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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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SANDY KOZEL

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Harry LillisBingCrosby Jr. Born
on this day in 1903.  (Died 1977)

 

                                    

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THE CIVIL WAR BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1861

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The bloodiest four years in American history began when
Confederate shore batteries under General
P.G.T. Beauregard
open fire on Union-held
Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s
Charleston Bay (above). During the next 34 hours, 50
Confederate guns and mortars launched more than 4,000
rounds at the poorly supplied fort. On April 13, U.S. Major
Robert Anderson surrendered the fort. Two days later, U.S.
President
Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling
for 75,000 volunteer soldiers to quell the Southern “insurrection.”

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Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
(1818-1893)

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Robert Anderson
(June 14, 1805 – October 26, 1871)

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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MIKE GRACIA

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B.W. Gallagher (left), president of the Alabama Telephone
Co., displays the red telephone installed at the Haleyville.
Ala. police station to receive the first 911 call.

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FAMOUS WRITER BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1835

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens
(November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)

 

Samuel Clemens, later known as Mark Twain, was born in Florida, Missouri,
on November 30, 1835.

Clemens was apprenticed to a printer at age 13 and later worked
for his older brother, who established the Hannibal Journal. In
1857, the Keokuk Daily Post commissioned him to write a series
of comic travel letters, but after writing five he decided to become
a steamboat captain instead. He signed on as a pilot’s apprentice
in 1857 and received his pilot’s license in 1859, when he was 23.

Clemens piloted boats for two years, until the Civil War halted
steamboat traffic. During his time as a pilot, he picked up the
term “Mark Twain,” a boatman’s call noting that the river was
only two fathoms deep, the minimum depth for safe navigation.

When Clemens returned to writing in 1861, working for the Virginia
City Territorial Enterprise, he wrote a humorous travel letter signed
by “Mark Twain” and continued to use the pseudonym for nearly
50 years.

 

 

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FAMOUS SPEECH DELIVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1863

The Gettysburg Address – King James Galleries

At the dedication of a military cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln (above)
delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history:
the  Gettysburg Address.
  

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