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FIRST KENNEDY-NIXON TV DEBATE IN 1960

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For the first time in U.S. history, a debate between major party
presidential candidates is shown on television.

The presidential hopefuls, John F. Kennedy, a Democratic senator
of Massachusetts and Richard M. Nixon
, the vice president of
the United States, met in a Chicago studio to discuss U.S.
domestic matters.


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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Actor/Producer Michael Douglas is 77 years old
today.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Mugshot of Patty Hearst upon her arrest in San Francisco on September 18, 1975.

Patty Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison. President
Jimmy Carter commuted Hearst’s sentence to time served in
February 1979. Hearst gained her release from prison after just
twenty-two months. On January 20, 2001, the last full day of his presidency, Bill Clinton granted Patricia Campbell Hearst a full
pardon.

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Patricia Campbell Hearst (born February 20, 1954)

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SOVIETS EXPLODE NUCLEAR DIVICE IN 1949

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In a surprisingly low-key and carefully worded statement, President
Harry S. Truman (above) informed the American people that the
Soviets exploded a nuclear bomb. The Soviet accomplishment,
years ahead of what was thought possible by most U.S. officials,
caused a panic in the American government. 

The United States developed the atomic bomb during the latter
stages of
World War II and dropped two bombs on Japan in August
1945.


 

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PLANET DISCOVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1846

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German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the
planet Neptune at the Berlin Observatory.

Neptune, generally the eighth planet from the sun, was
postulated by the French astronomer Urbain-Jean-Joseph
Le Verrier, who calculated the approximate location of the
planet by studying gravity-induced disturbances in the
motions of Uranus. On September 23, 1846, Le Verrier
informed Galle of his findings, and the same night Galle
and his assistant Heinrich Louis d’Arrest identified
Neptune at their observatory in Berlin. Noting its movement
relative to background stars over 24 hours confirmed that it
was a planet.

The blue gas giant, which has a diameter four times that of
Earth, was named for the Roman god of the sea. It has eight
known moons, of which Triton is the largest, and a ring
system containing three bright and two dim rings. It completes
an orbit of the sun once every 165 years. In 1989, the U.S.
planetary spacecraft Voyager 2 was the first human
spacecraft to visit Neptune.

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1838 painting of the New Berlin Observatory.

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Johann Gottfried Galle
(June 9, 1812 – July 10, 1910)

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