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ED DONAHUE

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On this day in 1939, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a
military alliance between Germany and Italy known as the "Pact
of Steel."

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Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

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President Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit
Russia on this day in 1972. He met with Soviet leader Leonid
Brezhnev.

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In Birmingham, AL. on this day in 2002, a jury convicted former Ku
Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry (above) of murder in the 1963
church bombing that killed four girls shown on the memorial below.

(AP Photo/The Birmingham News)

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Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s "Tonight Show" for the last time on
this day in 1992. He had been host for 30 years.

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Laurence Kerr Olivier (Baron Olivier)  (May 22, 1907 – July 11, 1989)

English actor and director Laurence Olivier who, along with his
contemporaries
Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated
the
British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films
throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late
in his career, he had considerable success in television roles.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Marilyn Monroe performed a sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday" for President John F. Kennedy (below). The event was a fund-raiser at
New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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Malcolm X  (Malcolm Little) (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

Iconic Muslim minister, leader of the Nation of Islam, and human rights
activist, Malcom X spoke out against disenfranchisement of African
Americans and white supremacy.  His autobiography, published shortly
after his assassination in 1965, is considered one of the most important
nonfiction books of the 20th century. 
 
 

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Aristotle and Jacqueline Onassis.

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Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis (Bouvier)  
(July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994)

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In Massapequa, NY. on this day in 1992, Mary Jo Buttafuoco
was shot and seriously wounded by Amy Fisher. Fisher was
her husband Joey’s teen-age lover.

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Amy Elizabeth Fisher will be 44 on August 21. 

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Mary Jo and her husband Joey Buttafuoco.

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Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend is 73 years old today.

Pete Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and
multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist, backing
vocalist, and principal songwriter for the rock band
the Who. His
career with the Who spans over 50 years, during which time the
band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of
the 20th century.

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MIKE GRACIA

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President Andrew Johnson was acquitted during the Senate impeachment, by one vote on this day in 1868.

     
An illistration of President Johnson’s impeachment trial in the
Senate, published in Harper’s Weekly.

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The first Academy Awards were held in Hollywood on this day in
1929.

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William C Demille, President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts
And Sciences hands an Oscar to Mary Pickford (with Warner Baxter
and Hans Kraly looking on) at the first ceremony.

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Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982)

Henry Fonda was a film and stage actor with a career spanning
five decades. Fonda made his mark early as a
Broadway actor.

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Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn in their
Oscar-winning roles in "On Golden Pond"
(1981).

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Singer, dancer, actor and comedian Sammy Davis, JR. 
was noted for his
impressions of actors, musicians and
other celebrities. At the age of three, Davis began his
career in
vaudeville with his father, Sammy Davis Sr.
and the
Will Mastin Trio.

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James Maury Henson  (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990)

Jim Henson was a puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter,
and filmmaker who achieved international fame as the creator of
the
Muppets
. He died of toxic shock syndrome at age 53.

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IT’S PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY ~

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SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered all flags at public institutions
be flown at half-staff Tuesday for Peace Officers Memorial Day. The order is
in effect from sunrise to sunset.

Brown said …“I extend my sincere gratitude to all those who serve in our communities and have dedicated their lives to keeping Oregon safe.”

President Donald Trump also issued a federal proclamation that flags should
be flown at half-staff to honor the fallen heroes Tuesday.

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SANDY KOZEL

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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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