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ERIE CANAL OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1825

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The Canal connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via
the Hudson River. Governor DeWitt Clinton of
New York, the
driving force behind the project, led the opening ceremonies
and rode the canal boat Seneca Chief from Buffalo to
New York
City
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Work began on the waterway in 1817. Teams of oxen plowed the
ground, but for the most part
the work was done by immigrants,
among them Irish diggers who had to rely on primitive tools. They
were paid $10 a month, and barrels of whisky were placed along
the canal route as encouragement.

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A painting at the Syracuse Canal Museum depicts Governor Dewitt Clinton bringing water from Lake Erie to New York
City, in the ceremony known as the “Wedding of the Waters.”

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The Erie Canalway today.

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NAVY FLIGHT 19 LOST ON THIS DAY IN 1945

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At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising
Flight 19 took off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in
Florida
on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to
take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back
over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base.
They never returned.

Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who
had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that
his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position
was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the
location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two
more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into
low Earth orbit in
1990 and remains in operation. It was not the
first space telescope,
but it is one of the largest and most versatile, renowned both as a
vital research tool and as a public relations boon for
astronomy.

The Hubble telescope is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble
(below) and is one of NASA’s
Great Observatories.

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Edwin Powell Hubble
(November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953)

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THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE ON THIS DAY IN 1871

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Flames spark in the
Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, igniting
a two-day blaze that kills between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450
buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless and causes an estimated $200 million
(in 1871 dollars; $3 billion in 2007 dollars) in damages.

Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in the O’Leary barn and started
the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a comet may have been responsible for the event that left four square miles of the Windy City and its
business district in ruins.

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Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi
( April 25, 1874 – July 20, 1937


Marconi was an
Italian inventor and electrical engineer,
known for his pioneering work on long-distance
radio
transmission
, development of Marconi’s law, and a
radio telegraph system. He is credited as the inventor
of radio
, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics
with
Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their
contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy".

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Actor Alfredo James Pacino is 78 years old today.     

Al Pacino had his breakthrough as mobster Michael Corleone in the
Godfather trilogy and won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his
role as Frank Slade in the 1992 film
Scent of a Woman. He is also
known for his starring roles in
Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Heat (1995),
Scarface (1983), and Serpico (1973).

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