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On this day in 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington erupts, causing
a massive avalanche and killing 57 people on this day in 1980. Ash
from the volcanic eruption fell as far away as Minnesota. Seismic
activity at Mount St. Helens, which is 96 miles south of Seattle,
began on March 16.

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USGS geologist Don Swanson (in red) and his colleague, Jim
Moore, view a car filled with ash deposits from the eruption of
Mount St. Helens.

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On this day in 1896, the U.S. Supreme court upheld the "separate but equal" policy in the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. The ruling was overturned 58 years later with Brown vs. Board of Education.


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Pope Saint John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła)
(May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005)

Pope John Paul was the second longest-serving pope
in history who was the leader of the Catholic Church
from 1978 to 2005. He was one of the most influential
leaders of the 20th century who worked to bring Jews,
Christians, and Muslims together. He was canonized
as a Saint in April of 2014.

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Frank Russell Capra (Francesco Rosario Capra)
(May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991)

Capra became one of America’s most influential directors during
the 1930s, winning three
Oscars from his six nominations as 
Best Director, along with three other Oscar wins from nine
nominations in other categories. Among his leading films
were It Happened One Night (1934), You Can’t Take It with You
(1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington(1939);
Capra was
nominated as Best Director and as producer for Academy
Award for Best Picture on all three films, winning both
awards on the first two.


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On this day in 2003, "Les Miserables" closed after 6,680 shows and
16 years on Broadway.

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Les Misérables has been voted the greatest musical of all time in
a public poll conducted by a new online radio station dedicated
to musical theatre.

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MIKE GRACIA

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President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote on this day in 1868.

     
An illistration of President Johnson’s impeachment trial in the
Senate, published in Harper’s Weekly.

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The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood on this day in
1929.

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William C Demille, President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts
And Sciences hands an Oscar to Mary Pickford (with Warner Baxter
and Hans Kraly looking on) at the first ceremony.

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Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982)

Henry Fonda was a film and stage actor with a career spanning
five decades. Fonda made his mark early as a
Broadway actor.

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Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn in their
Oscar-winning roles in "On Golden Pond"
(1981).

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Singer, dancer, actor and comedian Sammy Davis, JR. 
was noted for his
impressions of actors, musicians and
other celebrities. At the age of three, Davis began his
career in
vaudeville with his father, Sammy Davis Sr.
and the
Will Mastin Trio.

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James Maury Henson  (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990)

Jim Henson was a puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter,
and filmmaker who achieved international fame as the creator of
the
Muppets
. He died of toxic shock syndrome at age 53.

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SANDY KOZEL

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On this day in 1972, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by
Arthur Bremer (below) in Laurel,
MD while campaigning for the
United States presidency. Wallace was paralyzed by the shot.

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On this day in 1948, Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria,
Iraq and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence. 

    
    
    
   
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Defenders of Kibbutz Nirim in southern Israel after the battle.

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On this day in 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the dissolution
of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

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Standard Oil Refinery No. 1 in Cleveland, Ohio, 1897.

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Lyman Frank Baum, author of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," was
born on this day in 1856. He wrote a total of 14 novels in the Oz
series, plus 41 other novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems,
and at least 42 scripts.

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June Carter Cash (Valerie June Carter)
June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003)

June Carter Cash was a singer, songwriter, actress, dancer,
comedian, and author who was a member of the
Carter
Family
and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash.

June died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 73, from
complications following heart-valve replacement surgery,
surrounded by her family including her husband of 35
years.

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Johnny and June Carter Cash.

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SANDY KOZEL

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An expedition led by Captain Christopher Newport went ashore at
Jamestown, Virginia on this day in 1607. The group had arrived 
at the location the day before. This became the first permanent
English colony in America.

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William Clark set off the famous expedition from Camp Dubois on this day in 1804. A few days later, in St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis joined the group. The group was known as the "Corps of Discovery."

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On this day in 1948, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (R) proclaimed
the independent State of Israel as British rule in Palestine came to an
end. U.S. President Harry S. Truman is on his left.

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Skylab One was launched into orbit around Earth as the first U.S. manned space station on this day in 1973.

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George Walton Lucas Jr. is 74 years old today. He was born in
Modesto, California.

Filmmaker George Lucas is best known as the creator of the Star Wars
and Indiana Jones
franchises, as well as the founder of
Lucasfilm and
Industrial Light & Magic. He was the chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm,
before selling it to
The Walt Disney Company in 2012.

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Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998)

Frank Sinatra was a singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most
popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the
best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million
records worldwide. Born in
Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants,
Sinatra began his musical career in the
swing era with bandleaders Harry
James
and Tommy Dorsey.

Sinatra died with his wife at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles on May 14, 1998, aged 82, after a
heart attack. Sinatra was in ill
health during the last few years of his life, and was frequently hospitalized
for heart and breathing problems, high blood pressure, pneumonia and
bladder cancer. He was further diagnosed as having
dementia. He had
made no public appearances following a heart attack in February 1997

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ROSS SIMPSON

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Stevland Hardaway Morris (Judkins) is 68 years old today. He was
born in
Saginaw
, MI.

Motown prodigy and multi-instrumentalist who broke the record for Grammy Awards held by a solo artist with twenty-two titles and released over thirty
top ten hits during his career. He signed with Motown Records when he was
eleven years old. Stevie Wonder released the hit song "Fingertips (Pt. 2)"
when he was thirteen.

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