, actress, and television personality. She is
56 years young today.

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Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest on
TV’s American Idol.

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TIM MAGUIRE

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The New York Times began publishing the "Pentagon Papers" on
this day in 1971. The articles were a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam.

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On this day in 1967, Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall (left) was
nominated by
President Lyndon B. Johnson (right) to become the
first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The landmark "Miranda v. Arizona" decision was issued by the U.S. Supreme Court on this day in 1966 . The decision ruled that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional rights before
being questioned by police.

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China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupted into violence on this day in 1900.

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The unmanned U.S. space probe Pioneer 10 became the first
spacecraft to leave the solar system on this day in 1983. It was
launched in March 1972. The first up-close images of the planet
Jupiter were provided by Pioneer 10.

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Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman
(May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986)

Benny Goodman was a jazz clarinetist and bandleader
known as the "King of Swing”. He led some of the most
“popular musical groups in the mid-1930s. These bands
launched the careers of many major  jazz artists. Despite
 

increasing health problems, he continued to play until his
death from a
heart attack in New York City in 1986, at the
age of 77,

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