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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 track at
the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the
U.S.

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                The identical twin of  the Last Spike.

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The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany on
this day in 1933.

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Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president
on this day in 1994.

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Bono (Paul David Hewson) is 57 years old today.

Bono is the front man of U2, known for such hits as "Sunday
Bloody Sunday" and "Beautiful Day." The band has earned
over 20 Grammy Awards and has sold over 150 million
records. He is also a well-known philanthropist who has
championed causes in his native Ireland, in Africa, and all
over the world.

He spent his childhood singing. Growing up on O’Connell
Street in a suburb of Dublin, he earned his nickname "Bono"
from the phrase "Bono Vox of O’Connell Street," which means
"good voice of O’Connell Street."  He was named the Time
Person of the Year in 2005, along with Bill and Melinda Gates.

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OLDEST VESPA SCOOTER UP FOR AUCTION

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(FoxNews) – The Vespa scooter was designed as an affordable way to put
Italians back on the road after World War II, but this one’s not cheap.

The oldest-known existing Vespa is being auctioned online at Catawiki.com
and as of this writing it’s closing in on $175,000, with bidding set to end on
March 28.

The fully-documented “Serie 0” was actually the third Vespa built, the first two
having been lost to history. It’s been fully restored, with the paint carefully
stripped off to highlight its early construction methods, which include a hand-
hammered and soldered steel unibody. About 60 of these pre-production
models were manufactured before a formal assembly line was established.

 

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Vespa is an Italian brand of scooter manufactured by Piaggio. The name
means “wasp” in Italian. The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor
scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy
to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by
Piaggio.

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“TODAY’S BEST BUY IN TRAVEL”

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HERO PILOT “SULLY’’ IS 66 TODAY

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U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III was born in Denison, TX.

Famous U.S. Airways pilot and hero Chesley Sullenberger safely landed a
passenger jet on the Hudson River. He was ranked #2 in TIME Magazine’s
2009 list of the Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons.

 

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Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger in the cockpit moments before
taking off from La Guardia Airport on January 15, 2009.

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US Airways Flight 1549 afloat in the Hudson River.

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Meet The Beatles!
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Sir Roderick David "Rod" Stewart is 72 today.

Stewart worked as a newspaper delivery boy and a gravedigger. He left school
when he was fifteen and sought out a career as a footballer until he was
rejected.

Rod Stewart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007 and in
2006 he won a Grammy Award for the best Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
for Stardust…The Great American Songbook Volume III.

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