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The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in
Kiev on this day in 1986. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material.

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John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry on this day 
in 1865.

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On April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth (above) assassinated President Abraham Lincoln while he was watching the play ‘Our American Cousin’ at Ford Theater in Washington, D.C.

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The British established an American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia 
on this day in 1607.
It was the first permanent English establishment
in the Western Hemisphere.

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On this day in 1937, German planes attacked Guernica, Spain, during
the Spanish Civil War for the Spanish nationalist government. This
raid is considered one of the first to be attacks on a civilian
population by a modern air force.

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Spanish Civil War: the Spanish town of Guernica, after the bombing
by German and Italian aircraft.

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The state of Vermont  enacted same-sex unions on this day in 2000.

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It was on this day in 1989.

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Lucille Désirée Ball Morton (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989)

Lucille Ball was an actress, comedian, model, film-studio executive, and
producer. She was best known as the star of the self-produced sitcoms
I Love Lucy
(1951-1967) on CBS, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour (1957-1960)
on CBS, The Lucy Show
(1962-1968) CBS, Here’s Lucy (1968-1974) CBS,
and Life with Lucy for only one season in 1986 on ABC.

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SANDY KOZEL

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William Shakespeare (April 23, 1564 – April 23, 1616)

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James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998)

Ray was the alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. April
4, 1968, in
Memphis, Tennessee. He was convicted on his       
forty-first birthday after entering a
guilty plea to forgo a jury     
trial. Had he been found guilty by jury trial, he would have      
been eligible for the death penalty.

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Cesar Chavez (César Estrada Chávez)
(March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993)

Cesar Chavez was an American labor leader and civil rights
activist who, with
Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National
Farm Workers. Chavez died of unspecified natural causes
in
San Luis, Arizona, in the home of a former farm worker
and longtime friend.

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Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league
home run on this day in 1954. He later became the home run
king.         
         
         

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Henry Louis Aaron became 84 years old in February.

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MIKE GRACIA

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On this day in 1997, Dr. Martin Luther King JR’s son Dexter (left) 
met with James Earl Ray, the accused assassin of his father.

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It was on this day in 2002.

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On this day in 1998, the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra,
the first pill for male impotence.

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Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Film director, producer, and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino first received
acclaim for his 1990s crime films
Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie
Brown
.  He dropped out of High School his freshman year to go to acting
school.

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TIM MAGUIRE

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On this day in 1963, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and
killed Lee Harvey Oswald live on national television.

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On this day in 1859, Charles Darwin, a British naturalist, published
"On the Origin of Species." It was the paper in which he explained
his theory of evolution through the process of natural selection.

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Hijacker Dan Cooper, known as D.B. Cooper, parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over
Washington state with $200,000
ransom money on this day in 1971.  

 
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Flight attendant Tina Mucklow talks to the media, with Captain Bill Scott and First Officer Bill Rataczak

From left: Northwest Airlines First Officer Bill Rataczak, Captain Bill
Scott and Flight attendant Tina Mucklow talk to the media.
 

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Freddie Mercury of Queen died of AIDS complications at the age
of 45 on this day in 1991.

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Farrokh "Freddie" Mercury (Bulsara)

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TIM MAGUIRE

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America’s Great Depression began with the crash of the Wall Street stock
market on this day in 1929.

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On this day in 2004, Osama bin Laden (above) addressed the people of the
United States on Al-Jazeera television, excepting responsibility for the
September 11 attacks. Al-Jazeera did not say how it had obtained the tape.

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Israel invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula during the Suez Canal Crisis on this
day in 1956.

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Leon Czolgosz (above) the assassin of U.S. President McKinley, was
electrocuted on this day in 1901.

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A rendering of President William McKinley (white shirt) being shot by 
anarchist Leon Czolgosz during the Pan-American Exposition in
Buffalo, New York on September 21, 1901.

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On this day in 1998, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off with John Glenn
on board. Glenn was 77 years old. In 1962 he became the first American to
orbit the Earth.

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