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NASA CONTROL CREATOR HAS DIED AT 95

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Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. (February 28, 1924 – July 22, 2019)

(AP) – Behind America’s late leap into orbit and triumphant small step on the
moon
was the agile mind and guts-of-steel of Chris Kraft, making split-second decisions that propelled the nation to once unimaginable heights.

Kraft, the creator and longtime leader of NASA’s Mission Control, died  today
in Houston, just two days after the 50th anniversary of what was his and
NASA’s crowning achievement: Apollo 11’s moon landing. He was 95.

Neil Armstrong, the first man-on-the-moon, told The Associated Press in 2011, Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. never flew in space, but "held the success
or failure of American human spaceflight in his hands."

Then-President Ronald Reagan being briefed by Kraft in Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center in Houston, in November 1981.
Then-President Ronald Reagan (center) being briefed by Chris Kraft (right) in Johnson Space Center’s Mission Control Center in Houston,
in November 1981. (NASA via AP, File)

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DOLL CELEBRATES 60 YEARS THIS WEEKEND

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The first Barbie doll was officially unveiled on March 9,
1959, at the New York Toy Fair and 60 years later she’s
still a sensation among children and the adults who
grew up playing with her and her friends.

Barbie doll was created by Ruth Handler, the co-founder
of Mattel, whose daughter was named Barbara
.

The full name of the first doll was Barbie Millicent Roberts,
and she was from Willows, Wisconsin. Barbie’s job was a teenage fashion model. Now, however, the doll has been
made in versions connected to over 125 different careers, including President of the United States.

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Mattell founders Ruth and Elliott Handler with a Barbie doll.

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CELEBRATE, IT’S NATIONAL POPCORN DAY!

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Then & now: Cracker Jack and its signature sailor mascot have
evolved over the years.

One of the oldest American forms of junk food, the Cracker Jack was invented
and trademarked in 1896 when the brothers who formed F.W. Rueckheim &
Bro., mixed molasses-flavored, caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts together.

        

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Fredrich William Rueckheim

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Louis Rueckheim
           

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Today,January 19, celebrates all of the different ways the corn-based treat      
popcorn can be enjoyed savory or sweet, caramelized, buttered or plain.

The Popcorn Board, a non-profit started in 1998, says Americans consume
13 billion quarts of popcorn a year, more than any other country in the
world.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On this is day in 1845, President James Polk and signed legislation making Texas the 28th state of the United States.


Boundaries of Texas after the annexation in 1845.

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Depiction of Anson Jones lowering Republic flag following
annexation by the United States.

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The U.S. and Texas flags at the Texas State Capitol.

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The first American Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was organized, in Boston, MA. on this day in 1851. 


A group of evangelicals from several Boston churches, led by retired sea
captain  and lay preacher Thomas Valentine Sullivan, founded the first
YMCA in the United States. Modeled on the original YMCA established in
London in 1844 by George Williams, this new organization offered a safe
gathering place, opportunities for socializing, bible-study classes and
prayer meetings.

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Thomas Valentine Sullivan                        George Williams

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore (" ‘Twas
the night before Christmas…") was published on this day in 1823.

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