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The Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade on this day in 1948.

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William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey
(June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983)

Professional boxer and cultural icon of the 1920s, Jack
Dempsey competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as
the world
heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926.

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Nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler".

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It was on this day in 1987.

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John Herbert Gleason (February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987)

In 1986, doctors determined that Jackie Gleason was suffering from terminal
colon cancer, which had metastasized to his liver. Gleason was also suffering
from diabetes. He kept his medical problems private, although it had been
rumored that he was seriously ill.  A year later, on June 24, 1987, Gleason
died at his Florida home at age 71.

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Jackie Gleason with fellow cast members Art Carney
and Audrey Meadows in The Honeymooners.

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Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the
Bandit
series from 1977 into the early 1980s.

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"And awaaay we go!"

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Winston Churchill rallies Britain during World War 2 with his famous "finest hour" speech on this day in 1940.

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On this day in 1815, at the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated
by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.

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The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain
on this day in 1812. The conflict began over trade restrictions and
numerous other disputes between the two countries.

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James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831)

During the War of 1812, Monroe served in critical
roles as
Secretary of State and the Secretary of
War
under President James Madison (below).

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James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836)

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On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly
across the Atlantic Ocean when she flew from Newfoundland to
Wales.

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Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger on this day in 1983.

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Sally Kristen Ride
(May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012)

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Sir James Paul McCartney is 76 years old today.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist of The Beatles, Paul McCartney 
wrote such hit songs for the band as "Penny Lane," "Blackbird"
and "Eleanor Rigby." After his time with The Beatles he formed
the band Wings and embarked upon a solo career. He has earned
21 Grammy Awards across his career.
 

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The cover of Abbey Road has no printed words. It is a photo of the Beatles, in side view, crossing the street in single file.
Abbey Road studio album by The Beatles, 1969.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Nazi Germany’s troops entered Paris on this day in 1940. As Paris became occupied loud speakers announced the implementation
of a curfew being imposed for 8 p.m.

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A French civilian weeping as German soldiers marched into Paris.

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Also on this same day in 1940, the Nazis opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland. 

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Trans World Airlines Flight 847 was a flight from Cairo to San Diego with in 
route stops in Athens, Rome, Boston, and Los Angeles. On the morning of 
Friday, June 14, 1985 Flight 847 was
hijacked shortly after take off from
Athens. The hijackers were seeking the release of 700
Shi’ite Muslims from
Israeli custody.

United States Navy diver Robert Stethem (below) was murdered, and his
body was thrown onto the tarmac. Dozens of passengers were held hostage
over the next two weeks until released by their captors after some of their
demands were met.


Robert Stethem

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On this day in 1777, The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the
"Stars and Stripes" as the national flag of the United States. The Flag
Resolution stated "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made
of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars,
white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." On May 20, 1916,
President Woodrow Wilson (below) officially proclaimed June 14 "Flag Day"
as a commemoration of the "Stars and Stripes."

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

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Donald John Trump (born and raised in the New York City) is 72
years old today.
He is the 45th and current President of the
United States.

Trump made his mark as a successful businessman, becoming
a prominent a real estate developer. He founded The Trump
Organization and was the host of the popular reality TV series
The Apprentice. 

Donald Trump played football, soccer, and baseball at the New
York Military Academy as a teenager. He later graduated from 
the prestigious Wharton School of Business.

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ROSS SIMPSON

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It was on this day in 1967.

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On this day in 1999, NATO suspended air strikes in Yugoslavia after Slobodan Milosevic agreed to withdraw his forces from Kosovo.

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Alcoholic Anonymous was founded by William G. Wilson and Dr.
Robert Smith on this day in 1935.

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Dr. Robert Smith (Left) and William G. Wilson.

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Judy Garland from the Wizard of Oz, 1939.

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Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969)

Movie icon Judy Garland played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and became the youngest winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the
age of 39. She was nominated for Academy Awards for her roles in the films
A Star is Born (1954) and
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). Judy Garland began
performing vaudeville at the age of two and a half.
 She received a Grammy
Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 1997.
 

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Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004)


Among friends and fellow musicians singer Ray Charles preferred being
called "Brother Ray". He was often referred to as "The Genius". Charles
was blind from the age of seven
. He pioneered the soul music genre
during the 1950s by combining
blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel
styles into the music he recorded for
Atlantic Records.

Ray Charles died at his home in Beverly Hills, California of complications
resulting from acute
liver disease. He was 73. 

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TIM MAGUIRE

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John William King

 

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Jasper County Assistant District Attorney Pat Hardy displays the
chain allegedly used to drag James Byrd.

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The Communists completed their takeover of Czechoslovakia on
this day in 1948.

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Czechoslovakian Communist Party leader Klement Gottwald,
addressing the crowds in Wenceslas Square, Prague, on 25
February 1948.

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Israeli F-16 fighter-bombers destroyed Iraq’s only nuclear reactor on
this day in 1981.

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On this  day in 1972, the musical “Grease” opened
on Broadway. It had been playing off-Broadway for
about 4 months.

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Prince Rogers Nelson
(June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Prince released ten platinum-selling albums and won multiple Grammy
Awards for Purple Rain (1984), including Best Performance and Best
Soundtrack. He became known for releasing over thirty Top Forty single
hits.  He suffered from epilepsy as a child, and began writing music at
age seven. One of
the first groups he worked with was 94 East.

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