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The hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ended on
this day in 1991. The uprising that led to the collapse was led by Russian
federation President Boris Yeltsin.

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Boris Yeltsin (left) and Mikhail Gorbachev.

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It was on this day in 1940.

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Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein)
(November 7, 1879 – August 21, 1940)

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Nat Turner, a former slave, led a violent insurrection in Virginia on
this day in 1831.
He was later executed.

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Hawaii became the 50th state on this day in 1959. United States
President Eisenhower
(seated/center) also issued the order for
the 50 star flag.

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William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984)


Count Basie was an American
jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and
composer who introduced several generations of listeners to the Big
Band sound and left an influential catalog.
  

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
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                      Kenneth Ray Rogers is 79 years old today.

Kenny Rogers has sold more than 100 million albums over the course of his
career. His 1970s albums The Gambler and Kenny went 5x Platinum and 3x
Platinum, respectively. In 2013, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall
of Fame. He joined his first band,The Scholars, in the mid-1950s, but the band
dissolved after their frontman left to go solo.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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It took place on this day in 1953.

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The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed in Texas on this day
in 1865. It is the oldest known celebrating commemorating the
ending of slavery in the country.

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Paula Julie Abdul is 55 years young today.

Paula Abdul was inspired to perform by dancer Gene Kelly. She started her
career as an LA Lakers cheerleader and then became a  choreographer. She
won the Lifetime Achievement Award for choreography at The Carnival:
Choreographer’s Ball in 2013.

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ED DANAHUE

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On this day in 1858, in a speech in Springfield, IL, Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved. He
declared, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

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On this day in 1963, 26-year-old Valentina Tereshkova went into
orbit aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft for three days. She was the
first female space traveler.

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Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova turned
80 in March.

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It was on this day in 1961, Rudolf Nureyev defected from the
Soviet Union while in Paris, traveling with the Leningrad Kirov
Ballet.

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MIKE GRACIA

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Walter Cronkite’s last day in the anchor chair at the CBS Evening
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Robert "Rob" Reiner is 70 years old today.

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National Freedom Day is a U.S. observance honoring the signing
by
Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that
later became the
13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on
February 1, 1865, although it was not ratified by the states until
later.

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