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DOLLY PARTON 74 YEARS YOUNG TODAY

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Dolly Rebecca Parton

Country singer Dolly Parton released twenty-six #1 Billboard hits,
including "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," and "9 to 5." She grew
up alongside eleven brothers and sisters in a one-room cabin in
Appalachia,
Tennessee and learned to sing at church. Dolly Parton
received the nickname The Queen of Country Music after releasing
more #1 hits than any other country singer in U.S. history.

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In 2018, Dolly Parton added two more honors to her already-
illustrious, decades-long career as she was recognized by
Guinness World Records.

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ACTRESS IS 69 YEARS YOUNG TODAY

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Kirstie Louise Alley

Comic actress Kristie Alley is best known as Rebecca Howe from the
NBC television show Cheers (1983-1993). She originally came to Los
Angeles  to work as an interior designer, before appearing as a game
contestant on Match Game.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Nancy Kerrigan cries in pain after the attack.

Former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (above) was clubber on her right leg
by an assailant on this day in 1994. The attacker was hired by the ex-
husband of her rival Tonya Harding.
  Four men were later sentenced to
prison for the attack, including Harding’s ex-husband.

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Nancy Kerrigan turned 50 last October.

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Tonya Maxene Price (née Harding) became 49 in
November.

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UNITED FLIGHT 173 DOWN ON THIS DAY IN 1978

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United Airlines Flight 173 was a scheduled flight from John F.
Kennedy International
Airport
in New York City to Portland
International Airport
 in Portland, Oregon, with a scheduled stop
in
Denver
, Colorado. On December 28, 1978, the aircraft flying
this route ran out of fuel while troubleshooting a landing gear
problem and crashed in a suburban
Portland neighborhood
near NE 157th Avenue and East
Burnside Street killing 10
people. 

  



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Flight 173 was piloted by an experienced cockpit crew,
consisting of Captain Malburn McBroom (above), First
Officer Roderick "Rod" Beebe, and Flight Engineer
Forrest Mendenhall.  McBroom had been with United
Airlines for 27 years; he was one of the airline’s most
senior pilots with more than 27,600 hours of flight time,
of which about 5,500 hours had been as a DC-8 captain.

Note{McBroom died on October 9, 2004 at age 77.

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The crash site of United flight 173 as it looks today.

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FIRST NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE IN 1923

President Coolidge illuminating the community Christmas tree, south of the White House.
President Coolidge (center) illuminating the community Christmas
tree, south of the White House.

On December 24, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge presses a button and
lights up the first national
Christmas tree to grace the White House
grounds.

Not only was this the first White House “community” Christmas tree, but
it was the first to be decorated with electric lights–a strand of 2,500 red,
white and green bulbs. The balsam fir came from Coolidge’s home state
of
Vermont and stood 48 feet tall. Several musical groups performed at
the tree-lighting ceremony, including the Epiphany Church choir and the
U.S. Marine Band. Later that evening, President Coolidge and first lady
Grace were treated to carols sung by members of Washington, D.C.’s
First Congregational Church.

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President Coolidge and the first lady Grace.

1923 National Christmas Tree with Washington Monument in background. Image from Library of Congress.
The Washington Monument is seen in the background.

Calvin Coolidge
John Calvin Coolidge Jr.
(July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933)         
        
        
        
        
First Lady Melania Trump, joined by President Donald J. Trump,
lights the 2019 National Christmas Tree during the 97th annual
National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday, Dec. 5,
2019, on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. 
        
        
       
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