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POEM PENNED ON THIS DAY IN 1814

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Painting of Francis Scott Key standing on boat, with
right arm stretched out toward the United States flag
flying over Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland.

Francis Scott Key penned a poem which is later set to music
and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, “
The Star-
Spangled Banner
.” The poem, originally titled “The Defense
of Fort McHenry,” was written after Key witnessed the
Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the
War of 1812. Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S.
flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected
in the now-famous words of the “Star-Spangled Banner”:
“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

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Francis Scott Key (August 1, 1779 – January 11, 1843)


Francis S. Key was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet
from
Frederick, Maryland. It has been speculated that the U.S. motto
"In God We Trust" was adapted from a line in the fourth stanza of
the "Star-Spangled Banner".


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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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CAMILLE
BOHANNON


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On this day in 2001, President Bill Clinton escaped indictment by surrendering his Arkansas law license for five years and admitting
that he made false statements under oath about his affair with
Monica Lewinsky.

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A twelve-year-old Dolly Parton.

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       Dolly Parton at Sevier High School.  

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Dolly Rebecca Parton is 73 years young today.


Country singer Dolly Parton has released twenty-six #1 Billboard hits,
including "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," and "9 to 5." Parton’s music
includes 25 Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)-certified
gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards.

She grew up alongside eleven brothers and sisters in a one-room cabin
in Appalachia, Tennessee where she learned to sing at church.

She received the nickname The Queen of Country Music after releasing
more #1 hits than any other country singer in U.S. history. Dolly is one
of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s
Entertainer of the Year Award and has received 47 Grammy nominations.


Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton in 1969.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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ROSS SIMPSON

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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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THE NEWS THAT MADE HISTORY

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Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch) is 102 years old today.

Legendary movie actor Kirk Douglas starred in 20,000 Leagues Under the
Sea
 (1954), Paths of  Glory (1957), Gunfight at the O.K Corral (1957), and
Spartacus (1960). Kirk Douglas became a legend on the silver screen,
receiving the Academy Honorary Award in 1996. He was a successful
competitive wrestler while in college and served in the U.S. Navy.

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PAST WORLD NEWS HEADLINES

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Edward White became the first American astronaut to do a "space
walk" when he left the Gemini 4 capsule on this day in 1965.

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Ed White floats beside Gemini IV, with the Gulf of California behind
him.

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Edward Higgins White II
(November 14, 1930 – January 27, 1967)

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Ayatollah (Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi) Khomeini
(September 24, 1902 – June 3, 1989)

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Pope John XXIII  (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli)
(November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963)  

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The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson on this day in 1937. The Duke died on May
28, 1972 at age 77.

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Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997)

Allen Ginsberg was an American poet, philosopher, and
writer. He is considered to be one of the leading figures
of both the
Beat Generation during the 1950s and the
counterculture that soon followed. Ginsberg vigorously
opposed
militarism, economic materialism and sexual
repression
.

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Josephine Baker (Freda Josephine McDonald)
(June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975)
  

Dancer and entertainer Josephine Baker was known as "Black
Pearl" and "Creole Goddess" and widely recognized by her
Danse banana costume. She was activist in the Civil Rights
Movement, and adopted a "Rainbow Tribe" of orphans from
various races.
 

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