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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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BRIAN THOMAS

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In Milwaukee on this day in 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. He was later sentenced to a 16th term
of life imprisonment for an additional homicide committed in Ohio
in 1978. On November 28 of 1994, he was beaten to death in prison
by Christopher Scarver (below), a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution.

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Christopher J. Scarver will be 50 in July.

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Michael Jeffrey Jordan is 56 years old today.

Former high-flying Chicago Bulls shooting guard is considered by many to
be the greatest basketball player of all-time. He was a 6-time NBA champion,
6-time NBA Finals MVP, and 5-time NBA MVP.
 He didn’t make the varsity
squad as a sophomore at Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina because he was only 5’11".
  MJ is currently the principal owner and chairman of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.

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Here’s “Air Jordan” in Portland, Oregon.

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MIKE GRACIA

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During the Civil War on this day in 1862, about 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson, TN.

The Union capture of the Confederate fort near the Tennessee
Kentucky border opened the Cumberland River, an important
avenue for the invasion of the South.

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Ulysses S. Grant (Hiram Ulysses Grant)
(April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885)

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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1898, the USS Maine sank when it exploded in Havana Harbor for unknown reasons. More than 260 crew members were
killed.
The episode escalated tensions between the United States
and Spain and contributed to the outbreak of the Spanish-American
War two months later.

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