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CORRESPONDENT KILLED ON THIS DAY IN 1945

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Ernest Taylor Pyle  (August 3, 1900 – April 18, 1945)

Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by
Japanese machine-gun fire on the island of Ie Shima off the coast
of Okinawa. Extremely popular, especially with the average GI,
whose life and death he reported on (American infantrymen braved
enemy fire to recover Pyle’s body), Pyle had been at the London Blitz
of 1941 and saw action in North Africa, Italy, France, and the Pacific.

A monument exists to him to this day on Ie Shima, describing him
simply as “a buddy.” Burgess Meredith portrayed him in the 1945
film The Story of GI Joe.  
      
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Indiana University celebrated The Media School with a formal inauguration of the new school and dedication of the above
sculpture of World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle in 2014.

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ROSS SIMPSON

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On this day in 1917, the U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war
on Germany and entered World War I on the Allied side.

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Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the
first men to reach the North Pole on this day in 1909.

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The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece on this
day in 1896.

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Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) the country
singer was born in
Oildale, California
.

Merle Haggard  recorded "Okie From Muskogee" and was the leader of
the band The Strangers. He was a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee
in 1994.

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Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh) (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998)

After years of medical problems which resulted in[ numerous hospitalizations, roughly 15 major operations and an addiction to pain medication, country
singer Tammy Wynette died on April 6, 1998 at the age of 55 while sleeping
on her couch. Wynette’s doctor from
Pennsylvania said she died of a blood
clot
in her lung. Despite her persistent illnesses, she continued to perform
until shortly before her death and had other performances scheduled.

Wynette was called the "First Lady of Country Music", and her best-known
song, "
Stand by Your Man", is one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman
in the history of country music. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she
charted 20 number-one songs. Along with
Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton,
Tammy is credited with having defined the role of women in country music
during the 1970s.

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MIKE GRACIA

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Pope John Paul II died on this day in 2005 at age 84. He was one of
the most influential leaders of the 20th and early 21st centuries, he worked tirelessly to build a moral foundation in the modern world,
while playing a crucial role in overthrowing communism and
fostering peace.

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President Woodrow Wilson presented a declaration of war against Germany to the U.S. Congress on this day in 1917.

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson
(December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924)

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Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida on this
day in 1513. The next day he went ashore.

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Argentina invaded the British-owned Falkland Islands on this day in 1982. The following June Britain took the islands back.

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Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875)

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a writer of plays, travelogues, novels and poems, he is best remembered for his fairy tales,
of which no fewer than 3381 works. Andersen’s popularity is not limited
to children: his stories express themes that transcend age and nationality.

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SANDY KOZEL

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In the U.S. on this day in 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed
on June 19, 1953.

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On this day in 1971, Lt. William Calley Jr., of the U.S. Army, was
found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial was the
result of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.

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The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam on this day in 1973.

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It was on this day in 2005.

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From left: O.J. Simpson and his attorney Johnnie Cochran.

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SANDY KOZEL

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A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island
nuclear power plant on this day in 1979. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown.

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Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969)

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The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to Francisco Franco
(left) on this day in 1939.

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Maria Augusta von Trapp (January 26, 1905 – March 28, 1987) 

Baroness von Trapp, as she was also know as, was the stepmother 
and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers and wrote the story about
the singers in 1949. It later inspired the Broadway musical
The Sound
of Music
(1959) and the 1965 film of the same name.

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The Trapp Family Singers, pictured in 1948, rehearse. From
left they are Baroness Maria von Trapp and her daughters,
Johanna, Eleanore, Agathe, Hedwig, Rosmary, Martina, and
Maria.

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Reba Nell McEntire was born in McAlester, Oklahoma. She
is 63 years young today.

Multi-platinum singer, musician, and actress Reba McEntire
released more than three dozen #1 singles and more than a
dozen #1 albums since the 1990s, including
Whoever’s in
New England.
She was in the family singing group "the
Singing McEntires" as a child. Red
Steagall discovered her
during her performance of the National Anthem at a
Rodeo
in Oklahoma City when she was a sophomore in college.

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Reba McCentire (above) as KFC’S first female Colonel Sanders.

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