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SANDY KOZEL

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The Lusitania, a civilian ship, was sunk by a German submarine on during WW l on this day in 1915. A total of 1,201 people were killed.

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Germany signed unconditional surrender ending World War II on
this day in 1945. It would take effect the next day.

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On this day in 1954, French Colonial Forces surrendered to the
Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu after 55 days of fighting.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893)  

Tchaikovsky is famous for composing "The Nutcracker" ballet, as
well as numerous symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, and
chamber-music pieces, he’s remembered as one of classical
music’s most popular composers. He began taking piano lessons
when he was five and was able to read music at the same level as
his first piano teacher in only three years.

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Bust sculpture monument to composer Peter Tchaikovsky near
the music school
in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

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Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo”
on this day in 1941.

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SANDY KOZEL

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The Stamp Act was passed on this day in 1765. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17,
1766.

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On this day in 1987, a barge loaded with 32,000 tons of refuse left
Islip,
NY, to find a place to unload. After being refused by several
states and three countries space was found back in Islip.

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On NBC-TV, Tom Brokaw (above) called the barge the“homeless
garbage barge” from Islip, N.Y. On CBS-TV, Dan Rather called the
Mobro barge “the most-watched load of garbage in the memory
of man."

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Tara Lipinski, at 14 years and 10 months, became the youngest
women’s world figure skating champion on this day in 1997.

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Tara Kristen Lipinski will be 36 June 10.

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The Beatles first album, "Please Please Me," was released in the
U.K. on this day in 1963.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber (Baron Lloyd-Webber) is 70 today.

Legendary showman and musical theatre impresario Andrew
Lloyd Webber is known for "Cats," "The Phantom of the Opera,"
and "Jesus Christ Superstar." He was honored with a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was also inducted into the
Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

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Jan. 18, 1988

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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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BRIAN THOMAS

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Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17), the Big Bopper (28) and pilot
Roger Peterson died in a plane crash in
Iowa on this day in 1959.

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An inscribed guitar and three records mark the location that the plane came to rest.
Crash site memorial north of Clear Lake, Iowa.

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The first rocket-assisted controlled landing on the Moon was made
by the Soviet space vehicle Luna 9 (above) on this day in 1966.

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Eileen Marie Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United States
Air
Force
 colonel. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the
first female pilot and first female commander of a
Space Shuttle on this day
in 1995 aboard STS-63. She was awarded several medals for her work. She
has logged 38 days 8 hours and 20 minutes in
outer space. Collins retired
on
May 1, 2006, to pursue private interests.


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On this day in 2003, Phillip Harvey Spector became notorious for the murder of the actress Lana Clarkson (below). He was convicted of
murder in
second degree.

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Recently released prison mugshots of Phil Spector (AP).

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Hundreds of people were feared drowned in the Red Sea on this day
in 2006 after an Egyptian ferry carrying 1,400 passengers and crew
sank in rough weather in one of the worst shipping disasters in the
world. Rescuers found at least 200 survivors in lifeboats and were
brought ashore.

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Norman Percevel Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978)

Norman Rockwell was a 20th-century American author, painter and illustrator
whose works have a broad popular appeal in the U.S. for their reflection of
American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations that
depict everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over
nearly five decades.

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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
(February 3, 1809 – November 4, 1847)


Born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early
romantic period. Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concertos, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer
Night’s Dream
, and the Italian Symphony.

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MIKE GRACIA


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Explorer I
was put into orbit around the earth on this day in 1958. It
was the first
U.S. earth satellite.

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From left: William Picketing, James Van Allen, and German scientist Wernher von Braun hold a model of Explorer 1.

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On this day in 2001, a Scottish court in the Netherlands convicted
one Libyan )above) and acquitted a second in the bombing of Pan
Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that occurred in 1988.

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On this day in 1945, Private Eddie Slovik became the only U.S.
soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion.

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Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007)

Norman Mailer was a novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker,
actor, and political activist. His novel The Naked and the Dead, published
in 1948 brought him fame. His best-known work is widely considered to
be The Executioner’s Song (1979) winner of the
Pulitzer Prize for fiction
and Armies of the Night won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and the
National Book Award.


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Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828)

Austrian composer was extremely prolific during his lifetime, which was only
31 years. His work consists of over 600 secular vocal works, seven complete
symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large amount of
chamber and piano music. Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers
of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently
performed composers of the early 19th century.

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Franz Schubert at the piano by Rudolf Klingsbögl.

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