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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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


Tammy Waynette was one of country music’s best-
known artists and biggest-selling female singers
during the late 1960s and first half of the 1970s.

Wynette charted 20 number-one songs on the
Billboard Country Chart. She is credited with
having defined the role of women in country
music during the 1970s.

Tammy died on April 6, 1998, at the age of 55
while sleeping on her couch in her
Nashville,
Tennessee
, home. Her doctor from said she
died of a
blood clot in her lung.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)

Washington was soldier, statesman, and Founding Father who
served as the first
president of the United States from 1789 to
1797. Appointed by the
Continental Congress
as commander of
the
Continental Army, George Washington led the Patriot forces
to victory in the
American
Revolutionary War. 

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FIRST WINTER OLYMPICS WAS HELD IN 1924

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On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics took off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski
jump and bobsled as well as 12 other events involving a total of
six sports. The “International Winter Sports Week,” as it was
known, was a great success, and in 1928 the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) officially designated the Winter Games,
staged in St. Moritz, Switzerland, as the second Winter Olympics.

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A CALL FOR OLYMPICS TO BE MOVED IN 1980

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On January 20, 1980, in a letter to the United States Olympic
Committee (USOC) and a television interview, U.S. President
Jimmy Carter proposed that the 1980 Summer Olympics be
moved from the planned host city, Moscow, if the
Soviet
Union
failed to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within
a month.

After the IOC denied Carter’s request, the USOC later voted to
boycott the Moscow games, a decision that Carter announced
on March 21, 1980.


   

   

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MASSACRE BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1972

Today in History: Munich Massacre | WNYC News | WNYC

During the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich, in the early morning
of September 5, a group of Palestinian terrorists stormed the
Olympic Village apartment of the Israeli athletes, killing two and
taking nine others hostage. The terrorists were part of a group
known as Black September, in return for the release of the hostages,
they demanded that
Israel release over 230 Arab prisoners being held
in Israeli jails and two German terrorists. In an ensuing shootout at the
Munich airport, the nine Israeli hostages were killed along with five
terrorists and one West German policeman. Olympic competition
was suspended for 24 hours to hold memorial services for the
slain athletes.

 

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I.O.C. Rejects Israeli Request for Moment of Silence at London Games - The New York Times

Moti Ankari on Twitter: "We remember those who were murdered during the Munich Olympics also known as the Munich Massacre. 11 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palestinian Terrorist. #Olympics #israel (graphic by @

Chronicle Covers: A view of the Munich Olympics massacre

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