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THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE OF 1989

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An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale hit the San
Francisco Bay  area in
California
. The quake caused about 67
deaths, 3,000 injuries, and
 
damages up to $7 billion.     


     

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Sights and sounds of this day in 2001, when America suffered the worst terrorist attack on its soil.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in Kiev
on this day in 1986.. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands
more were exposed to radioactive material.

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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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John Glenn made space history on this day in 1962 when he orbited
the Earth three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes, becoming the first
American to do so. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury
capsule (above).

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Mercury 6 launches Friendship 7 from NASA’s Kennedy
Space Center.

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Here's What John Glenn saw on February 20, 1962.  Just 5 minutes and 44 seconds after launch, Glenn offered his first words about the view from his porthole: “This is Friendship 7. Can see clear back; a big cloud pattern way back across towards the Cape. Beautiful sight.” Three hours later, at the beginning of his third orbit, Glenn photographed this panoramic view of Florida from the Georgia border (right, under clouds) to just north of Cape Canaveral. His American homeland was 162 miles (260 kilometers) below. “I have the Cape in sight down there,” he noted to mission controllers. “It looks real fine from up here. I can see the whole state of Florida just laid out like on a map. Beautiful.”  Image via NASA
Here’s what John Glenn saw while orbiting the Earth. 

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Friendship 7 capsule after splashdown.

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The successful mission concluded with a splashdown and recovery
in the Atlantic Ocean, 800 miles southeast of Bermuda.

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Sir Sidney Poitier is 92-years-old today.


Actor, director, and diplomat Sidney Poitier became the first
African American to win an Oscar after performing in Lilies
of the Field (1963). The films Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
(1967) To Sir, with Love (1967) and In the Heat of the Night
(1967), additionally bolstered his fame. The American Film
Institute called him one of the 25 Greatest Male Stars of All
Time in 1999.

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HISTORY HAPPENED ON THIS DAY IN 2001

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The 9/11 memorial and ground zero today.

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