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On this day in 1957, nine black students attempt to attend
Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The situation
turned
potentially violent and President Eisenhower sent in
the national Guard to escort the students to school.


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The Ford Motor Company began selling the Edsel on this day in
1957. The car was so unpopular that it was taken off the market
only two years.

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Los Angeles, CA, was founded by Spanish settlers on this day in
1781. The original name was "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina
de Los Angeles de Porciuncula," which translates as "The Town of
the Queen of Angels."

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Statue depicting Governor Felipe de Neve, in Los Angeles Plaza.

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On this day in 1888, George Eastman registered the name "Kodak"
and patented his roll-film camera (below). The camera took 100 exposures per roll.

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The original Kodak camera, introduced by George Eastman.

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George Eastman (July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932)

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On this day in 1972, swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh
Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay event at
Munich, Germany. Spitz was the first Olympian to win seven
gold medals.

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Mark Andrew Spitz turned 67 on February 10.

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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is 36 today.


Beyoncé is a  former member of the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child who
also became a widely successful solo artist. She has won a total of 22
Grammy Awards for songs such as "Single Ladies," "Drunk in Love"
and "Crazy in Love."  She won her first school talent show with her
rendition of "Imagine" by
John Lennon.

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IT WAS RETALIATION ON THIS DAY IN 1942

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The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on Saturday, April 18, 1942,
was an air raid by the United States on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other
locations on the island of Honshu during World War II, the first air strike to strike
the Japanese Home Islands. It demonstrated that Japan itself was vulnerable to
American air attack, served as retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor
on Sunday, December 7, 1941, and provided an important boost to
American morale. The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James
"Jimmy"
Doolittle
(below) of the United States Army Air Forces.

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Mission commander Jimmy Doolittle (left front) with members
of his Tokyo Raiders. 

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Jimmy Doolittle in his North American B-25B

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On May 19, 1942, President Roosevelt bestows Congressional
Medal of Honor on Brigadier General James Doolittle for the
successful raid on Tokyo.

 

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James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle
(December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993)

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