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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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SINGLE RECORDED ON THIS DAY IN 1939

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Gene Autry recorded "Back in the Saddle Again" in Los Angeles
for Columbia Record Corporation.

In addition to being used as the theme for Autry’s radio program, Gene
Autry’s Melody
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, "Back in the Saddle Again" was also used for
The Gene Autry Show on television as well as for personal appearances.

The 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle included "Back in the Saddle Again"
as one of "a number of standards" heard in its soundtrack.

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Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry
(September 29, 1907 – October 2, 1998)

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HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST WORLD NEWS

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On this day in 1906, San Francisco, CA, was hit with an earthquake
with an original death toll cited at about 700. Information received
later indicated that the death toll may have been 3 to 4 times the
original estimate.

 


    
    
    
   
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On this day in 1775, American revolutionaries Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott rode though towns in Massachusetts
giving the warning that the Regulars were coming out. Later, the
phrase "the British are coming" was attributed to Revere even
though it is unlikely he used that wording.

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An American Marine Second Lieutenant stands with his back to rescue workers swarming the ruins of the American embassy after a suicide bomber attacked killing 63, including 17 Americans among them CIA station chief Robert Ames, Beirut, April 18, 1983. The US Marines were there as part of the failed Multinational Force peacekeeping intervention in the Lebanese Civil War. Photo: Francoise De Mulder, Roger Viollet/Getty Images / Francoise De Mulder/Roger Viollet
The U.S. Embassy in Beirut was blown up by a suicide car-bomber
on this day in 1983. A total of 63 people were killed including 17 Americans.

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A previously unseen image of Einstein as a five-year-old in 1884.

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Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) 

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the 
theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside
quantum mechanics). His work is also known for its influence on the
philosophy of science. He is best known by the general public for his
mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed
"the world’s most famous equation").

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Wayne Gretzky (New York Rangers) played his final game in the
NHL on this day in 1999. He retired as the NHL‘s all-time leading
scorer and holder of 61 individual records.

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