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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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SANDY KOZEL

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Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death in Jerusalem by an Israeli court on this  day in 1961. He had been
tried on charges for organizing the deportation of Jews to
concentration camps.

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A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller (above) disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel during a flight to
Paris.


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A US Army-Air Force C-64 Norseman Aircraft similar to the one
carrying Glenn Miller.  

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On this day in 1791, the first ten amendments to the Constitution,
known as the Bill of Rights, went into effect following ratification
by the state of
Virginia.

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On this day in 1890, Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other
tribe members were killed in Grand River,
SD, during an incident
with Indian police working for the
U.S. government.


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Walter Elias "Walt" Disney died in Los Angeles on this day in 1966.

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The movie "Gone With the Wind," produced by David O. Selznick
based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew’s
Grand Theater in Atlanta on this day in 1939. The epic film starred  
Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

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Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.

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TIM MAGUIRE

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The Edmund Fitzgerald, an ore-hauling ship, and its crew of 29
vanished during a storm in Lake Superior on this day in 1975.

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Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev died of a heart attack at age 75
on this day in 1982. He was suceeded by Yuri V. Andropov.

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Henry M. Stanley, journalist and explorer, found David Livingstone
on this day in 1871. Livingston was a missing Scottish missionary
in central Africa. Stanley delivered his famous greeting: "Dr.
Livingstone, I presume?"

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On this day in 1969, "Sesame Street" made its debut on PBS.

Sesame Street is a long-running educational children’s television series that
combines live action, sketch comedy, animation and puppetry. It is produced
by Sesame Workshop (formerly known as the Children’s Television Workshop)
and was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett.


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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Japan surrendered to the U.S. aboard the USS Missouri on this
day in 1945, ending World War II. The war ended six years and
one day after it began.

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Gen. Douglas MacArthur signs the documents of Japanese
surrender.

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During the U.S. Civil War on this day in 1864, Union forces led by  
Gen. William T. Sherman (below) occupied Atlanta following the
retreat of the Confederates.


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The Great Fire of London broke out on this day in 1666. The fire
burned for three days destroying 10,000 buildings including St.
Paul’s Cathedral. Only 6 people were killed.

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It was on this day in 1969.

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It was announced on this day in 1985,  the remains of the Titanic
had been found on September 1 by a
U.S. and French expedition 
560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing 
for 73 years. The tragedy of the RMS Titanic rocked the world
on April 15, 1912.

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CARLATA BRADLEY

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Last combat troops began leaving Vietnam on this day in 1972.

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Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy Jr. (July 25, 1915 – August 12, 1944)

Joseph Kennedy, Jr was a United States Navy lieutenant. He was killed in action
during World War II while serving as a land-based patrol bomber pilot and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. He was the oldest brother of John F.
Kennedy. Joseph was the only Kennedy son who never sought political office.

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New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey (left) resigned after revealing
that he was gay on this day in 2004.
  

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The Russian nuclear submarine Kursk sank and its 118-man crew
died during naval exercises in the Barents Sea on this day in 2000.

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Wreck of the Kursk on a floating dock at Roslyakovo.

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Cecil Blount DeMille
(August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959)

Cecil B. DeMille was a filmmaker who made a total of 70 features, both
silent and sound films between 1913 and 1956. He is acknowledged as
a founding father of American cinema and the most successful producer-    
director in film history. His films were distinguished by their epic scale
and by his cinematic showmanship.   

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