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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1978, Cult leader Jim Jones and hundreds of his
followers died in a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana
in South America.
It was the largest mass suicide in modern
history and resulted in the largest single loss of American
civilian life in a non-natural disaster until September 11, 2001.


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REV. JIM JONES

             A vat that contained a drink laced with deadly cyanide sits on a sidewalk at People's Temple in Jonestown, Guyana.

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Shown are bodies of members of the Peoples Temple who died
after their leader Jim Jones ordered them to drink Flav-R-Aid
laced with cyanide. 

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Congressman Leo Ryan (above) was among five killed by Temple members at the nearby Port Kaituma airstrip (below).

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The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon premiered
in New York on this day in 1928. It was Walt Disney’s "Steamboat
Willie," starring Mickey Mouse.

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Walt Disney drawing “Steamboat Willie”.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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On this day in 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. It came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. An estimated 74,000
people were killed. Japan surrendered
August 14.

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On this day in 1974, President Richard Nixon formally resigned and
Gerald R. Ford (below) took his place, becoming the 38th president
of the
United States.

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President and Mrs. Nixon left the White House after his resignation.

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It was on this day in 1969.

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From left: Charles Manson and his cult family.

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Charles Milles Manson (Maddox)
(November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017)

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"Walden" was published by Henry David Thoreau on this
day in 1854.

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Henry David Thoreau 
(July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)

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Jerome John Garcia  (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995)

As one of its founders, Jerry Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead
for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995). He was well known for
his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone‘s
"100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Garcia was staying in a drug
rehabilitation facility when he died of a heart attack at the age of 
53.

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ED DONAHUE

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The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb on this day in 1995. It was the worst bombing
on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and
500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh (below) was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.

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The American Revolution began on this day in 1775 as fighting broke
out at Lexington, MA.

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The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground
on this day in 1993. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the
cult and U.S. federal agents. A total of 86 people were killed including
17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.

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Cult leader David Koresh.

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Actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco on this day in 1956.

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The musical debuted on Broadway on this day in 2001.

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CARLATA BRADLEY

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From left: Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat, President Jimmy
Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

The Camp David treaty was signed by Israel and Egypt on this day in 1979. It 
ended the 31-year state of war between the two countries.

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On this day in 1997, the 39 bodies of Heaven’s Gate members were
found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe,
CA. They had apparently
committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a
spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp.

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Marshall Applewhite (above) the leader of the Heaven’s Gate cult.

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The first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup on this day in 1917.

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On this day in 1964, the musical "Funny Girl" opened on 
Broadway starring
Barbra Streisand.

The semi-biographical plot of “Funny Girl” is based on the life
and career of
Broadway star, film actress and comedian Fanny
Brice
featuring her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and
gambler Nick Arnstein. Its original title was My Man. The musical
was nominated for eight
Tony Awards but, with competition from
Hello, Dolly!, it failed to win in any categories.

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Diana Ross, lifetime achievement award recipient, poses in the press room at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Diana Ernestine Ross is 74 years young today.

Motown singer Diana Ross gained fame as a member of The
Supremes
and who later won a Golden Globe for her role as
Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues in 1972. She once
dreamed of being a fashion designer.

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SANDY KOZEL

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In a Cambridge University laboratory on this day in 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-
helix structure of DNA.

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On this day in 1993, U.S. Federal agents raided the compound of an armed religious cult in Waco, TX. The ATF had planned to arrest
the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on federal
firearms charges. Four agents and six Davidians were killed and
a 51-day standoff followed.
      

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Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated in Stockholm
on this day in 1986. He was 59.


Blood on a street in downtown Stockholm, Sweden, after the assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.

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Album released on this day in 1983. It became groups first number-
one album in the UK.

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