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SOLAR POWERED PLANE FLIGHT ON THIS DAY IN 1981

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Solar Challenger was a solar-powered electric aircraft designed by Paul
MacCready
‘s AeroVironment. It was powered entirely by the photovoltaic
cells
on its wing and stabilizer, without even reserve batteries, and was
the first such craft capable of long-distance flight. In 1981, it successfully
completed a 163 mile demonstration flight from France to England, staying
aloft 5 hours and 23 minutes, with pilot Stephen Ptacek behind the stick. 

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Aerospace genius Dr. Paul MacCready

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THE LEADER OF THE BAND IS 84 TODAY

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A young Doc Severinsen

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From left: Doc Severinsen, Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson on The
Tonight Show
set

 

Doc Severinsen today

Trumpeter Carl Hilding "Doc" Severinsen was born in Arlington, Oregon. He
is best known for conducting the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring
Johnny Carson
.

He actually joined the "Tonight" Show Band several months before Johnny
Carson became host in October of 1962 and took over as bandleader in 1967,
continuing until Carson’s retirement in 1992.

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RINGO STARR TURNED 72 TODAY

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Ringo with the Rory Storm band

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Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) the former Beatles drummer was a member of
another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, when The Beatles
formed in 1960. Starr joined The Beatles in August 1962, taking the place
of Pete Best.
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The Beatles

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FIRST FEMALE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ON THIS DAY IN 1981

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Sandra Day O’Connor being sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice by Chief
Justice Warren Burger

President Ronald Reagan, who had pledged during his 1980 presidential campaign
to appoint the first woman to the Court, nominated Arizona judge Sandra Day
O’Connor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, to replace the retiring
Potter Stewart. O’Connor herself retired January 31, 2006. 

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Supreme Court Justice-nominee Sandra Day O’Connor talks with
President
Ronald Reagan outside the White House.

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