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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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The Spanish Civil War began on this day in 1936 as Gen. Francisco Franco (below) led an uprising of army troops based in Spanish
North Africa.

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It was on this day in 1969.

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Senator Ted Kennedy wearing a neck brace following the accident.

Senator Ted Kennedy ran his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island,
killing his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. He swam free, leaving the scene,
and did not report the accident to the police for ten hours.

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013)


South African revolutionary and politician who radically changed the
conditions of the Apartheid state of South Africa by addressing
institutionalized racism and inequality. He served 27 years in prison
and, upon his release in 1994, he became South Africa’s first black
chief executive, an office he served for five years.

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Seven year old Ricky Skaggs on television in 1961.

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Country and bluegrass singer Rickie Lee Skaggs is 64 today.


Ricky Skaggs was inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame this 
year. He has achieved 12 #1 hits, 8 CMA awards, and 8 ACM awards. In
1982, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the youngest to ever
be inducted at that time.

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On this day in 1917, the U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war
on Germany and entered World War I on the Allied side.

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Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the
first men to reach the North Pole on this day in 1909.

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The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece on this
day in 1896.

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Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) the country
singer was born in
Oildale, California
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Merle Haggard  recorded "Okie From Muskogee" and was the leader of
the band The Strangers. He was a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee
in 1994.

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Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh) (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998)

After years of medical problems which resulted in[ numerous hospitalizations, roughly 15 major operations and an addiction to pain medication, country
singer Tammy Wynette died on April 6, 1998 at the age of 55 while sleeping
on her couch. Wynette’s doctor from
Pennsylvania said she died of a blood
clot
in her lung. Despite her persistent illnesses, she continued to perform
until shortly before her death and had other performances scheduled.

Wynette was called the "First Lady of Country Music", and her best-known
song, "
Stand by Your Man", is one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman
in the history of country music. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she
charted 20 number-one songs. Along with
Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton,
Tammy is credited with having defined the role of women in country music
during the 1970s.

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On this day in 1964, Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000
Beatles fans as it arrived at New York’s JFK airport, bringing The
Beatles to the U.S. for the first time.

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Ramzi Yousef, a Pakistani national who planned and carried out
the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center that killed six people
and injured 1,000 others, was arrested on this day in 1995.

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Hussein bin Talal (November 14, 1935 – February 7, 1999)

Hussein was King of Jordan from the abdication of his father,
King Talal, on 11 August 1952, until his death from cancer in
1999.

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King Hussein I of Jordan was buried at the Royal Cemetery at Al-
Maquar.

 

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

Charles Dickens was a prolific and highly influential 19th century British
author, who penned such acclaimed works as ‘Oliver Twist,’ ‘A Christmas
Carol,’ ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘Great Expectations.’

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singer/songwriter Troyal Garth Brooks is 56 years old today.

According to the RIAA, Garth Brooks is the best-selling solo albums artist
in the
U.S. with 148 million domestic units sold, ahead of Elvis Presley, and
is second only to the Beatles in total album sales overall. He is also one of 
the world’s
best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records. Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame October
21, 2012. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. 



 

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Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait on this day in 1520.

The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.

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Ferdinand Magellan
  (1480 – April 27, 1521)

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Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain
on this day in 1990.

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Jeffrey Dahmer, a convicted serial killer, was clubbed
to death in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate on
this day in 1994.

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On this day in 1925, “The Grand Ole Opry” made its radio debut
on station WSM, Nashville under the name "WSM Barn Dance".

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COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND HAS DIED AT 85

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Lonnie Melvin "Mel" Tillis
(August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017)

(Fox News) – Country music singer Mel Tillis, whose six-decade career included
hits such as “I Ain’t Never” and “Coca Cola Cowboy,” died today (Sunday).   

His publicist said Tillis passed away at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala,
Fla. He was previously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville
Songwriters Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry. Former President Barack Obama
awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts in 2012 (below).

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Mel Tillis was among eight recipients
of President Obama’s National Medal
of the Arts in 2012.  

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