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On this day in 1987, U.S,
President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet
Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. It was 29
months later when Gorbachev allowed Berliners to destroy the wall.

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On September 12,1990, now-former President Reagan returned
to Berlin with wife Nancy, where he personally took a few
symbolic hammer swings at a remnant of the Berlin Wall.

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On this day in 1963, Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally
shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS.

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Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963)

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Byron De La Beckwith was accused of killing civil rights activist
Medgar Evers in 1963. After two trials had hung juries in 1964,
he was finally convicted of the crime in 1994. He received a life
sentence in prison where he died on January 21, 2001 at the age
of 80.

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On 12 June 1978, Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life in
prison for each murder, to be served consecutively. The Serial
killer had terrorized the streets of New York City for over a year.
killing six people and leaving seven others severely injured. He
was being called the .44 Caliber Killer at the time.

 

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David Richard Berkowitz turned 65 on June 1.


In 1987, Berkowitz claimed to have become an
evangelical Christian while
in prison. According to his personal testimony, his moment of
conversion
occurred after reading
Psalm 34:6 from a Bible given to him by a fellow
inmate. He says he is no longer to be referred to as the "Son of Sam"
but the "Son of Hope".  

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York on this day in 1939.

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This famous photo from the 1939 Hall of Fame dedication ceremony
is missing Ty Cobb, who received more votes than any other player
in the first election.

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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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ROSS SIMPSON

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The "Anschluss" took place on this day in 1938 as German troops entered Austria.

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President Franklin Roosevelt presented his first presidential address
to the nation. It was the first of the "Fireside Chats."

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Gacy, known as the “Killer Clown” was convicted on this day
in 1980.

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The Girl Scout organization was founded by Juliette Gordon Low on
this day in 1912. The original name was Girl Guides.

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Juliette Gordon Low 
(October 31, 1860 – January 17, 1927)

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On this day in 1987, "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway.


The Broadway production opened ran until 18 May 2003, closing after
6,680 performances. It is the
fifth longest-running Broadway show in
history and was the second-longest at the time. The production was
nominated for 12
Tony Awards and won eight, including Best Musical
and
Best Original Score.

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In Milwaukee on this day in 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. In November of 1994, he was beaten to
death in prison.

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On this day in 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives
broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson (above)  
and Aaron Burr (below). Jefferson was elected president
and Burr became vice president.

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World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue" in Philadelphia, PA. on this day in 1996.

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Michael Jeffrey Jordan is 55 years old today.

Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player, businessman,
and principal owner and chairman of the
Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA for
the
Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the NBA
website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball
player of all time.” He is considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA
around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

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The Eagles released their "Greatest Hits” album on this day in 1976. 

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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1848, James W. Marshall (below) discovered a gold
nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern
California. The discovery led to
the gold rush of ’49.

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Sir Winston Churchill died at the age of 90 on this day in 1965.

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
(November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965)

Churchill was a British statesman, army officer and writer,
who served as
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from
1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.

 The former prime minister's renewed presence was noticed as Mr Trump signed his first orders as the 45th president of the United States.

The bust of Winston Churchill is said to be a replica of one given
to 1960s leader Lyndon B Johnson and first appeared in the Oval
Office during former George W Bush’s administration. However it
was replaced by a bust of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr
during Barack Obama’s presidency.

 Trump was joined by a bust of Churchill in the Oval Office as he signed off his first orders as President

The bust of  Churchill (far left) was returned to the White House’s
Oval at President Donald Trump’s request just hours after Trump
was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.


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On this day in 1989, Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put
to death in
Florida‘s electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-
year-old Kimberly Leach.

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Theodore Robert Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell)
(November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989)

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Thurgood Marshall was the first African American to serve on the Supreme
Court of the United States.

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High School yearbook photo.

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John Adam Belushi (January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982)

Actor, Saturday Night Live cast member, and Blues Brothers
comedian John Belushi posthumously received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame, on April 1, 2004. Three of the four
movies he starred in were with
Dan Akroyd; the exception is
the 1978 cult comedy film Animal House. John was an All-
American football player and wanted to become a coach. He
was the brother of actor
Jim Belushi.

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John Belushi in National Lampoon’s Animal House 1978.

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