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ED DANAHUE


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Carol Elaine Channing (January 31, 1921 – January 15, 2019)

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The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm on
this day in 1991. The operation was designed to drive Iraqi forces
out of Kuwait. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is shown above at ease
with his tank troops in Saudi Arabia in January 12, 1991 before the
U.S. executed the operation. 

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On the evening of January 16,1991, President George H. W. Bush addressed the nation to discuss the launch of Operation Desert
Storm.

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Coalition troops from Egypt, Syria, Oman, France and Kuwait
during Operation Desert Storm.

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The launch of Space Shuttle Columbia was planned to begin on
January 11, 2001, but the mission was delayed 18 times and
eventually launched on January 16, 2003 (above).  

During the lift-off of Columbia’s 28th mission, a piece of foam
insulation broke off from the Space Shuttle’s external tank and
struck the left wing of the craft. An accident investigation board determined the damage to the wing allowed hot atmospheric
gases to inter the heat shield, destroying the internal wing
structure and caused the spacecraft to become unstable and
break apart upon re-entering Earth’s atmosphere on February
1, killing all seven crew members.   

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The crew of Space Shuttle Columbia in October 2001. From left to
right: Brown
, Husband, Clark, Chawla, Anderson, McCool, Ramon.

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Remains of a helmet found in a field after the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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CAMILLE
BOHANNON


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On this day in 1777, the Battle of Princeton in New Jersey took place 
during the War of Independence. George Washington defeated the
British forces, led by Cornwallis. The Battle is the climax of a period known as the “10 Crucial Days.”

Washington at Princeton


A 1784 portrait of Washington by Charles Willson
Peale depicting him at the Battle of Princeton.

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ROSS SIMPSON

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Romania’s hard-line Communist ruler, Nicolae Ceausescu, was overthrown in a popular uprising on this day in 1989.

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Foreign protesters campaign against the Ceaucescu regime.

Executed: Ceausescu and his wife Elena attempted to flee Romania in 1989 but were caught and executed
Ceausescu and his wife Elena attempted to flee Romania but were 
caught and executed in Targoviste on Christmas Day.

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The above photo shows the wall where the two were shot. The site
became part of a museum in 2013.

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Richard Colvin Reid, also known as the Shoe Bomber, is a British terrorist who attempted to detonate an explosive device packed
into his shoes
while on American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to
Miami on this day in 2001.

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One of Richard Reid’s explosive shoes.

Sideview of 767 on climbout against a pale blue sky. A blue, white and red cheat-line runs the full length of the fuselage, above which says "American". The vertical tail sports two "A"s, between which is a simplified eagle.

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SANDY KOZEL

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On this day in 1803, the United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer was completed with formal ceremonies in New Orleans.

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Hoisting of American Colors over Louisiana. Painting depicting first raising of the USA flag with the Louisiana Purchase, in main plaza
(now Jackson Square), New Orleans.

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The Frank Capra film "It’s A Wonderful Life" premiered at the Globe Theatre in New York on this day in 1946.

 Time said, "It’s a Wonderful Life is a pretty wonderful movie. It has
only one formidable rival (Goldwyn’s The Best Years of Our Lives
)
as Hollywood’s best picture of the year. Director Frank Capra’s inventiveness, humor, and affection for human beings keep it
glowing with life and excitement."

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Frank Russell Capra (Francesco Rosario Capra)
(May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991)

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MIKE GRACIA

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The first successful gasoline-powered manned airplane flight took
place near Kitty Hawk,
NC. on this day in 1903. Orville and Wilbur
Wright made the flight.

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While Wright Brothers were building the Flyer they continued to make 
practice flights with their 1902 glider (above). They made about 2000
total glides. 

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Television history was made on this day in 1969 when singer Tiny
Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger were married on "The Tonight Show"
with Johnny Carson on NBC.

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Tiny Tim (Herbert Buckingham Khaury)
(April 12, 1932 – November 30,
1996)


Tiny Tim suffered a heart attack just as he began singing at a ukulele festival at the Montague Grange Hall in
Montague, Massachusetts.

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