CLARK GABLE ~ BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1901

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William Clark Gable, a film actor who was nicknamed "The King of Hollywood"
in his heyday. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Gable seventh among
the greatest male stars of all time. Gable’s most famous role was Rhett Butler in 
in the 1939 Civil War epic film Gone with the Wind. His performance earned him
his third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He  won a Best Actor
Award in 1934 for It Happened One Night. His final screen appearance was in
The Misfits in 1961, with co-star Marilyn Monroe, also her last film.

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                          Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind

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                              Gable and Monroe in The Misfits

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U.S. SOLDIER EXECUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1945

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Edward Donald Slovik (above) was a private in the U.S Army during World War ll and the only American soldier to be court-martialled and executed for desertion since the Civil War.

Over 21,000 American soldiers were given varying sentences for desertion during World War II, including 49 death sentences,but Slovik’s was the only death sentence carried out.

Slovik’s execution was the basis for a 1954 book by William Bradford Huie.The book was adapted for a TV movie in 1974 starring Martin Sheen and also called The Execution of Private Slovik.

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PRESIDENT MCKINLEY ~ BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1887

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William McKinley, Jr.  was the25th President of the United States ( 1897 – 1901),
and the last veteran of the American Civil War to be elected to that office. He was
the last President of the 19th century and the first of 20th. His second term came 
to a tragic end. On September 5, 1901, President  McKinley who had just delivered
a speech at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, was standing in a receiving line when a deranged anarchist shot him twice. He died eight days later. 

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President McKinley delivering his last address at the Pan-American Exposition

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An artists depiction of the shooting of President McKinley shows the assassin,
Leon Czolgosz, with a concealed revolver.

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             Marker at the McKinley Memorial Mausoleum in Canton, Ohio

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GENERAL BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1813

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Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was a Confederate general during the Civil War, and probably the most well-known Confederate commander after General Robert
E. Lee. His military career includes the Valley Campaign of 1862 and his service as a corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. He died of
complications of pneumonia on May 10, 1863 at the age of 39. Military historians
consider Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in U.S. history. 

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                  Monument of Stonewall Jackson in Richmond, Virginia

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IT WAS ON THIS DATE IN 1863

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President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he
dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield
in Pennsylvania. 


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