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On this day in 1957, the Arkansas National Guard was ordered by Governor Orval Faubus to keep nine black students from going into
Little Rock’s Central High School.

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Orval Eugene Faubus (January 7, 1910 – December 14, 1994)

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The Ford Motor Company began selling the Edsel on this day in
1957. The car was so unpopular that it was taken off the market
two years later.

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Los Angeles, CA, was founded by Spanish settlers on this day in
1781. The original name was "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina
de Los Angeles de Porciuncula," which translates as "The Town of
the Queen of Angels."

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View of a statue depicting the Governor Felipe de Neve, in Los
Angeles Plaza.

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George Eastman registered the name "Kodak" and patented his
roll-film camera on this day in 1888. The camera took 100 photos 
per roll.

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On this day in 1972, swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh
Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay event at Munich, Germany. Spitz was the first Olympian to win seven gold medals.

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Mark Andrew Spitz turned 68 in February.

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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is 37 years young today.

Former member of the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child who also
became a widely successful solo artist. She has won a total of 2
2 Grammy Awards for songs such as "
Single Ladies (Put a Ring
on It)
," "Drunk in Love" and "Crazy in Love." She won her first
school talent show with her rendition of "Imagine" by
John
Lennon.

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FIRST DEMONSTRATED ON THIS DAY IN 1955

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On this day in 1955, William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corp
demonstrates his 15-inch-long “Sunmobile,” the world’s first solar-powered automobile, at the General Motors Powerama auto show
held in
Chicago, Illinois.


Today, more than a half-century after Cobb debuted the Sunmobile,
a mass-produced solar car has yet to hit the market anywhere in the world.

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William G. Cobb

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FIRST ASSEMBLED ON THIS DAY IN 1953

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Workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the
first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an
American icon. The first completed production car rolled off
the assembly line two days later (below), one of just 300
Corvettes made that year.

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LAST PACKARD MADE ON THIS DAY IN 1956

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(History) – The last Packard–the classic American luxury car with the
famously enigmatic slogan “Ask the Man Who Owns One”–rolls off
the production line at Packard’s plant in Detroit,
Michigan on this
day in 1956.

Mechanical engineer James Ward Packard and his brother, William
Dowd Packard, built their first automobile, a buggy-type vehicle with
a single cylinder engine, in Warren,
Ohio in 1899 (below).

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STARR’S CAR GOES UP FOR AUCTION

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(AP) – On January 15, 1967, Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr
completed 16 of 23 passes for 250 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception as the Packers rolled over the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in
the first AFL-NFL World Championship game (which would later become
known as Super Bowl I). For his efforts, Starr was named the game’s
MVP and was awarded a shiny new 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
convertible (above). That
Corvette is now going up for auction.

The car is documented with a tank sticker that says "Courtesy Delivery –
B. Starr." It presents with its original and patinated Goodwood Green
paint, which was chosen to match the Packers’ home jerseys and is
only slightly touched up. Just 48,000 miles show on the odometer
and the listing says they are believed to be original.

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