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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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John William King

 

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Jasper County Assistant District Attorney Pat Hardy displays the
chain allegedly used to drag James Byrd.

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The Communists completed their takeover of Czechoslovakia on
this day in 1948.

Czechoslovakian Communist Party leader Klement Gottwald, addressing the crowds in Wenceslas Square, Prague, on 25 February 1948. Source: https://www.private-prague-guide.com/wp-content/klement_gottwald.jpg
Czechoslovakian Communist Party leader Klement Gottwald,
addressing the crowds in Wenceslas Square, Prague, on 25
February 1948.

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Israeli F-16 fighter-bombers destroyed Iraq’s only nuclear reactor on
this day in 1981.

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On this  day in 1972, the musical “Grease” opened
on Broadway. It had been playing off-Broadway for
about 4 months.

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Prince Rogers Nelson
(June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

Prince released ten platinum-selling albums and won multiple Grammy
Awards for Purple Rain (1984), including Best Performance and Best
Soundtrack. He became known for releasing over thirty Top Forty single
hits.  He suffered from epilepsy as a child, and began writing music at
age seven. One of
the first groups he worked with was 94 East.

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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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On this day in 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of
the 1876 presidential election by the
U.S. Congress. Samuel J. Tilden(below) however, had won the popular vote on November 7,
1876.

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Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is 87 years old today.

Mikhail Gorbachev was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union,
having been
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet
Union
from 1985 until 1991.

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From left: President Ronald Reagan and Mikail Gorbachev.

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The motion picture King Kong had its world premiere in New
York on this day in 1933.

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The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and
directed by
Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher
Plummer
premiered on this day in 1965 in  New York City. The film is an
adaptation of the 1959
stage musical of the same name, composed by
Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

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On  this day in 1986, Filippino President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled
the Philippines after 20 years of rule following a tainted election.

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Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr.
(September 11, 1917 – September 28, 1989)

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Corazon Aquino, widow of slain opposition leader
Benigno Aquino.

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Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized the late Josef Stalin
in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow on
this day in 1956.

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Josef Stalin died in 1953.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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On this day in 1836, Samuel Colt received U.S. Patent No. 138
(later 9430X) for a "revolving-cylinder pistol." It was his first
patent.

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On Feb. 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay became the world heavyweight boxing champion, defeating Sonny Liston in an
upset.

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George Harrison (February 25, 1943-November 29, 2001)


George Harrison achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of
the Beatles, the best-selling band in history. He is often referred to
as "the quiet Beatle".

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