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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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MIKE  GRACIA

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The 13-day siege of the Alamo by Santa Anna and his army ended 
on this day in 1836. The Mexican army of about four thousand men 
under President General Santa Anna defeated 189
Texas
volunteers fighting for independence from Mexico.

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Rob Reiner (Robert Norman Reiner) is 72 years-old today.

Actor and director Rob Reiner is known especially for his role as
Michael (“Meathead”) Stivic in the CBS television series
All in the
Family
(1971–79) and for his direction of such culturally resonant
films as This Is Spinal Tap (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), When
Harry Met Sally…
(1989), and A Few Good Men (1992).

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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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ROSS SIMPSON

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George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)

George Washington, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States,
served as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the
Revolutionary War, then was inaugurated as the first U.S. President
on April 30, 1789.

Washington’s legacy as a commander at Valley Forge, Yorktown, and
Boston was honored in 1917 when an asteroid was named after him:
the 886 Washingtonia asteroid.


General George Washington (left) and French military leader Marquis
de Lafayette at
Valley Forge during the winter of 1777–78 (AP)

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Washington praying at Valley Forge.

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A reproduction of Emanuel Leutze’s 1851 oil painting ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware." (Associated Press)


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THE NEWS THAT MADE HISTORY

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch) is 102 years old today.

Legendary movie actor Kirk Douglas starred in 20,000 Leagues Under the
Sea
 (1954), Paths of  Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K Corral (1957), and
Spartacus (1960). Kirk Douglas became a legend on the silver screen,
receiving the Academy Honorary Award in 1996. He was a successful
competitive wrestler while in college and served in the U.S. Navy.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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England’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married on
this day in 1981.

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Italy’s leader of the National Fascist Party, Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini (July 29, 1883 – April 28, 1945).

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From left: Benito Mussolini with the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf
Hitler.
  

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was authorized by the U.S. Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower
(center) signed an act creating the agency on this day in 1958.

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Vincent Van Gogh died on this day in 1890.

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Self Portrait of Vincent van Gogh.

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RECAPPING PAST WORLD NEWS

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BRIAN THOMAS

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Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17), the Big Bopper (28) and pilot
Roger Peterson died in a plane crash in
Iowa on this day in 1959.

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An inscribed guitar and three records mark the location that the plane came to rest.
Crash site memorial north of Clear Lake, Iowa.

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The first rocket-assisted controlled landing on the Moon was made
by the Soviet space vehicle Luna 9 (above) on this day in 1966.

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Eileen Marie Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United States
Air
Force
 colonel. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the
first female pilot and first female commander of a
Space Shuttle on this day
in 1995 aboard STS-63. She was awarded several medals for her work. She
has logged 38 days 8 hours and 20 minutes in
outer space. Collins retired
on
May 1, 2006, to pursue private interests.


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On this day in 2003, Phillip Harvey Spector became notorious for the murder of the actress Lana Clarkson (below). He was convicted of
murder in
second degree.

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Recently released prison mugshots of Phil Spector (AP).

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Hundreds of people were feared drowned in the Red Sea on this day
in 2006 after an Egyptian ferry carrying 1,400 passengers and crew
sank in rough weather in one of the worst shipping disasters in the
world. Rescuers found at least 200 survivors in lifeboats and were
brought ashore.

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Norman Percevel Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978)

Norman Rockwell was a 20th-century American author, painter and illustrator
whose works have a broad popular appeal in the U.S. for their reflection of
American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations that
depict everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over
nearly five decades.

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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
(February 3, 1809 – November 4, 1847)


Born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early
romantic period. Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concertos, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer
Night’s Dream
, and the Italian Symphony.

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