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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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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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The Pentagon reported the first of two North Vietnamese attacks on
U.S.
destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin on this day in 1964. 

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President Lyndon Johnson.


 

       
        
        
        
        
        
        

        
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Iraq invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait on this day in 1990. Iraq claimed that Kuwait had driven down oil prices by exceeding
production quotas set by OPEC.

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On this day in 1943, the
U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank
after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under
the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy (pictured above).

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Warren Gamaliel Harding (November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923)

Harding was the 29th President of the United States and was well liked
and admired. His death from a heart attack came as a great shock to the
nation.

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"Wild Bill" Hickok was assassinated by Jack McCall in Saloon #10
in Deadwood, Dakota Territory.
   

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ED DANAHUE

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On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson (left) signed
into law the Social Security Act that established Medicare and
Medicaid. It went into effect the following year.

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Wrecked warehouses and scattered debris after the explosion.

The Black Tom explosion on July 30, 1916, in Jersey City, New Jersey, was
an act of
sabotage by German agents to destroy American-made munitions
that were to be supplied to the
Allies in World War I. This incident, which
happened prior to American entry into the war, is also notable for causing
damage to the
Statue of Liberty.


The Lehigh Valley pier after the blast.

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The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on
this day in 1945. The ship had just delivered key components of the
Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out
of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack.

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The USS Indianapolis in San Diego Harbor prior to the attack.

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Ford at age 25.

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Henry Ford
(July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947)

Founder of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, developed the assembly-
line process for mass production. One of his first cars was the Model T
(below).

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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is 70 years old today.

Bodybuilder, actor, and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger served as the governor
of California from 2003 to 2011. His best known films include Conan the Barbarian
(1982) Predator (1987), The Terminator series (beginning in 1984), and Total Recall
(1990). He decided to pursue a career as a bodybuilder at age fourteen, despite demonstrating ability in football. He became the youngest person to win the Mr.
Universe contest when he was 20.

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