Archive for May 19th, 2017

FORMER RACE CAR DRIVER HAS DIED AT 89

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Jim McElreath (February 18, 1928 – May 18, 2017)

(AP) – Jim McElreath, a teenage dirt-track racer who went on to
become the 1962 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and race
in 15 Indy 500s, has died.

Separate statements issued by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
and Texas Motor Speedway say McElreath died Thursday in his
sleep at his home in Arlington, Texas.

McElreath had been one of eight surviving drivers who had driven
a front-engine car in the Indy 500, where rear-mounted engines
are now standard. He finished sixth or higher in the 500 six times,
finishing as high as third in the 1966 race.

McElreath retired from competition in 1984 and has been inducted
into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, the Texas
Motorsports Hall of Fame and the National Sprint Car Hall of
Fame.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON

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All alone on stage, actress Marilyn Monroe sings ‘Happy Birthday’
to President John F. Kennedy, New York, on this day in 1962. 

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President John Kennedy acknowledges cheers at Madison Square
Garden during his pre-birthday salute.

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Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Kennedy Onassis (Bouvier)
(July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994)

 


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   It was on this day in 1992.

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Amy Elizabeth Fisher will turn 42 August 21.

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Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is 72 years old today.

Pete Townshend had plans to become a graphic artist before his music career
took off after his grandmother bought him his first guitar in 1956.

After having a spiritual awakening and becoming a Baba disciple, he was one
of very few rock stars who opposed the use of psychedelic drugs.

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