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President Franklin D. Roosevelt (L), founder of the March
of Dimes to fight polio, is shown at the White House with
Basil O’Connor, who worked with the president in forming
the charity.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an adult victim of polio, founded the
National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which he later renamed
the March of Dimes Foundation, on January 3, 1938. A predominantly childhood disease in the early 20th century, polio wreaked havoc
among American children every summer. The virus, which affects
the central nervous system, flourished in contaminated food and
water and was easily transmitted. Those who survived the disease
usually suffered from debilitating paralysis into their adult lives. In
1921, at the relatively advanced age of 39, Roosevelt contracted
polio and lost the use of his legs. With the help of the media, his
Secret Service and careful event planning, Roosevelt managed to
keep his disease out of the public eye, yet his personal experience inspired in him an empathy with the handicapped and prompted
him to the found the March of Dimes.

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Roosevelt talking with two young fellow polio patients at
Warm Springs.

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The 1969 Ford Bronco known as "Big Oly" won the Baja 1000 in 1971 and 1972.


(FoxNews) – The first all-new 2021 Ford Bronco (VIN 001) was sold
at a charity auction in March for $1,075,000, but an old one just
blew that price away.

A 1969 Bronco crossed the block at the Mecum Auctions event in Indianapolis on Friday and went for $1,870,000.

It wasn’t just any old Bronco, but a custom racing truck driven by
Parnelli Jones (below) to victory in the Baja 1000 in 1971 and 1972
and at several other off-road races.

The famed Bronco is known as “Big Oly” thanks to its Olympia
beer sponsorship and one of the most iconic American racing
vehicles of all time. Jones has owned it all these years and often
loaned it out for displays and events.


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Parnelli Jones during his racing

The 1969 Ford Bronco known as "Big Oly" won the Baja 1000 in 1971 and 1972.

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Rufus Parnell “Parnelli” Jones will turn 88 this August.

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American singer-actor Rick Springfield performs before a large
crowd at the Live Aid famine relief concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on this day in 1985.

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Live Aid concert crowds at Wembley Stadium in London.

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Jean-Paul Marat, a famous French revolutionary and member of the
Club des Cordeliers, was assassinated by the Girondin sympathizer Charlotte Corday on this day in 1793.

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Jean-Paul Marat
(May 24, 1743 – July 13, 1793)

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In New York, Civil War draft riots erupted on this day in 1863.

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It was on this in 1977 when a power blackout hit the Big Apple.

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Actor Harrison Ford is 76 years old today.

Iconic actor Harrison Ford’s memorable characters include Han Solo from
the original Star Wars trilogy from 1977, Indiana Jones trilogy beginning
in 1981, and Rick Deckard from the 1982 sci-fi classic
Blade Runner. He
earned Golden Globe Award nominations for his roles in
Witness (1985),
The Mosquito Coast
(1986), The Fugitive (1993) and Sabrina (1995). He
was ranked #1 on Empire’s 1997 list of the Top 100 Movie Stars of All

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PORTLAND, Ore. – A NASCAR racing star is in Portland to kick off a charity
motorcycle ride across the nation.

Racing champ Kyle Petty is leading 200 other riders on an 8-state, 2,400-mile
trip across the continent.

He’s doing the ride to raise money for Victory Junction – a camp in his home
state of North Carolina for terminally ill children.

Kyle is the son of Richard Petty, a NASCAR champion nicknamed “The King.”

This is 23rd time they’ve done the ride, but it is the first time they’ve started
in Portland. Petty says he and his co-riders are loving their stay in Oregon.

The ride is set to begin this Saturday morning at Manheim Portland Auto
Auction in Hayden Island. They plan to end eight days later in Milwaukie,
Wisconsin. (KATU-TV NEWS)


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The salvation Army is a charitable organization founded in 1865 in London by
one-time Methodist circuitpreacher William Booth. Originally known as the East
London Christian Mission, in 1878 Booth reorganized the mission, becoming its
first General and introducing the military structure which has been retained to
the present day. The current world leader of The Salvation Army is General
André Cox, who was elected by the High Council of The Salvation Army on
August 3, 2013.

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William Booth (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912)

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André Cox, General of The Salvation Army.


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