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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed the
enlargement of the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan failed.

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On February 8, 1937, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to
consider President Roosevelt’s request.

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On this day in 1994, white separatist Byron De La
Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the
1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers
(pictured below).

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

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William Seward Burroughs II
(February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997)

Burroughs was a writer and artist, a primary figure of the
Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author whose
influence is considered to have affected a range of popular
culture as well as literature. He wrote eighteen novels and
novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections
of essays.

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The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a comedy and variety 
show television series hosted by the Smothers Brothers (below)
and initially airing on
CBS from on this day in 1967 to 1969.

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Richard Remick Smothers and Thomas Bolyn Smothers lll.

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Henry Louis Aaron is 84 years old today.

Hank Aaron, nicknamed "Hammer" or "Hammerin’ Hank", is a retired
American
Major League Baseball right fielder who is currently the senior
vice president of the
Atlanta Braves. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons
for the
Milwaukee Brewers in the American League, from 1954 through
1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and
he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs
every year from 1955 through 1973, and is one of only two players to hit
30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. In 1999, The
Sporting News
ranked Aaron fifth on its "100 Greatest Baseball Players"
list.

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EDDIE VAN HALEN IS 63 YEARS OLD TODAY

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Edward Lodewijk Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen is the main songwriter, and founder — with brother Alex
Van Halen
, singer David Lee Roth, and bassist Michael Anthony — of the 
hard rock band Van Halen. He is considered one of the best and most
influential
guitarists in the history of rock music. In 2011, Rolling Stone
ranked Van Halen number eight in the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists
and in 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine
reader’s poll for "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

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MIKE GRACIA

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On this day in 1998, President Clinton denied having an affair with a former White House intern, saying "I did not have sexual relations
with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.

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President Clinton with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office.

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The first European settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur Phillip,
landed in what became known as Sydney on this day in 1788. The
group had first settled at Botany Bay eight days before. This day is
celebrated as Australia Day.


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Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) 

Douglas MacArthur was an Army five-star general and Field
Marshal
of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the
United States Army
during the 1930s and played a prominent
role in the
Pacific theater during World War II.

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Wayne Douglas Gretzky is 57 years old today.

Wayne Gretzky is a Canadian born former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played twenty seasons in the National Hockey League
(NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One", he has
been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players,
and the league itself.

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The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" opened
at Broadway’s Majestic Theater on this day in 1988.

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SINGER NEIL DIAMOND IS 77 TODAY

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Neil Leslie Diamond was born in Brooklyn, New York.


Neil Diamond is one of the most successful recording artists in the history
of the Billboard chart. He has sold over 125 million records and is known
for hits like "Kentucky Woman," "
Sweet Caroline," and "America." He
became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and, in 2011,
he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  On January 22,
Neil Diamond
announced he would be retiring from touring due to his
recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

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LINDA BLAIR IS 59 TODAY

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Linda Denise Blair was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Actress Linda Blair played the possessed Regan in The Exorcist (1973)
which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
as well as an Academy Award nomination. In 1977, she reprised her role
in Exorcist II: The Heretic. Her career began as a child model at age six
in 1970.

 

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