Archive for July 29th, 2014

LAST SURVIVING CREW MEMBER DIES AT 93

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            Theodore Van Kirk (February 27, 1921 – July 28, 2014)

ATLANTA (AP) –  The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic
bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into
the atomic age, has died in Georgia.

According to his son Tom Theodore VanKirk, also known as "Dutch," died Monday
of natural causes at the retirement home where he was living in Stone Mountain,
Georgia.

VanKirk flew nearly 60 bombing missions, but it was a single mission in the Pacific
that secured him a place in history. He was 24 years old when he served as the
navigator on the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic
bomb to be deployed in wartime over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6,
1945.

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TODAY IN HISTORY

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‘’THE IT GIRL’’ WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1905

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   Clara Gordon Bow (July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965)

Actress Clara Bow was a silent film star during the 1920s who came
to personify the Roaring Twenties and is described as its leading sex
symbol. She appeared in 46 silent films and 11 talkies, including hits
such as Mantrap (1926), It (1927) and Wings (1927). It was her role 
in the film It that brought her global fame and the nickname. Bow died
of a heart attack at the age of 60.

 

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SHOW GETS NEW HOST ON THIS DAY IN 1957

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Jack Paar was asked by NBC to succeed Steve Allen as host of The Tonight Show,
when Allen left the show for prime time. Paar hosted the program until March 30,
1962.

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From left: Host Jack Paar, announcer Hugh Downs, and band leader Jose
Melis celebrate a three year old Tonight Show in 1960

    

  
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