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The British took Bunker Hill outside of Boston on this day in 1775.

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Kathryn Elizabeth Smith  (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986)

Known as The First Lady of Radio, Kate Smith was a singer best known
for her rendition of
Irving Berlin‘s "God Bless America".

In her later years, Smith was impaired by diabetes. In 1976, she suffered
brain damage after slipping into a
diabetic coma. In January 1986, Kate’s
right leg was amputated due to poor circulation caused by diabetes. Five
months later, she underwent a
mastectomy. On June 17, 1986, Smith died
of
respiratory arrest at Raleigh Community Hospital in Raleigh at the age
of 79.


Statue of Kate Smith in Philadelphia, PA.

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Father’s Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the
early 20th century. As a civic celebration in the US, it was inaugurated then
to complement
Mother’s Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting.

After Anna Jarvis successful promotion of Mother’s Day in Grafton, West
Virginia
, the first observance of a "Father’s Day" was held on July 5, 1908,
in
Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal
Church South, now known as Central
United Methodist Church.

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FAMOUS WAR DOG WAS HONORED TODAY

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Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – March 16, 1926)

   
    
    

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A new monument in Connecticut honors service animals — with a statue of one of the nation’s most famous war dogs.

The sculpture, "Stubby Salutes," was unveiled Saturday in Veterans Memorial
Park in Middletown.

SGT Stubby was a Boston-terrier mix that traveled to Europe with the U.S.
Army’s renown 26th "Yankee Division" during World War I.

Stubby became famous for warning soldiers of incoming gas attacks and
locating wounded soldiers on the battlefield, staying with them until help
arrived.

His story was the subject of a major animated movie last month, "Sgt. Stubby:
An American Hero."

The new bronze sculpture, created by artist Susan Bahary, is the culmination
of a three-decade effort to create a memorial, spearheaded by the family of
Robert Conroy, the army corporal who adopted Stubby during training.

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Monument honoring famous WWI war dog SGT Stubby is dedicated.

  

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On this day in 1858, in a speech in Springfield, IL, U.S.
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 81 on March 6.

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In Soweto on this day in 1976, thousands of school children revolted against the South African government’s plan to enforce Afrikaans as
the language for instruction in black schools

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An 18-year old South African school boy is seen carrying a dying
13-year old Hector Pieterson
.

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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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Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (March 17, 1938 – January 6, 1993)

Nureyev entered a hospital in Paris, France on November 20, 1992 and
remained there until his death from AIDS complications at age 54.

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