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FATAL PLANE CRASH ON THIS DAY IN 1935

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Will Rogers and Wiley Post were killed in a plane crash near Point
Barrow,
AK.on this day in 1935.  Post and American humorist Will
Rogers perished when the aircraft Post was piloting crashed on
takeoff from a lagoon near Point Barrow in the Territory of Alaska.

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Will Rogers (left) and Wiley Post before taking off for Alaska.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On this day in 1933, aviator Wiley Post ended his around-the-world
flight. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45
minutes.

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Wiley Hardeman Post
(November 22, 1898 – August 15, 1935)


The "Winnie Mae" a Lockheed Vega aircraft of Wiley Post, when it
was on display at the
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

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John Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934)

John Dillinger was an American gangster in the Depression-era
who was shot and killed by the special agents on July 22, 1934
at approximately 10:40 p.m, according to a New York Times
report the next day. His death came only two months after the
deaths of fellow notorious criminals
Bonnie and Clyde.

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A crowd formed at Chicago’s Biograph Theater shortly after Dillinger
was killed there by FBI agents.

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In northern Iraq on this day in 2003, Saddam Hussein’s sons Odai
and Qusai died after a gunfight with U.S. forces.

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The September 11 commission’s final report was released on this
day in 2004. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited "deep institutional failings within our government." The report was released to White House officials the day before.


The members of The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon
the United States.

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Walter Frederick Morrison  (January 16, 1920 – February 9, 2010)

Inventor and entrepreneur Walter ”Fred” Morrison introduced the Frisbee, as
we know it today, on this day in 1957. It was originally called the Flyin-Saucer.

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William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871 in
Bridgeport, Connecticut. Students from nearby universities
discovered that the empty pie tins (above) could be tossed
and caught, providing endless hours of game and sport.

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On this day in 1776, Richard Henry Lee’s resolution to break away
from Britain was adopted by the Continental Congress.

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On this day in 1964, U.S. President Johnson signed the "Civil Rights
Act of 1964" into law. The act made it illegal in the
United states to discriminate against others because of their race.

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On this day in 1937, American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around
the world at the equator.

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On this day in 1881, Charles J. Guiteau (below) fatally wounded U.S. 
President James A. Garfield in Washington, DC.

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It was on this day in 1961.

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James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997)

Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning
one in competition for The Philadelphia Story (1940), and
received an
Academy Lifetime Achievement award in 1985.

In 1999, Stewart was named the third-greatest male screen
legend
of the Golden Age of Hollywood by the American
Film Institute
. The Institute has also named five of his
films to its list of the 100 best American films ever made.
 

Jimmy Stewart also had a noted military career as a
World War II and Vietnam War veteran and pilot. He 
died from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 89 at
his home in Beverly Hills, California.
 

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Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window, 1954.

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Winston Churchill rallies Britain during World War 2 with his famous "finest hour" speech on this day in 1940.

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On this day in 1815, at the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated
by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.

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The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain
on this day in 1812. The conflict began over trade restrictions and
numerous other disputes between the two countries.

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James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831)

During the War of 1812, Monroe served in critical
roles as
Secretary of State and the Secretary of
War
under President James Madison (below).

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James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836)

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On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly
across the Atlantic Ocean when she flew from Newfoundland to
Wales.

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Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger on this day in 1983.

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Sally Kristen Ride
(May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012)

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Sir James Paul McCartney is 76 years old today.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist of The Beatles, Paul McCartney 
wrote such hit songs for the band as "Penny Lane," "Blackbird"
and "Eleanor Rigby." After his time with The Beatles he formed
the band Wings and embarked upon a solo career. He has earned
21 Grammy Awards across his career.
 

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The cover of Abbey Road has no printed words. It is a photo of the Beatles, in side view, crossing the street in single file.
Abbey Road studio album by The Beatles, 1969.

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Charles A. Lindberg completed the first solo nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean on this day in 1927. The trip began May 20.

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The American branch of the Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton
on this day in 1881.

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Clarissa "Clara" Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912)

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Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks (above) was murdered in a
"thrill killing" committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard
Loeb (below) on this day in 1924. The killers were students
at the University of Chicago.


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On this day in 1959, the musical "Gypsy" opened on Broadway
and played 702 performances, closing on March 25, 1961 at the
Imperial Theatre.

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From left: Sandra Church as Louise, Ethel Merman starred as
Rose, and Jack Klugman as Herbie.

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