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In Blacksburg, VA, on this day in 2007, a student killed 33 people at Virginia Tech before killing himself.

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The 23-year-old student gunman Seung-Hui Cho.

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In Texas City, TX. on this day in 1947, the French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, leaving
576 people dead.

    
   
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On this day in 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia to start Bolshevik Revolution after years of exile.

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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977)

Comedic silent film icon Charlie Chaplin gained world fame for portraying
his character, The Tramp (1915) and starred in
The Great Dictator (1940)
and
Modern Times. He had a career that lasted over 75 years, and became
one of the most important people in film history.

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On this day in 1996, Britain’s Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced that they were in the process of getting
a divorce.

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The Rolling Stones released their debut album on this day in 1964.

   

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Michael Jordan played his last NBA game on this day in 2003.

Michael Jordan, who was on the bench and unlikely to enter the game,
was re-inserted into the line-up by Washington Wizards coach Doug
Collins with 2:35 left in the fourth quarter after the crowd of 20,000+
chanted Michael’s name.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in Warm Spring, GA. on this
day in 1945. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 63. Harry
S. Truman (below) became president.

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Truman (left) being sworn as the 33rd president of the United
States.

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Fort Sumter was shelled by Confederacy, starting America’s Civil
War on this day in 1861.

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Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin became first man to orbit the Earth
on this day in 1961.

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On this day in 1981, the space shuttle Columbia blasted off from
Cape Canaveral, FL, on its first test flight. It orbits Earth 37 times
before landing.

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Commander John W. Young, left, and Pilot Robert L. Crippen.

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David Letterman retired as host of “The Late Show” on May 20,
2015.

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David Michael Letterman is 71 years old today.

David Letterman became a late night TV host during the 1982 debut of
NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, and later hosted
The Late Show 
with David Letterman. In 2014, he announced that he would retire from
The Late Show in 2015. He once worked as a weatherman for AM radio
station WNTS and anchored on Indianapolis television station WLWI.

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A discotheque in Berlin was bombed by Libyan terrorists on this day
in 1986. The U.S. attacked Libya with warplanes in retaliation on April
15, 1986.


Ground crew prepares a 48th Tactical Fighter Wing F-111F aircraft
for an air strike on Libya.

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Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) 

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It was on this day in 1964.

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Douglas General MacArthur Address a Joint session of the U.S.
Congress on April 19, 1951 in Washington D. C.

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It was on this day in 1976.


Hughes was an American
business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot,
film director, and
philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the
most financially successful individuals in the world.

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Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976)

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Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915)

Booker T. Washington was a educator, author, orator, and advisor to
presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington
was the dominant leader in the
African-American community. He was
from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery
and became
the leading voice of former slaves and their descendants.

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Booker T. Washington giving a lecture in Carnegie Hall, 1906. 

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On this day in 1984, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers)
became the all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he
broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 31,419 career points.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.) will be 71
April 16.

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Katie Couric became a CBS news anchor on this day in 2006.

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On this day in 1968, U.S. troops in Vietnam destroyed a village
consisting mostly of women and children. The event is known
as the My-Lai massacre.

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William Laws Calley Jr. will be 75 in June.

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Terry Anderson, an Associated Press newsman, was taken hostage
in Beirut on this day in 1985. He was released on December 4,1991.

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Physicist Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket on
this day in 1926. Goddard is known as the father of modern rocketry.

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Robert Hutchings Goddard
(October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945)

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Jerry Lewis (Joseph Levitch)  (March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017)

Comedian, actor, and muscular dystrophy telethon host Jerry Lewis 
formed one of history’s greatest comedy teams with
Dean Martin. He
received
Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Los Angeles Film
Critics Association, The American Comedy Awards, and the Venice
Film Festival.

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From left: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

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Milosevic was found dead on this day in 2006.

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Uncovered bodies of Bosnian genocide victims.

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Mikhail Gorbachev was named the new chairman of the Soviet Communist Party on this day in 1985.

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MacArthur left the Philippines on this day in 1942.

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Album released on this day in 1970.

Déjà Vu features guest appearances by Jerry Garcia, who contributes some
of his patented pedal steel guitar action to “Teach Your Children,” and John Sebastian, whose harmonica can be heard on the title track. By Stephen
Stills’ estimation (in Crosby, Stills & Nash: The Authorized Biography), the
album took about 800 hours to record, all told, but given that it’s earned a
spot on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums list.

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