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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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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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SANDY KOZEL

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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
king.         
         
         

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Henry Louis Aaron became 84 years old in February.

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MIKE GRACIA

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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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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1965, more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led
by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (center) began a march from Selma
to Montgomery,
AL.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrives in Montgomery, Alabama.

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On this day in 1960, about 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police fired upon demonstrators.

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On this day in 1989, Randall Dale Adams was released from a
Texas prison after his conviction was overturned. The 1988 
documentary film "The Thin Blue Line" challenged evidence
of Adams’ conviction for killing a police officer.

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Composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born on this day in 1685.

Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is
known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos 
and the Goldberg Variations, and vocal music such as the St Matthew
Passion
and the
Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he
has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

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SANDY KOZEL

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Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the
telephone on this day in 1876. He spoke the words "Mr. Watson,
come here, I want to see you."

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On this day in 1969, James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis, TN, to
the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the
guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of
1998.

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Police stand with civil rights leaders Ralph Abernathy (2L), Andrew
Young (3L), and Jesse Jackson (4L), and others on the balcony of
the the Lorraine Motel over body of slain American civil rights leader 
Dr. Martin Luther King following his assassination in Memphis, TN
on April 4, 1968.

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Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko
(September 24, 1911 – March 10, 1985)

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Herman Tarnower
(March 18, 1910 – March 10, 1980)

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Walter Matthau (left) and Art Carney (right) opened
on Broadway in "The Odd Couple" on this day in
1965. It later became a hit on television.

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