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THE YOUNGEST TO WIN NOVEL PRIZE IN 1964

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African American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance
to
racial prejudice in America. At 35 years of age, the Georgia-
born minister was the youngest person ever to receive the award.

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CREATED ON THIS DAY IN 1862

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President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a
measure calling for the awarding of a
U.S. Army
Medal of Honor
, in the name of Congress, “to

such noncommissioned officers and privates
as shall most distinguish themselves by their
gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities
during the present insurrection.” The previous
December, Lincoln had approved a provision
creating a U.S. Navy Medal of Valor, which was
the basis of the Army Medal of Honor created by
Congress in July 1862.

The first U.S. Army soldiers to receive what would
become the nation’s highest military honor were
six members of a Union raiding party who in 1862
penetrated Confederate territory to destroy bridges, 
and railroad tracks between Chattanooga, Tennessee, 
and Atlanta, Georgia.

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ICONIC ACTOR DIED ON THIS DAY IN 1979

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John Wayne (Marion Robert Morrison)
(May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979)


Film
actor John Wayne, famous for starring in countless westerns,
died at age 72 after battling cancer for more than a decade. The
American Film Institute selected Wayne as one of the greatest male
stars
of classic American cinema. 

 

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GIANT LANDMINE–SNIFFING RAT RETIRES

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(AP) – After five years of sniffing out land mines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, Magawa (above) is retiring.

The African giant pouched rat has been the most successful rodent
trained and overseen by a Belgian nonprofit, APOPO, to find land
mines and alert his human handlers so the explosives can be
can be safely removed.

 

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FIRST AMERICAN TO WALK IN SPACE ~ 1965


On June 3, 1965, 120 miles above the Earth, Major Edward H. White
II opened the hatch of the Gemini 4 and stepped out of the capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to walk in space (above). He
was attached to the craft by a 25-foot tether and controlling his movements with  a hand-held oxygen jet-propulsion gun, White
remained outside the capsule for just over 20 minutes. As a space
walker,
White had been preceded by Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei A. Leonov,
who on March 18, 1965, was the first man ever to walk in space.

 

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Edward Higgins White II
(November 14, 1930 – January 27, 1967)

White died on January 27, 1967, alongside astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Roger B. Chaffee in a fire during pre-launch testing
for Apollo 1 at
Cape Canaveral, Florida. He was awarded the
NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his flight in Gemini 4
and
posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of
Honor

 

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