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ED DANAHUE

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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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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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The first major battle of the U.S. Civil War began on this day in
1861. It was the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas Junction,
VA. The Confederates won the battle.

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The "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, TN. on this day in 1925. John
T. Scopes was convicted and fined $100 for violating the state law
on teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. The conviction was later
overturned on a legal technicality because the judge had set the
fine instead of the jury.

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Photo taken of Clarence Darrow (left) and William Jennings Bryan
(right) during the Scopes Trial in 1925.

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John Thomas Scopes.

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The Geneva Conference partitioned Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam on this day in 1954.


The Geneva Conference of 1954.

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Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was a
Pulitzer and Nobel Prize American novelist/short story writer.

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Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was
popular actor and comedian.

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Mork & Mindy sitcom aired on ABC from September
14, 1978 to May 27, 1982.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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On this day in 1934, Adolf Hitler purged the Nazi Party by destroying
the SA and bringing to power the SS in the "Night of the Long
Knives."

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America’s food and drug safety took a big step forward with the
Pure Food and Drug Act on this day in 1906.

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The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 11 returned to Earth on this day in
1971. The three cosmonauts (left) were found dead inside.

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Margaret Mitchell (above) with her book, "Gone with the Wind,"
that was published on this day 1936.

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The 1939 epic historical romance film, adapted from the Margaret
Mitchell novel.

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On this day in 1994, The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped
Tonya Harding (left) of the 1994 national championship and banned
her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan (right).

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Nancy Kerrigan just after the attack.

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Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010)

Twentieth-century African-American singer and actress Lena Horne
famously sang "Stormy Weather," won a Grammy Award for a 1981
album entitled Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, and appeared
in film versions of
The Wiz, Broadway Rhythm, and Ziegfeld Follies.

Horne continued recording and performing sporadically into the
1990s, disappearing from the public eye in 2000. Horne died of
congestive heart failure on May 9, 2010, at the age of 92.

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TIM MAGUIRE

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North Korea invaded South Korea initiating the Korean War on this
day in 1950
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On this day in 1876, Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th
Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big
Horn in Montana. The event is known as "Custer’s Last Stand."

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George Armstrong Custer
(December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876)

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On this day in 1973, White House Counsel John Dean admitted that
U.S. President Nixon took part in the Watergate cover-up.

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The Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C.

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Eric Arthur Blair (June 25, 1903 – January 21, 1950)

Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction and polemical journalism. He
is best known for the allegorical
novella Animal Farm (1945) and the novel 
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).

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Jacques-Yves Cousteau (June 11, 1910 – June 25, 1997) 


Jacques Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer,
conservationist, filmmaker, scientist, photographer,
author and researcher who studied the sea and all
forms of life in water. He co-developed the
Aqua-lung,
pioneered
marine conservation. Jacques-Yves Cousteau
died of a heart attack on 25 June 1997 in Paris, two weeks
after his 87th birthday.

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TIM MAGUIRE

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An exchange between Sen. Joseph McCarthy (right) and Joseph
Welch (left) took place on this day in 1954. Sen. McCarthy was
confronted by Welch over his anti-communist stance. Welch
represented the Army during the Army-McCarthy hearings. 
 

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Charles John Huffam Dickens
(February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870)
 

Charles Dickens was an English writer and social
critic. He created some of the world’s best-known
fictional characters and is regarded by many as
the greatest novelist of the
Victorian era. His works
enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime,
and by the 20th century critics and scholars had
recognized him as a literary genius. His novels and
short stories enjoy lasting popularity. Dickens
suffered stroke at his home after a full day’s work
on his final novel Edwin Drood and never regained
consciousness. His ending for the unfinished book
remains unknown.

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Comedian/actor Richard Pryor was severely burned by a "free-base" mixture that exploded in his home on this day in 1980. He was hospitalized more than two months.

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On this day in 1973, Secretariat won the 105th Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths and ran the fastest 1 1/2 miles on dirt at 2:24.

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Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009)

Les Paul  was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar. He
taught himself how to play guitar, and while he is mainly known for jazz
and popular music, he had an early career in country music. Paul is
credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first
to use the technique, his early experiments with
overdubbing (also known
as
sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention

Les Paul is the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

 

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He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and together 
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