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Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. 
on this day in 1869. A golden spike was driven in the rail during the      
celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the
U.S.

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The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany on this
day in 1933. The books targeted for burning were those viewed as
being subversive or representing ideologies opposed to Nazism
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On this day in 1941, Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, parachuted
into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission.

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Allied military and locals pose with the remains of Rudolph Hess’ Messerschmitt ME-110 after it crash-landed near the Scottish
village of Eaglesham.

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Nelson Mandela made history by becoming the first black president
of South Africa
after more than three centuries of white rule. He was sworn in to office on this day in 1994.

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Convicted of 33 murders, John Wayne Gacy Jr. was sentenced to
death
on March 13, 1980, for 12 of those killings. He spent 14 years
on
death row before he was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on this day in 1994.  

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Gacy during a TV interview in 1992.

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Bono (Paul David Hewson) is 58 today. Born in Dublin, Ireland.


Bono is best known as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of
rock band U2
which earned over 20 Grammy Awards and has sold of 150 million records.

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The Lusitania, a civilian ship, was sunk by a German submarine on during WW l on this day in 1915. A total of 1,201 people were killed.

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Germany signed unconditional surrender ending World War II on
this day in 1945. It would take effect the next day.

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On this day in 1954, French Colonial Forces surrendered to the
Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu after 55 days of fighting.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893)  

Tchaikovsky is famous for composing "The Nutcracker" ballet, as
well as numerous symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, and
chamber-music pieces, he’s remembered as one of classical
music’s most popular composers. He began taking piano lessons
when he was five and was able to read music at the same level as
his first piano teacher in only three years.

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Bust sculpture monument to composer Peter Tchaikovsky near
the music school
in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

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Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo”
on this day in 1941.

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On this day in 1945, the Russians took Berlin after 12 days of fierce house-to-house fighting. The Allies announced the surrender of
Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1919)

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Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was wounded by his
own men in the battle of Chancellorsville,
VA. on this day in 1863 and
died 8 days later.

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Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
(January 21, 1824 – May 10, 1863)

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On this day in 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South
Africa’s first democratic elections.

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John Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972)

J. Edgar Hoover was the longtime director of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He became involved in law
enforcement as a special assistant to the attorney general,
overseeing the roundups and deportations of suspected
communists during the post-World War I Red Scare. He
was named bureau director in 1924, Hoover emphasized
modern investigational
techniques and earned renown
for challenging criminal syndicates. He also became
known for secretly monitoring the activities of various
organizations that were considered subversive, including
the Black Panthers, the Socialist Workers Party and the
Ku Klux Klan. Despite his controversial methods, Hoover
remained in power until his death.

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Crosby was born in Tacoma, Washington.

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Adolf Hitler
(April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945)

Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi
Party
Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader")
of
Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World
War II in Europe
with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and
was central to
the Holocaust.

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Auschwitz concentration camp, the largest mass murder site in
human history.

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It was on this day in 1999.

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The "El Dorado" arriving with Cuban refugees during the Mariel
Boatlift which began on this day in 1980.

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Ted Williams made his baseball debut on this day in 1939.

Williams played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball career as a left
fielder
for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960, only interrupted by time
in the service during World War ll and the Korean War. Nicknamed "The
Kid", "The Splendid Splinter", "Teddy Ballgame", "The Thumper",
and
"The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived", Williams is regarded as one of the

greatest players in baseball history.

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Theodore (Ted) Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002)

 

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Luther Ronzoni Vandross Jr. (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005)

Luther Vandross was a singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout
his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several
different artists including
Judy Collins, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana
Ross
, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He
later became a lead singer of the group
Change, which released its gold-
certified debut album, The Glow of Love, in 1980 on
Warner Bros. Records.

After Vandross left the group, he was signed to Epic Records as a solo artist
and released his debut solo album, Never Too Much, in 1981. During his
career,
Vandross sold over 35 million records worldwide, and received
Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four different
times. He won a total of four Grammy Awards in
2004 including the Grammy
Award for
Song of the Year
for a song recorded not long before his death,
"
Dance with My Father”.

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On this day in 1951, President Harry S.Truman (above) addressed the 
Nation to announce the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur as 
head of United Nations forces in Korea.

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From left: President Harry S.Truman shakes hands with General
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Napoleon was forced to abdicate his throne on this day in 1814. The allied European nations had marched into Paris on March 30,

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During World War II on this day in 1945, American soldiers liberated
the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald in Germany.

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A group of survivors in Buchenwald at liberation.

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Free Inmates of the concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar, Germany, march to receive treatment at an American hospital after
the camp was liberated.

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On this day in 1979, Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda
as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control.

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On this day in 1970, Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon
that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The astronauts did return safely.

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From left to right are mission commander Jim Lovell, command
module pilot John Swigert and lunar module pilot Fred W. Haise.

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The crewmembers of Apollo 13 step aboard the USS Iwo Jima
following splashdown and recovery operations in the south
Pacific Ocean on April 17, 1970.

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