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Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. 
on this day in 1869. A golden spike was driven in the rail during the      
celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the
U.S.

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The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany on this
day in 1933. The books targeted for burning were those viewed as
being subversive or representing ideologies opposed to Nazism
.

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On this day in 1941, Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, parachuted
into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission.

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Allied military and locals pose with the remains of Rudolph Hess’ Messerschmitt ME-110 after it crash-landed near the Scottish
village of Eaglesham.

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Nelson Mandela made history by becoming the first black president
of South Africa
after more than three centuries of white rule. He was sworn in to office on this day in 1994.

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Convicted of 33 murders, John Wayne Gacy Jr. was sentenced to
death
on March 13, 1980, for 12 of those killings. He spent 14 years
on
death row before he was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on this day in 1994.  

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Gacy during a TV interview in 1992.

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Bono (Paul David Hewson) is 58 today. Born in Dublin, Ireland.


Bono is best known as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of
rock band U2
which earned over 20 Grammy Awards and has sold of 150 million records.

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On this day in 1945, Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci
were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the
country.

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Muhammad Ali (center) refused induction into the U.S. Army on this
day in 1967 and was stripped of his boxing title. He cited religious
grounds for his refusal.

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A recruiting sergeant talks to Ali at the induction center in Houston. 

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A Russian rocket launched from Central Asia with the first space
tourist aboard on this day in 2001. The crew consisted of California businessman Dennis Tito (61) and two cosmonauts. The destination
was the international space station.

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Dennis Tito Returns From Space Voyage.

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Young Jay Leno High School Photo.

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James Douglas Muir Leno is 68 years old today. He was born in New Rochelle, New York.

Stand-up comedian Jay Leno hosted The Tonight Show from 1992 to 2014 and
had gained additional fame for his exquisite car collection (below). He was
inducted into the
Television Hall of Fame in 2014.

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On this day in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last speech
just 24 hours before he was assassinated. He spoke on… "I’ve Been
To The Mountaintop”.

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On this day in 1936, Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for
the kidnapping and death of the son of famous aviator Charles
Lindbergh and his wife Anne.

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Bruno Richard Hauptmann
(November 26, 1899 – April 3, 1936)

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The Charles Lindbergh family.

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President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe on this day in 1948. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.

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On this day in 1882, the outlaw Jesse James was shot in the
back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There
was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse
James that had been killed.

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Robert Newton Ford (January 31, 1862 – June 8, 1892)

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The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO for Sacramento,
CA. on this day in 1860. The trip across country took about 10
days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.

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Marlon Brando Jr.
(April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) He was born
in Omaha, Nebraska
.

Marlon Brando portrayed powerful characters such as Don Vito in The
Godfather
(1972), Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954), and Colonel
Kurtz in
Apocalypse Now (1979). His performances in A Streetcar Named
Desire
(1951) earned him additional acclaim.

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In the U.S. on this day in 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed
on June 19, 1953.

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On this day in 1971, Lt. William Calley Jr., of the U.S. Army, was
found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial was the
result of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.

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The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam on this day in 1973.

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It was on this day in 2005.

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From left: O.J. Simpson and his attorney Johnnie Cochran.

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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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