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The funeral of Jordan’s King Hussein was on this day in 1999.

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President Clinton (center) among those attending the funeral of
King Hussein.

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The Birth of a Nation (originally called The Clansman) is a 1915
American
silent epic drama film directed and co-produced by D.
W. Griffith
and starring Lillian Gish. The screenplay is adapted
from the novel and play The Clansman
, both by
Thomas Dixon
Jr.
Griffith co-wrote the screenplay (with Frank E. Woods), and
co-produced the film (with Harry Aitken). The film premiered on
this day in 1915.

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Lillian Diana Gish
(October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993)

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A civil rights protest in Orangeburg, South Carolina turned deadly
on this day in 1968. The incident became know as the Orangeburg
Massacre.

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William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on this
day in 1910.

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William Dickson "W. D." Boyce
(June 16, 1858 – June 11, 1929)

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James Byron Dean  (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955)

Actor James Dean starred in “Rebel Without a Cause” and “East of
Eden
” (both 1955). He became a cultural icon well before he died in
a car crash at age 24.
 He became the first actor to have received
multiple posthumous acting nominations.
  

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On this day in 1776, Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed
the Delaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton,
NJ.

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Map of Delaware River area depicting route George Washington
and his Army made during the crossing
. (click to enlarge)

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On this day in 1991, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on television to announce his resignation as leader of a Communist superpower that had already gone out of existence.

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On this day in 1989, ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu
and his wife, Elena, were executed following a popular uprising.

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"Silent Night" was performed for the first time, at the Church of
St. Nikolaus in Oberndorff, Austria (above) on this day in 1818.


Josephus Franciscus Mohr
(December 11, 1792 – December 4, 1848)

The German words for the original six stanzas of the carol we know as "Silent Night" were written by Joseph Mohr in 1816, when he was a young priest
assigned to a pilgrimage church in Mariapfarr, Austria.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I into orbit around the Earth on
this day in 1957. Sputnik was the first manmade satellite to enter
space. Sputnik I fell out of orbit on January 4, 1958.

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On this day in 1993, dozens of Somalis dragged an American soldier through
the streets of Mogadishu. A videotape showed Michael Durant being taken
prisoner by Somali militants.

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Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966)

Buster Keaton was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer who  was best known for his silent films,
in which his trademark was
physical comedy with a consistently stoic,
deadpan
expression, earning him the nickname "The Great Stone Face."

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On this day in 1970.

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Janis Lyn Joplin  (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

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Tim maguire
TIM MAGUIRE

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President Clinton (center) with other world leaders came to pay
tribute at the funeral of Jordan’s King Hussein in 1999.

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The Orangeburg Massacre was a deadly protest in Orangeburg,
South Carolina in 1968.

 

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A 1915  silent epic drama film released on this day.

 

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James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955)

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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Joseph Frank
"Buster" Keaton
(October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966)

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