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In Oslo, Norway on this day in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the youngest person
to receive the award.

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Women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory
on this day in 1869.

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The first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the
U.S. on this
day in 1958 when 111 passengers flew from New York to Miami on
a National Airlines Boeing 707.

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Soul singer Otis Redding, at age 26, was killed on this day in 1967 
when his tour plane crashed into a Wisconsin lake. The members
of Redding’s tour band, the "Bar-Kays," were also killed.

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Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte died on this day in 2006.

Pinochet was a Chilean general, politician and the dictator of Chile
between 1973 and 1990; he remained the
Commander-in-Chief of the 
Chilean Army until 1998. He was also president of the Government
Junta of Chile
between 1973 and 1981. He died of congestive heart
failure
and pulmonary edema.


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JOHN BLEMONT

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On this day in 1963, President Johnson (below) named a commission
headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President
John F.
Kennedy.

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In this 1964 file photo, the bipartisan presidential commission to
investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy sits
for an official picture, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars office on
Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)

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President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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The U.N. General Assembly on this day in 1947,  passed a resolution
that called for the division of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

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The first airplane flight over the South Pole was made by
U.S. Navy
Lt. Comdr. Richard E. Byrd on this day in 1929.



A Ford Trimotor aircraft, the Floyd Bennett (S/N NX4542), was 
selected for the epic polar air journey.
 

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On this day in 1981.

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On this day in 1986.

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On this day in 2001.

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MIKE GRACIA

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Harry S. Truman holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune with the incorrect headline

Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey for the U.S. presidency on this
day in 1948. The Chicago Tribune published an early edition that had the
headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN (above)." The Truman victory had 
surprised many polls and newspapers.

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President Truman (right) on his campaign train whistle-stop.

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On this day in 1963, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dihn Diem was
assassinated in a military coup.

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Howard Hughes flew his "Spruce Goose," a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes in
California on this day in 1947. It was the plane’s first and only
flight. The "Spruce Goose," nicknamed because of the white-gray color of
the spruce used to build it, never went into production.

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The H-4 today is in McMinnville, Oregon, at the
Evergreen Air and
Space Museum
, about an hour outside of Portland.

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On this day in 1959, Charles Van Doren, a game show contestant
on the NBC-TV program "Twenty-One" admitted that he had been
given questions and answers in advance.

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Charles Lincoln Van Doren turned 91 in Feb.   

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CARLATA BRADLEY

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Over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California on this day in 1947, pilot Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane and became the first person to break
the sound barrier.

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Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager turned 94 on February 13.

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The Battle of Hastings occurred in England on this day in 1066. The Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated King Harold II of England.

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On this day in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice
in America. He was the youngest person to receive the award.

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Former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning
in Milwaukee, WI. on this day in 1912. His wound in the chest was
not serious and he continued with his planned speech. William
Schrenk was captured at the scene of the shooting.

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Bloodstained shirt worn by Roosevelt, photographed following the
assassination attempt.  

 

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William Schrenk

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Singer Bing Crosby died of a heart attack at the age of 74 on this day in1977.

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Harry Lillis
"Bing" Crosby Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977)

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Bing Crosby (right) on Pebble Beach in 1977.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Ariel Sharon visited Jerusalem’s Temple Mount on this day in 2000.

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During the Revolutionary War on this day in 1781, American forces
began the siege on Yorktown,
VA.

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General George Washington (center) depicted reviewing the captured 
British army at Yorktown.

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On this day in 1066, England was invaded by William the Conqueror
who claimed the English throne.

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William the Conqueror (1027-28–1087)

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The first around-the-world flight was completed by two
U.S. Army
planes when they landed in Seattle,
WA. on this day in 1924. The
trip took 175 days.

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Miles Dewey Davis III
(May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991)

Miles Davis was a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is
among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the
history of
jazz
and 20th century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical
directions in his five-decade career which kept him at the forefront
of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz.

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