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On this day in 1964, three civil rights workers disappeared.

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The U.S. Constitution went into effect when New Hampshire became
the ninth state to ratify it on this day in 1788.

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Signatures of John Langdon and Nicholas Gilman on the US
Constitution document. They represented New Hampshire.

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Cyrus Hall McCormick (February 15, 1809 – May 13, 1884)


Cyrus McCormick patented the first practical mechanical
reaper for farming on this day in 1843. His invention
allowed farmers to more than double their crop size.

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On this day in 1982, John Hinckley, Jr. (above) was found not guilty
by reason of insanity for the shooting of President Ronald Reagan
and three others during an assassination attempt on March 30, 1981.


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President Reagan (center) is rushed to a waiting vehicle after being
shot in the chest while leaving a union convention at a Washington,
D.C. Hotel.

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Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is 36 years old today.

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The Duke and Duchess of of Cambridge pictured outside the Lindo
Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, after the birth of
their second son.

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On this day in 1987, U.S,
President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet
Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. It was 29
months later when Gorbachev allowed Berliners to destroy the wall.

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On September 12,1990, now-former President Reagan returned
to Berlin with wife Nancy, where he personally took a few
symbolic hammer swings at a remnant of the Berlin Wall.

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On this day in 1963, Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally
shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS.

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Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963)

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Byron De La Beckwith was accused of killing civil rights activist
Medgar Evers in 1963. After two trials had hung juries in 1964,
he was finally convicted of the crime in 1994. He received a life
sentence in prison where he died on January 21, 2001 at the age
of 80.

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On 12 June 1978, Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in
prison for each murder, to be served consecutively. The Serial
killer had terrorized the streets of New York City for over a year.
killing six people and leaving seven others severely injured. He
was being called the .44 Caliber Killer at the time.

 

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David Richard Berkowitz turned 65 on June 1.


In 1987, Berkowitz claimed to have become an
evangelical Christian while
in prison. According to his personal testimony, his moment of
conversion
occurred after reading
Psalm 34:6 from a Bible given to him by a fellow
inmate. He says he is no longer to be referred to as the "Son of Sam"
but the "Son of Hope".  

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York on this day in 1939.

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This famous photo from the 1939 Hall of Fame dedication ceremony
is missing Ty Cobb, who received more votes than any other player
in the first election.

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Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" for President John F. Kennedy (below). The event was a fund-raiser at
New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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Malcolm X  (Malcolm Little) (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

Iconic Muslim minister, leader of the Nation of Islam, and human rights
activist, Malcom X spoke out against disenfranchisement of African
Americans and white supremacy.  His autobiography, published shortly
after his assassination in 1965, is considered one of the most important
nonfiction books of the 20th century. 
 
 

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Aristotle and Jacqueline Onassis.

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Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis (Bouvier)  
(July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994)

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In Massapequa, NY. on this day in 1992, Mary Jo Buttafuoco
was shot and seriously wounded by Amy Fisher. Fisher was
her husband Joey’s teen-age lover.

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Amy Elizabeth Fisher will be 44 on August 21. 

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Mary Jo and her husband Joey Buttafuoco.

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Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend is 73 years old today.

Pete Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and
multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist, backing
vocalist, and principal songwriter for the rock band
the Who. His
career with the Who spans over 50 years, during which time the
band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of
the 20th century.

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William Shakespeare (April 23, 1564 – April 23, 1616)

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James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998)

Ray was the alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. April
4, 1968, in
Memphis, Tennessee. He was convicted on his       
forty-first birthday after entering a
guilty plea to forgo a jury     
trial. Had he been found guilty by jury trial, he would have      
been eligible for the death penalty.

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Cesar Chavez (César Estrada Chávez)
(March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993)

Cesar Chavez was an American labor leader and civil rights
activist who, with
Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National
Farm Workers. Chavez died of unspecified natural causes
in
San Luis, Arizona, in the home of a former farm worker
and longtime friend.

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Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league
home run on this day in 1954. He later became the home run
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Henry Louis Aaron became 84 years old in February.

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Martin Luther King Jr. led a group of 25,000 to the state capital in Montgomery, AL. on this day in 1965.

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King delivering a speech on the steps of the State Capitol.

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In New York City on this day in 1911, 146 women were killed in fire
at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City. The owners
of the company were indicted on manslaughter charges because
some of the employees had been behind locked doors in the
factory. The owners were later acquitted and in 1914 they were
ordered to pay damages to each of the twenty-three families that
had sued.

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On this day in 1997, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s 85th
birthday was celebrated by a skydiving adventure at 9500 feet over 
Yuma, Arizona.

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Aretha Franklin in April 2016.

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Singer Aretha Louise Franklin is 76 years young today.

In 2017, Franklin canceled a series of concerts due to health reasons. During
an outdoors Detroit show, Franklin told the audience to "keep me in your
prayers". In July 2017, Franklin reemerged, appearing to lose more weight
before a performance at
the Wolf Trap in Virginia.

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Sir Elton Hercules John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) is 71 today.

Rock and roll legend Elton John has sold over 250 million albums in a
career that’s spanned over 50 years. He is best known for such hit songs
as "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," "Bennie and the Jets" and "Candle in
the Wind." He began playing the piano at age three and won a junior
scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.

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