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In Johnstown, PA. on this day in 1889, more than 2,200 people died
after the South Fork Dam collapsed.

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Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel on this day in 1962. He was a Gestapo official and was executed for his actions in Nazi Germany’s
Holocaust.

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In North Carolina on this day in 2003, Eric Robert Rudolph was
captured. He had been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for five
years for several bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing.

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Eric Robert Rudolph will be 52 years old on September 19. 
    

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892)

American poet Walt Whitman is best known for his collections
Leaves of Grass and Drum-Taps. His 1865 poem "O Captain!
My Captain!" was written on the occasion of the death of
Abraham Lincoln.

Whitman dropped out of school at the age of eleven and, to
support his family, working as a law office assistant and a
newspaper apprentice.

     


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Clinton Eastwood Jr. is 88 years old today.

Clint Eastwood gained fame as an iconic actor in such classic Western
films as
A Fistful of Dollars (1967) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
(1967) and as Detective Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry franchise
beginning in 1971. He later became a renowned director, receiving the
Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for his films
Unforgiven (1991) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). He also directed the
critically acclaimed films Mystic River (2003),
Gran Torino (2009) and
American Sniper (2014). 

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Clint Eastwood became a household name after
playing Rowdy Yates on the long-running CBS
Western series Rawhide.

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BRIAN THOMAS

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During World War II on this day in 1945, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet
leader Josef Stalin began a conference at Yalta to outline plans
for Germany’s defeat.

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On this day in 1997, a civil jury in California found O.J. Simpson liable 
in the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Goldman’s parents were awarded $8.5 million in compensatory
damages.

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Ron Goldman’s father Fred, sister Kim, and stepmother Patty are pictured during OJ’s trial.

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Patricia (Patty) Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, CA, by the Symbionese Liberation Army on this day in 1974.

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Patty Hearst (right) and Donald DeFreeze rob a San Francisco bank
on April 15, 1974.

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On December 11, 2003, the Massachusetts Senate put forward legislative
language creating
civil unions for same-sex couples to the SJC, asking if
it satisfied the court’s requirements. On February 4, 2004, the court replied
that it was unacceptable to allow different-sex couples marriages but same-
sex couples only civil unions, that the distinction between marriage and civil
unions constituted unconstitutional discrimination, even if the rights and obligations attached to each were identical. It called the difference between
the terms marriage and civil union "a considered choice of language that
reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples
to second-class status."

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On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage.

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A 7.4 earthquake in Guatemala and Honduras on this day in 1976 
killed more than 22,000 people.

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974)

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The Congressional Gold Medal presented August 15, 1930, to Charles Lindbergh by President Herbert Hoover.

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ROSS SIMPSON

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Under the Indian Ocean, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake sent 500-mph
waves across the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal on this day in
2004. The tsunami killed at least 283,000 people in a dozen
countries, including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Sumatra, Thailand
and India.

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Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled to death in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder,
CO on this day in 1996.

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On this day in 1941, Winston Churchill became the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the
U.S. Congress.

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Tennessee Williams’ play "The Glass Menagerie"
was first performed publicly, at the Civic Theatre
in Chicago,
IL. on this day in 1944.

Anthony Ross, Laurette Taylor, Eddie Dowling and Julie Haydon in
the Broadway production of “The Glass Menagerie”.

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Harry S. Truman
(May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972)

Truman served as the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953),
taking the office upon the death of
Franklin D. Roosevelt.

On December 5, 1972, Truman was admitted to Kansas City’s
Research
Hospital and
Medical Center
with lung congestion from pneumonia. He
developed multiple organ failure and died at 7:50 am on December 26
at the age of 88.

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Although one paper decided early that Dewey won, Truman was victorious, November 4, 1948.

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TIM MAGUIRE

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Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution took place on this day in 1917. The provisional government of Alexander Kerensky was overthrown by forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton made history as the first president’s wife to
win public office on this day in 2000. The state of New York elected
her to the
U.S. Senate (New York).       

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A Florida election official tries to discern a voter’s intentions.

Hanging Chads: As the Florida Recount Implodes, the Supreme Court
Decides Bush v. Gore on this day in the 2000 Presidential election. 
election. Bush narrowly won the election having 271 electoral votes
compared to Al Gores’s 266 electoral votes.

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This election was between the republican George W. Bush (left) and
the democratic-incumbent vice president Albert Arnold Gore.

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The middle section of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in
Washington
state collapsed during a windstorm on this day in 1940.

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The Tacoma Narrows Bridge as it looks today.

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On this day in 1991, Magic Johnson (standing) announced that he
had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, and that he was
retiring from playing basketball. He had been with the
Los Angeles Lakers since 1979.

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. turned 58 in August.

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Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell is 74 today.

The Canadian singer-songwriter and painter Joni Mitchell is called by
Rolling Stone, "one of the greatest songwriters ever".

Since 2015, there have been conflicting reports about her current
health after she had suffered a brain aneurysm.

Mitchell made her first public appearance following the aneurysm
when she attended a
Chick Corea concert in Los Angeles in August
2016.

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William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr. is 99 today.

Evangelical Christian evangelist Billy Graham has repeatedly been on Gallup’s
list of most admired men and women. He has appeared on the list 60 times since
1955, more than any other individual in the world.

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From left: George Beverly Shea, Billy Graham, and Cliff Barrows,
the evangelistic trio in the late 1940s.

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THE ‘BIG BLOW’ ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 was a Pacific Northwest windstorm, that
struck the West Coast of Canada and the Pacific Northwest coast of the
United States. It was the remnants of Typhoon Freda. Most storm analysts
rate this windstorm as the most powerful to strike the Pacific Northwest
during the 20th Century.

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A downed tree in Salem, Oregon.

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Storm damage in McMinnville, Oregon.

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