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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an
oral birth-control pill for the first time on this day in 1960.

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Chairman Newton N. Minow testifies before a Senate subcommittee.

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Americans Richard Byrd (left) and Floyd Bennett (right) became the
first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole on this day in 1926.

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From left: Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner.

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"Mike" Wallace (May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012)

Media personality Mike Wallace was a journalist, and game show
host
. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during
his seven decade career. He was one of the original correspondents
for
CBS60 Minutes, which debuted in 1968. Wallace retired as a
regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but appeared occasionally
on the television series until 2008.

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William Martin Joel is 69 years old today. He was born
in The Bronx
, New York City.


Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist Billy
Joel gained fame for his song "Piano Man" and became the
third best-selling solo artist in the United States
.

From 1973 to 2013, he wrote 33 top forty hits, including "Just
the Way You Are," which hit #3 in 1977.

He learned boxing to defend himself from bullies, and won 22
bouts in the amateur
Golden Gloves circuit. He played the
piano at bars to help support his mother while in high school.

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MIKE GRACIA

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It was on this day in 1968.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses the Nation, announcing
a bombing halt in Vietnam and his intention not to run for re-
election.

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In Paris on this day in 1889, the Eiffel Tower officially opened.

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On this day in 1943, "Oklahoma!" by Rodgers and Hammerstein
debuted on Broadway. The original title was "Away We Go."

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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995)

Selena was killed by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar (below)
who had been fired for embezzlement.

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Selena ranks among the most influential Latin artists of all time
and is credited for catapulting a music genre into the
mainstream
market.

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On this day in 1997, Dr. Martin Luther King JR’s son Dexter (left) 
met with James Earl Ray, the accused assassin of his father.

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It was on this day in 2002.

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On this day in 1998, the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra,
the first pill for male impotence.

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Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Film director, producer, and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino first received
acclaim for his 1990s crime films
Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie
Brown
.  He dropped out of High School his freshman year to go to acting
school.

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On this day in 1965, Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (above) became the
first man to spacewalk when he left the Voskhod II space capsule
while in orbit around the Earth. He was outside the spacecraft for
about 20 minutes.

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On this day in 1922, Mohandas K. Gandhi was sentenced to six years
in prison for civil disobedience in India. He served only 2 years of the sentence.

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Adolf Hitler (left) and Benito Mussolini (center) held a meeting at the Brenner Pass on this day in 1940. The Italian dictator agreed to join
in Germany’s war against France and Britain during the meeting.

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Terri Schiavo before she collapsed in her home from heart failure.

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Terri Schindler-Schiavo (above) spent 13 years in a coma, attached
to a feeding tube and unable to communicate. She was taken off the
tube on this day in 2005.

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John Edmund Andrew Phillips (August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001)

Known as Papa John, Phillips was a member and leader of the vocal group
The Mamas & the Papas. He died of heart failure in Los Angeles at the age
of 65, just days after completing a
recording sessions for a new album.

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On this day in 1945, the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Marine Division of
the
U.S. Marines reached the top of Mount Surabachi. A photograph
of these Marines raising the American flag was taken by Associated
Press photographer Joe Rosenthal (below).

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Joe Rosenthal poses on top of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima.

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Joseph John Rosenthal
(October 9, 1911 – August 20, 2006)

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During the Persian Gulf War on this day in 1991, ground forces
crossed the border of Saudi Arabia into the country of Iraq. Less
than four days later the war was over due to the surrender or
withdraw of Iraqi forces.

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Iraqi troops emerge from heavily protected bunker to surrender
to gun-toting Saudi soldiers.
 

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Scottish scientists cloned the first mammal, a sheep
called “Dolly”.

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From left: The comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

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At the Staples Center in Los Angeles on this day in 2000, Carlos
Santana
received a record-tying eight Grammy’s. Michael Jackson 
set the record back in 1984 when he won awards for "Thriller."

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