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SANDY KOZEL

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On this day in 1992, rioting began after a jury decision to acquit four
Los Angeles policemen (below) in the Rodney King beating trial. A
total of 54 people were killed in 3 days.

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Rodney King, central figure in L.A. riots.

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On this day in 1945, the Nazi death camp, Dachau, was liberated and
on the same day in a bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun
(below) were married. 

    
    
    
   
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President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.

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Jerome Allen
"Jerry"
Seinfeld is 64 years old today. He was born in
Brooklyn, New York.

Stand-up comedian, producer, actor, and writer Jerry Seinfeld co-created
and starred in the NBC sitcom
Seinfeld, which became one of the most
popular television comedies of all time, winning ten Emmy Awards during
its run which began in 1989 and aired for nine seasons. In 2012, he began
the internet comedy series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, where he
chats with other comedians.
 

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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)

One of the jazz worlds most influential figures. He led his famed orchestra
from 1923 until his death. He called his music American Music, not jazz. He
helped compose more than 1,000 original pieces, many of which became
standards. Ellington was called Duke by his friends growing up because
his suave sophistication reminded them of a nobleman.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Adolf Hitler
(April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945)

Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi
Party
Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader")
of
Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World
War II in Europe
with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and
was central to
the Holocaust.

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Auschwitz concentration camp, the largest mass murder site in
human history.

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It was on this day in 1999.

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The "El Dorado" arriving with Cuban refugees during the Mariel
Boatlift which began on this day in 1980.

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Ted Williams made his baseball debut on this day in 1939.

Williams played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball career as a left
fielder
for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960, only interrupted by time
in the service during World War ll and the Korean War. Nicknamed "The
Kid", "The Splendid Splinter", "Teddy Ballgame", "The Thumper",
and
"The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived", Williams is regarded as one of the

greatest players in baseball history.

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Theodore (Ted) Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002)

 

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Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005)

Luther Vandross was a singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout
his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several
different artists including
Judy Collins, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana
Ross
, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He
later became a lead singer of the group
Change, which released its gold-
certified debut album, The Glow of Love, in 1980 on
Warner Bros. Records.

After Vandross left the group, he was signed to Epic Records as a solo artist
and released his debut solo album, Never Too Much, in 1981. During his
career,
Vandross sold over 35 million records worldwide, and received
Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four different
times. He won a total of four Grammy Awards in
2004 including the Grammy
Award for
Song of the Year
for a song recorded not long before his death,
"
Dance with My Father”.

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CASTRO IN THE U.S. ON THIS DAY IN 1959

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Fidel Castro looks up at the Jefferson Memorial on April 16, 1959
during his visit to the United States.

   

Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro
visits the United States. The visit was marked by tensions between both 
Castro and the American government.

   

  

   
       
        
        

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SANDY KOZEL

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A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island
nuclear power plant on this day in 1979. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown.

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Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969)

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The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to Francisco Franco
(left) on this day in 1939.

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Maria Augusta von Trapp (January 26, 1905 – March 28, 1987) 

Baroness von Trapp, as she was also know as, was the stepmother 
and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers and wrote the story about
the singers in 1949. It later inspired the Broadway musical
The Sound
of Music
(1959) and the 1965 film of the same name.

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The Trapp Family Singers, pictured in 1948, rehearse. From
left they are Baroness Maria von Trapp and her daughters,
Johanna, Eleanore, Agathe, Hedwig, Rosmary, Martina, and
Maria.

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Reba Nell McEntire was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. She
is 63 years young today.

Multi-platinum singer, musician, and actress Reba McEntire
released more than three dozen #1 singles and more than a
dozen #1 albums since the 1990s, including
Whoever’s in
New England.
She was in the family singing group "the
Singing McEntires" as a child. Red
Steagall discovered her
during her performance of the National Anthem at a
Rodeo
in Oklahoma City when she was a sophomore in college.

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Reba McCentire (above) as KFC’S first female Colonel Sanders.

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MIKE GRACIA

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U.S. and British forces invaded Iraq from Kuwait on this day in 2003.

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On this day in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris after his
escape from Elba and began his "Hundred Days" rule.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," subtitled
"Life Among the Lowly," was first published on this day in 1852.

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In Tokyo on this day in 1995, 12 people were killed and more than
5,500 others were sickened when packages containing the nerve
gas Sarin was released on five separate subway trains. The
terrorists belonged to a doomsday cult in Japan.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in Gibraltar on this day
in 1969. Five days after their wedding, the couple staged a couple
of non-violent in-bed protests (below).

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