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An exchange between Sen. Joseph McCarthy (right) and Joseph
Welch (left) took place on this day in 1954. Sen. McCarthy was
confronted by Welch over his anti-communist stance. Welch
represented the Army during the Army-McCarthy hearings. 
 

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Charles John Huffam Dickens
(February 7, 1812 – June 9, 1870)
 

Charles Dickens was an English writer and social
critic. He created some of the world’s best-known
fictional characters and is regarded by many as
the greatest novelist of the
Victorian era. His works
enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime,
and by the 20th century critics and scholars had
recognized him as a literary genius. His novels and
short stories enjoy lasting popularity. Dickens
suffered stroke at his home after a full day’s work
on his final novel Edwin Drood and never regained
consciousness. His ending for the unfinished book
remains unknown.

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Comedian/actor Richard Pryor was severely burned by a "free-base" mixture that exploded in his home on this day in 1980. He was hospitalized more than two months.

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On this day in 1973, Secretariat won the 105th Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths and ran the fastest 1 1/2 miles on dirt at 2:24.

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Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009)

Les Paul  was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar. He
taught himself how to play guitar, and while he is mainly known for jazz
and popular music, he had an early career in country music. Paul is
credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first
to use the technique, his early experiments with
overdubbing (also known
as
sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention

Les Paul is the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

 

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He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and together 
they sold millions of records.

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Edmund Hillary (left) and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became first men
to  reach the top of Mount Everest on this day in 1953.

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John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy
(May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)

Commonly referred to by his initials JFK, John F. Kennedy 
was a politician who served as the
35th President of the
United States
from January 1961 until his assassination 
in November 1963.

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John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy the morning of November 22,
1963.

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On this day in 1765, Patrick Henry denounced the
Stamp Act before
Virginia‘s House of Burgesses.

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Today, churchgoers still attend services at St. John’s
Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., where Patrick
Henry made his “Give me Liberty, or give me Death” 
speech.
  

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Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope  (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003)

Legendary vaudeville comedian, radio personality, and actor Bob
Hope entertained military personnel in 57 USO tours between 1942
and 1988. He performed hundreds of acts with his special humor
per year during the height of his career, hosted The Academy
Awards fourteen times, and appeared in over 70 films and shorts.

At a young age, he began performing for voluntary donations on the
Luna Park streetcar by singing and making jokes. In 1915 Bob Hope
won an amateur talent contest for his
Charlie Chaplin impersonation.    

In 1997, the U.S. Congress declared Bob Hope the "first and only
honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces."

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Comedian Bob Hope and his wife, Dolores are shown in their Palm
Springs, Calif., home in May 1998.


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On this day in 1934, the Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario, to Olivia and Elzire Dionne. The babies were the first quint’s 
to survive infancy. Mother Elzire Dionne with her quintuplets (above).
 
    
    

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Annette and Cecile Dionne are 84 today and are the two surviving
members of the Dionne Quintuplets.


    
   

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Ian Lancaster Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964)

Fleming was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence
officer
who is best known for his James Bond series of spy
novels
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Horace Stoneham, left, owner of the New York Giants congratulates Walter O’Malley owner of the Dodgers.

On this day in 1957, National League club owners voted to allow
the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to Los Angeles and that the New
York Giants could move to San Francisco.

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Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David)

On this day in 1972, The Duke of Windsor, who gave up the British throne in
1936 to marry an American divorcee, died at 77 in his home near Paris. He
was a smoker from an early age, was diagnosed with
throat cancer and
underwent
cobalt therapy.

        

                   

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Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998)

Canadian born actor/comedian Phil Hartman garnered fame in 1986
when he joined the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. He
won fame for his impressions, particularly of President
Bill Clinton,
and he stayed on the show for eight seasons. Given the moniker
"The Glue" for his ability to hold the show together and help other
cast members, Hartman won a
Primetime Emmy Award for his SNL
work in 1989.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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On this day in 1927, Charles Lindbergh (below) took off from New
York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the "Spirit
of St.
Louis." The flight took 33 1/2 hours.


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On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the
Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.


The Lockheed Vega 5B flown by Amelia Earhart as seen on display
at the
National Air and Space Museum.

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A white mob attacked the Freedom Riders in Montgomery, AL
. on
this day in 1961.
The event prompted the federal government to
send U.S. marshals (below).

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In Spain on this day in 1506, explorer Christopher Columbus died in
poverty at age 54. He had been in poor health and bedridden for
some time.

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Gilda Susan Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989)

Gilda Radner was a comedian, writer, actress, and one of seven original
cast members
of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. Her
SNL work established her as an iconic figure in the history of American
comedy.
 


Radner was admitted to
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on
May 17, 1989, to undergo a
CT scan. She was given a sedative and went
into a coma during the scan. She did not regain consciousness and died
three days later, from ovarian cancer and complications due to intestinal perforation on May 20, 1989; husband Gene Wilder was at her side.

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Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner, January 30, 1989.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade on this
day in 1949.

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It was on this day in 1932 that baby Lindbergh (below) was found
more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s
Hopewell, New Jersey mansion.

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Burt Freeman Bacharach is 90 years old today. He was born in
Kansas City, Missouri.

Burt Bacharach is a composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and
singer who has composed hundreds of popular hit songs from the late
1950s through the 1980s, many in collaboration with popular lyricist
Hal
David
. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award 
winner, Bacharach’s songs have been recorded by more than 1,000
different artists. As of 2014, he had written 73 US and 52 UK
Top 40 hits
and is considered one of the most important composers of 20th-century
popular music.

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