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Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships on this day
in 1492. The voyage led him to what is now known as the Americas.

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On this day in 1914, Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany.

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Alger Hiss (above) was a government official who was accused
of being a
Soviet spy on this day in 1948. His case became one 
of the defining – and still highly controversial – episodes of the
Cold War.

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Whittaker Chambers is seated on the left in the above photo.

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On this day in 1981, U.S. traffic controllers with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), went on strike. They were
fired just as
President Ronald Reagan had warned.

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded on this day
in 1949.

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Singer Tony Bennett (Anthony Dominick Benedetto) is 92 today.

Tony Bennett is known for his renditions of show tunes, jazz, and popular
songs like "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and "Rags to Riches."

He dropped out of school to work as a copy boy in order to help support
his family. He was a painting and music student at New York’s School of
Industrial Art.

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SANDY KOZEL

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Charles A. Lindberg completed the first solo nonstop airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean on this day in 1927. The trip began May 20.

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The American branch of the Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton
on this day in 1881.

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Clarissa "Clara" Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912)

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Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks (above) was murdered in a
"thrill killing" committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard
Loeb (below) on this day in 1924. The killers were students
at the University of Chicago.


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On this day in 1959, the musical "Gypsy" opened on Broadway
and played 702 performances, closing on March 25, 1961 at the
Imperial Theatre.

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From left: Sandra Church as Louise, Ethel Merman starred as
Rose, and Jack Klugman as Herbie.

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An expedition led by Captain Christopher Newport went ashore at
Jamestown, Virginia on this day in 1607. The group had arrived 
at the location the day before. This became the first permanent
English colony in America.

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William Clark set off the famous expedition from Camp Dubois on this day in 1804. A few days later, in St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis joined the group. The group was known as the "Corps of Discovery."

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On this day in 1948, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (R) proclaimed
the independent State of Israel as British rule in Palestine came to an
end. U.S. President Harry S. Truman is on his left.

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Skylab One was launched into orbit around Earth as the first U.S. manned space station on this day in 1973.

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George Walton Lucas Jr. is 74 years old today. He was born in
Modesto, California.

Filmmaker George Lucas is best known as the creator of the Star Wars
and Indiana Jones
franchises, as well as the founder of
Lucasfilm and
Industrial Light & Magic. He was the chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm,
before selling it to
The Walt Disney Company in 2012.

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Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998)

Frank Sinatra was a singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most
popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the
best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million
records worldwide. Born in
Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants,
Sinatra began his musical career in the
swing era with bandleaders Harry
James
and Tommy Dorsey.

Sinatra died with his wife at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles on May 14, 1998, aged 82, after a
heart attack. Sinatra was in ill
health during the last few years of his life, and was frequently hospitalized
for heart and breathing problems, high blood pressure, pneumonia and
bladder cancer. He was further diagnosed as having
dementia. He had
made no public appearances following a heart attack in February 1997

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AN AMERICAN CLASSIC SINCE 1847

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Necco Wafers are a candy made by the United States-based New England Confectionery Company (
Necco). The wafers were first produced in 1847
and are considered by Necco to be its core product. Each roll of Necco
Wafers contains eight flavors:
lemon (yellow), lime (green), orange (orange),
clove (purple), cinnamon (white), wintergreen (pink), licorice (black), and
chocolate (brown). The ingredients in Necco Wafers are sugar, corn syrup,
gelatin, gums, colorings, and flavorings.

Oliver Chase, an English immigrant, invented a lozenge cutting machine
with which he produced the wafers. At the time of the Civil War,
 these were
originally called "hub wafers" and were carried by Union soldiers. In 1901,
Chase and Company merged with two other companies to incorporate the
New England Confectionery Company. By 1912 the wafers were being
advertised as "Necco Wafers", a name they still carry today.

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An artists depiction of Necco’s founder Oliver Chase in
1847 with his lozenge cutter machine.

   
    

 
The New England Candy Company factory is based in Revere, MA.

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The "Anschluss" took place on this day in 1938 as German troops entered Austria.

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President Franklin Roosevelt presented his first presidential address
to the nation. It was the first of the "Fireside Chats."

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Gacy, known as the “Killer Clown” was convicted on this day
in 1980.

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The Girl Scout organization was founded by Juliette Gordon Low on
this day in 1912. The original name was Girl Guides.

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Juliette Gordon Low 
(October 31, 1860 – January 17, 1927)

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On this day in 1987, "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway.


The Broadway production opened ran until 18 May 2003, closing after
6,680 performances. It is the
fifth longest-running Broadway show in
history and was the second-longest at the time. The production was
nominated for 12
Tony Awards and won eight, including Best Musical
and
Best Original Score.

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