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ED DANAHUE

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On this day in 1994, Civil war erupted in Rwanda between the
Patriotic Front rebel group and government soldiers. Hundreds
of thousands were slaughtered in the months that followed.

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Aftermath of the Genocide.

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Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947)

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The first long-distance TV transmission was sent from Washington,
DC, to New York City on this day in 1927. The audience saw an image
of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover (below).

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On this day in 1949, the musical "South Pacific" by Rodgers and Hammerstein debuted on Broadway.

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Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan) (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959)

Holiday, was a jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career
spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend
and music partner
Lester Young, she had a huge influence on jazz
music and
pop singing.

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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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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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CARLATA BRADLEY

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From left: Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat, President Jimmy
Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

The Camp David treaty was signed by Israel and Egypt on this day in 1979. It 
ended the 31-year state of war between the two countries.

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On this day in 1997, the 39 bodies of Heaven’s Gate members were
found in a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe,
CA. They had apparently
committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a
spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp.

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Marshall Applewhite (above) the leader of the Heaven’s Gate cult.

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The first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup on this day in 1917.

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On this day in 1964, the musical "Funny Girl" opened on 
Broadway starring
Barbra Streisand.

The semi-biographical plot of “Funny Girl” is based on the life
and career of
Broadway star, film actress and comedian Fanny
Brice
featuring her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and
gambler Nick Arnstein. Its original title was My Man. The musical
was nominated for eight
Tony Awards but, with competition from
Hello, Dolly!, it failed to win in any categories.

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Diana Ross, lifetime achievement award recipient, poses in the press room at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Diana Ernestine Ross is 74 years young today.

Motown singer Diana Ross gained fame as a member of The
Supremes
and who later won a Golden Globe for her role as
Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues in 1972. She once
dreamed of being a fashion designer.

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SANDY KOZEL

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The Stamp Act was passed on this day in 1765. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17,
1766.

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On this day in 1987, a barge loaded with 32,000 tons of refuse left
Islip,
NY, to find a place to unload. After being refused by several
states and three countries space was found back in Islip.

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On NBC-TV, Tom Brokaw (above) called the barge the“homeless
garbage barge” from Islip, N.Y. On CBS-TV, Dan Rather called the
Mobro barge “the most-watched load of garbage in the memory
of man."

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Tara Lipinski, at 14 years and 10 months, became the youngest
women’s world figure skating champion on this day in 1997.

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Tara Kristen Lipinski will be 36 June 10.

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The Beatles first album, "Please Please Me," was released in the
U.K. on this day in 1963.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber (Baron Lloyd-Webber) is 70 today.

Legendary showman and musical theatre impresario Andrew
Lloyd Webber is known for "Cats," "The Phantom of the Opera,"
and "Jesus Christ Superstar." He was honored with a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was also inducted into the
Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

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Jan. 18, 1988

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