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In Johnstown, PA. on this day in 1889, more than 2,200 people died
after the South Fork Dam collapsed.

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Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel on this day in 1962. He was a Gestapo official and was executed for his actions in Nazi Germany’s
Holocaust.

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In North Carolina on this day in 2003, Eric Robert Rudolph was
captured. He had been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for five
years for several bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing.

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Eric Robert Rudolph will be 52 years old on September 19. 
    

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892)

American poet Walt Whitman is best known for his collections
Leaves of Grass and Drum-Taps. His 1865 poem "O Captain!
My Captain!" was written on the occasion of the death of
Abraham Lincoln.

Whitman dropped out of school at the age of eleven and, to
support his family, working as a law office assistant and a
newspaper apprentice.

     


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Clinton Eastwood Jr. is 88 years old today.

Clint Eastwood gained fame as an iconic actor in such classic Western
films as
A Fistful of Dollars (1967) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(1967) and as Detective Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry franchise
beginning in 1971. He later became a renowned director, receiving the
Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for his films
Unforgiven (1991) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). He also directed the
critically acclaimed films Mystic River (2003),
Gran Torino (2009) and
American Sniper (2014). 

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Clint Eastwood became a household name after
playing Rowdy Yates on the long-running CBS
Western series Rawhide.

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A CITY WAS DESTROYED ON THIS DAY IN 1948

Vanport in 1943, five years before the flood

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Vanport was dramatically destroyed at 4:05 p.m. on May 30, 1948,
when a 200-foot section of the dike holding back the Columbia
River collapsed during a flood, killing 15. The city was underwater

by nightfall leaving its inhabitants homeless.

Vanport, sometimes referred to as Vanport City or Kaiserville, was built as
a city for wartime
public housing in Multnomah County, Oregon between the Portland city boundary and the Columbia River. It is currently the site
of
Delta Park and the Portland International Raceway. Vanport construction
began in August 1942 to house the workers at the wartime Kaiser Shipyards
in Portland and
Vancouver, Washington. The Vanport name was a blending
of "Vancouver" and "Portland". The city home to 40,000 people, about 40
 
percent of them African-American, making it Oregon’s second-largest city
at the time, and the largest public housing project in the nation.

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Art by Henk Pander, Vanport Mosaic Festival.

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The Delta Park area today.

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Portland International Raceway.

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The destruction along Main Street in Johnstown, Pa., following the collapse of the South Fork Dam killing 2,209 people on this day in
1889.

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 Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) 

American poet Walt Whitman is best known for his collections Leaves of Grass
and Drum-Taps. His 1865 poem "O Captain! My Captain!" was written on the
occasion of the death of Abraham Lincoln. He dropped out of school at the
age of eleven and, to support his family, worked as a law office assistant and
a newspaper apprentice.

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It was on this day in 2003.

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Serial bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph (C) is escorted from
the Cherokee County Jail for a hearing in federal court.

                             

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Clinton Eastwood Jr. is 87 years old today. He was born in San
Francisco, California
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Clint Eastwood from The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966).

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Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry (1971).

Clint Eastwood worked as a lifeguard, a caddy, and a grocery clerk while growing
up. He became a household name after playing Rowdy Yates on the long-running
CBS-TV Western series Rawhide (1959 – 1965).

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IT WAS OREGON’S SECOND LARGEST CITY

Vanport in 1943, five years before the flood
The newly developed 648-acre complex called Vanport before the
flood. It was the largest public housing project in the United States.

It was on this day, Memorial Day in 1948, the Columbia River forced it’s way
through an embankment that had served as a dike and rushed into a local
shipbuilding housing project called Vanport. The flood killed 15 people and 
left 18,000 homeless when the community vanished in just one day. 

The area today is called Delta Park, along the Columbia River in Portland,
Oregon’s northern edge, a location of public parks, nature preserves and
sports complexes.

Aerial view of flooded area

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Vanport, Oregon                                                     (Oregon Historical Society)

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CITY DESTROYED ON THIS DAY IN 1948


The public housing project Vanport was destroyed at 4:05 P.M. on Sunday
May 30,1948, when a 200-foot section of a dike holding back the Columbia
River collapsed during a flood, killing 15 people. Oregon’s second largest
city vanished in a day. The area is currently the site of Delta Park and the Portland International Raceway north of the city of Portland.

Vanport in 1943, five years before the flood
The city of Vanport in 1943

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