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The American space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the
moon’s surface on this day in 1964.

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The 19 year old from France began making a name for himself in
the American Revolution on this day in 1777.

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Thomas Jefferson commissioned this portrait of
Marquis de Lafayette. (Portrait by Joseph Boze).

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Sens. Thomas Eagleton (left) and George McGovern celebrate their candidacy for vice president and president, respectively, at the Democratic National Convention in 1972.

Eighteen days after Eagleton was picked to run with McGovern, Eagleton
arrived in Washington to hold a press conference on this day in 1972.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I will not divide the Democratic Party," Eagleton announced. "Therefore, tomorrow morning I will write to the chairman of
the Democratic Party withdrawing my candidacy." His mental health was
the main issue.

The election was held 99 days later. Richard Nixon would defeat George
McGovern in a landslide — the widest margin of victory in the popular
vote in presidential history.

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Novelist Joanne Rowling,writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling
and Robert Galbraith, is 53 years young today.

English author J.K. Rowling wrote the bestselling Harry Potter fantasy
books. Her first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone (1997), was followed by six equally popular installments, all of
which were made into feature films. She began writing as a child,
creating stories about a rabbit family for her younger sister’s
enjoyment.

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The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb on this day in 1995. It was the worst bombing
on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and
500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh (below) was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.

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The American Revolution began on this day in 1775 as fighting broke
out at Lexington, MA.

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The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground
on this day in 1993. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the
cult and U.S. federal agents. A total of 86 people were killed including
17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.

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Cult leader David Koresh.

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Actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco on this day in 1956.

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The musical debuted on Broadway on this day in 2001.

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It was on this day in 1775, when American revolutionary Patrick
Henry declared, "give me liberty, or give me death!"

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The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act on this day in 1933
that effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial legislative powers.

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On this day in 1983, President Ronald Reagan first proposed development of technology to intercept enemy missiles. The
proposal became known as the Strategic Defense Initiative
and "Star Wars."

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On this day in 2001, Russia’s orbiting Mir space station plunged into
the South Pacific after its 15-years of use.

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It was on this day in 1998.

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James Cameron (above) won three awards for "Titanic," for
director, best picture (as producer) and film editing.

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Depiction of the surrender of the British army of Cornwallis at
Yorktown to General Washington on this day in 1781.

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On this day in 1987.

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On this day in 1812, Napoleon’s forces began retreat from Moscow.

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Concorde makes first landing at JFK Airport in New York on this
day in 1977.

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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began an oil-
embargo against several countries including the
U.S. and Great Britain
on this day in 1973. The incident stemmed from Western support of
Israel when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. It
lasted until March of 1974.

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American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NY. on this day in 1777. It
was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War.

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An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit the San Francisco Bay
area in
California on this day in 1989. The quake caused about 67 deaths,
3,000 injuries, and damages up to $7 billion.

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Al Capone was convicted on income tax evasion and was sentenced to 11
years in prison on this day in 1931. He was released in 1939.

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Arthur Miller on a trip with his wife,
actress Marilyn Monroe.

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