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The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in
Kiev on this day in 1986. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material.

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John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry on this day 
in 1865.

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On April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth (above) assassinated President Abraham Lincoln while he was watching the play ‘Our American Cousin’ at Ford Theater in Washington, D.C.

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The British established an American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia 
on this day in 1607.
It was the first permanent English establishment
in the Western Hemisphere.

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On this day in 1937, German planes attacked Guernica, Spain, during
the Spanish Civil War for the Spanish nationalist government. This
raid is considered one of the first to be attacks on a civilian
population by a modern air force.

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Spanish Civil War: the Spanish town of Guernica, after the bombing
by German and Italian aircraft.

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The state of Vermont  enacted same-sex unions on this day in 2000.

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It was on this day in 1989.

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Lucille Désirée Ball Morton (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989)

Lucille Ball was an actress, comedian, model, film-studio executive, and
producer. She was best known as the star of the self-produced sitcoms
I Love Lucy
(1951-1967) on CBS, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour (1957-1960)
on CBS, The Lucy Show
(1962-1968) CBS, Here’s Lucy (1968-1974) CBS,
and Life with Lucy for only one season in 1986 on ABC.

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DAVID MELENDY

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In Blacksburg, VA, on this day in 2007, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

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The 23-year-old student gunman Seung-Hui Cho.

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In Texas City, TX. on this day in 1947, the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, leaving
576 people dead.

    
   
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On this day in 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution after years of exile.

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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977)

Comedic silent film icon Charlie Chaplin gained world fame for portraying
his character, The Tramp (1915) and starred in
The Great Dictator (1940)
and
Modern Times. He had a career that lasted over 75 years, and became
one of the most important people in film history.

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On this day in 1996, Britain’s Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced that they were in the process of getting
a divorce.

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The Rolling Stones released their debut album on this day in 1964.

   

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Michael Jordan played his last NBA game on this day in 2003.

Michael Jordan, who was on the bench and unlikely to enter the game,
was re-inserted into the line-up by Washington Wizards coach Doug
Collins with 2:35 left in the fourth quarter after the crowd of 20,000+
chanted Michael’s name.

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MIKE GRACIA

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On this day in 1997, Dr. Martin Luther King JR’s son Dexter (left) 
met with James Earl Ray, the accused assassin of his father.

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It was on this day in 2002.

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On this day in 1998, the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra,
the first pill for male impotence.

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Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Film director, producer, and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino first received
acclaim for his 1990s crime films
Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie
Brown
.  He dropped out of High School his freshman year to go to acting
school.

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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1968, U.S. troops in Vietnam destroyed a village
consisting mostly of women and children. The event is known
as the My-Lai massacre.

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William Laws Calley Jr. will be 75 in June.

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Terry Anderson, an Associated Press newsman, was taken hostage
in Beirut on this day in 1985. He was released on December 4,1991.

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Physicist Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket on
this day in 1926. Goddard is known as the father of modern rocketry.

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Robert Hutchings Goddard
(October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945)

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Jerry Lewis (Joseph Levitch)  (March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017)

Comedian, actor, and muscular dystrophy telethon host Jerry Lewis 
formed one of history’s greatest comedy teams with
Dean Martin. He
received
Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Los Angeles Film
Critics Association, The American Comedy Awards, and the Venice
Film Festival.

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From left: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

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SANDY KOZEL

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Joseph Raymond McCarthy


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During the U.S. Civil War on this day in 1862, the ironclads Monitor
(left) and USS Merrimack (right), which had been rechristened the Virginia, fought to a draw in a five-hour battle at Hampton Roads, Virginia.

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George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum)
(January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996)


George Burns was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully
spanned
vaudeville, radio, film and television. He and his wife, Gracie
Allen
, appeared on radio, television, and film as the comedy duo Burns
and Allen
.

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