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AWARD WINNING SINGER IS 70 TODAY

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During the 1970s, Bonnie Lynn Raitt released a series of roots-influenced
albums that incorporated elements of
blues, rock, folk and country. In 1989,
after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success, she had
a major hit with the album Nick of Time. The following two albums, Luck of
the Draw
(1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994), were also multimillion
sellers, generating several hit singles, including "
Something to Talk About",
"
Love Sneakin’ Up on You", and the ballad "I Can’t Make You Love Me"
(with
Bruce Hornsby on piano).

Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards. She is listed as number 50 in
Rolling Stone‘s list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and
number 89 on the magazine’s list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of
All Time.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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SANDY KOZEL

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On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.

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Loretta at age 9.

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Loretta Lynn is a country music singer-songwriter with multiple gold albums
in a career spanning almost 60 years. She is famous for hits such as "
You
Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)
", "Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ 
(with)
Lovin’ on Your Mind)", "One’s on the Way", "Fist City", and "Coal
Miner’s
Daughter." Loretta is 87 years young today.

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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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On this day in 1770, a deadly riot called "The Boston Massacre" took place on King Street in Boston. It began as a street brawl between
American colonists and a lone British soldier, but quickly escalated
to a chaotic, bloody slaughter killing five people. Two British troops 
were later convicted of manslaughter. The conflict energized anti-
Britain sentiment and paved the way for the American Revolution.

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Boston Massacre Site Memorial, on the Freedom Trail behind the Old State House.

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Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley)  
(September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963)

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On this day in 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the crash of their plane, a
Piper Comanche, near Camden, Tennessee, along with pilot Randy Hughes (Cline’s manager). The investigation determined that Hughes,
a non-instrument-rated pilot, attempted visual flight in adverse
weather conditions, resulting in disorientation and subsequent loss
of control.


A Piper Comanche PA-24-180, similar to the one that crashed.

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Patsy Cline aircraft crash site, Camden, Tennessee.

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IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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The Spanish Civil War began on this day in 1936 as Gen. Francisco Franco (below) led an uprising of army troops based in Spanish
North Africa.

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It was on this day in 1969.

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Senator Ted Kennedy wearing a neck brace following the accident.

Senator Ted Kennedy ran his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island,
killing his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. He swam free, leaving the scene,
and did not report the accident to the police for ten hours.

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013)


South African revolutionary and politician who radically changed the
conditions of the Apartheid state of South Africa by addressing
institutionalized racism and inequality. He served 27 years in prison
and, upon his release in 1994, he became South Africa’s first black
chief executive, an office he served for five years.

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Seven year old Ricky Skaggs on television in 1961.

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Country and bluegrass singer Rickie Lee Skaggs is 64 today.


Ricky Skaggs was inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame this 
year. He has achieved 12 #1 hits, 8 CMA awards, and 8 ACM awards. In
1982, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the youngest to ever
be inducted at that time.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST WORLD NEWS

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On this day in 1917, the U.S. Congress approved a declaration of war
on Germany and entered World War I on the Allied side.

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Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson claimed to be the
first men to reach the North Pole on this day in 1909.

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The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece on this
day in 1896.

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Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) the country
singer was born in
Oildale, California
.

Merle Haggard  recorded "Okie From Muskogee" and was the leader of
the band The Strangers. He was a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee
in 1994.

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Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh) (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998)

After years of medical problems which resulted in[ numerous hospitalizations, roughly 15 major operations and an addiction to pain medication, country
singer Tammy Wynette died on April 6, 1998 at the age of 55 while sleeping
on her couch. Wynette’s doctor from
Pennsylvania said she died of a blood
clot
in her lung. Despite her persistent illnesses, she continued to perform
until shortly before her death and had other performances scheduled.

Wynette was called the "First Lady of Country Music", and her best-known
song, "
Stand by Your Man", is one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman
in the history of country music. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she
charted 20 number-one songs. Along with
Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton,
Tammy is credited with having defined the role of women in country music
during the 1970s.

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