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The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade on this
day in 1949.

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It was on this day in 1932 that baby Lindbergh (below) was found
more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s
Hopewell, New Jersey mansion.

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Burt Freeman Bacharach is 90 years old today. He was born in
Kansas City, Missouri.

Burt Bacharach is a composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and
singer who has composed hundreds of popular hit songs from the late
1950s through the 1980s, many in collaboration with popular lyricist
Hal
David
. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award 
winner, Bacharach’s songs have been recorded by more than 1,000
different artists. As of 2014, he had written 73 US and 52 UK
Top 40 hits
and is considered one of the most important composers of 20th-century
popular music.

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It was on this day in 1973.

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Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match on this day in 1997. He lost to IBM’s chess computer Deep
Blue. It was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion player.

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Irving Berlin (Israel Beilin) (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989)

 Composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin is widely considered one of the
greatest songwriters in American history. His music forms a great
part of the
Great American Songbook. Born in Imperial Russia,
Berlin arrived in the United States at the age of five. He published
his first song, "Marie from Sunny Italy", in 1907, receiving 33 cents
for the publishing rights, and had his first major international hit,
"
Alexander’s Ragtime Band" in 1911. He also was an owner of the
Music Box Theatre on Broadway.

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Robert Nesta Marley (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981)

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer-songwriter who became an
international musical and cultural icon, blending mostly
reggae,
ska, and rocksteady in his compositions. Starting out in 1963
with the group
the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting
and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences
worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the
earliest reggae records with producer
Lee "Scratch" Perry
and after the group disbanded in 1974, Marley then
pursued a solo career upon his relocation to England.

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Bob Marley (center) with the Wailers.

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Marley died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University
of Miami Hospital
), at age 36. The spread of melanoma to his lungs
and brain caused his death. His final words to his son
Ziggy were
"Money can’t buy life”.

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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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an
oral birth-control pill for the first time on this day in 1960.

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Chairman Newton N. Minow testifies before a Senate subcommittee.

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Americans Richard Byrd (left) and Floyd Bennett (right) became the
first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole on this day in 1926.

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From left: Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner.

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"Mike" Wallace (May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012)

Media personality Mike Wallace was a journalist, and game show
host
. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during
his seven decade career. He was one of the original correspondents
for
CBS60 Minutes, which debuted in 1968. Wallace retired as a
regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but appeared occasionally
on the television series until 2008.

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William Martin Joel is 69 years old today. He was born
in The Bronx
, New York City.


Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist Billy
Joel gained fame for his song "Piano Man" and became the
third best-selling solo artist in the United States
.

From 1973 to 2013, he wrote 33 top forty hits, including "Just
the Way You Are," which hit #3 in 1977.

He learned boxing to defend himself from bullies, and won 22
bouts in the amateur
Golden Gloves circuit. He played the
piano at bars to help support his mother while in high school.

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SINGER FRANKIE VALLI IS 84

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Frankie Valli (Francesco Stephen Castelluccio) was born in Newark,
New Jersey.
 
       


Frankie Valli has been the front man with the Four Seasons since 1960. The
groups hits included "Big Girls Don’t Cry" and "Sherry." He was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Four Seasons. Frankie had 29
Top 40 hits with The Four Seasons and 9 more as a solo artist. Before fame,
Frankie Valli once worked as a barber until his singing career was able to
support him.


 

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