‘’TRIPLE A’’ WAS FOUNDED ON THIS DATE IN 1902

original AAA-logo
AAA (pronounced “triple A”), formerly known as the American Automobile
Association
(original logo shown above), is a federation of 51 independently
operated motor clubs throughout North America. It was founded in Chicago,
Illinois in response to a lack of roads and highways suitable for automobile
use.  Nine motor clubs with a total of 1,500 members joined together to
form the Triple-A. The AAA today has more than 51 million members. Its
national headquarters are in Heathrow, Florida. The first road maps were
published in 1905 and the printing of hotel guides began in 1917.

AAA
Today’s logo

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U.S. ENTERED SPACE AGE ON THIS DATE IN 1958

Explorer-I-Animation
Explorer l
Pictured above is an animation of the Explorer orbiting Earth and a scale model of the
satellite being held up by (left to right) William Pickering, James Von Allen, and Wernher 
Von Braun. 

Explorer 1  was the first Earth satellite of the United States, launched as part of its participation in an international scientific project. The mission followed the first two
Earth satellites the previous year, the Soviet Union’s Sputnic l and 2, beginning the
Cold War Space Race between the two nations.

Explorer 1 was launched  atop the first Juno booster from at the Cape Canaveral, Florida. It returned data until its batteries were exhausted after nearly four months. It remained in orbit until 1970.

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PROMOTER DON KIRSHNER DEAD AT 77

don kirshner

    A business associate says rock promoter Don Kirshner has died of heart failure at a Florida hospital at age 77.

    Promoter Jack Wishna tells The Associated Press in Las Vegas that the man Time magazine once dubbed the "Man With the Golden Ear" died Monday at a Boca Raton hospital where he was being treated for an infection.

    Wishna calls Kirshner an icon who touched many lives in the music industry.

    Kirshner was behind the TV show "Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert" in 1972, and gave national exposure to many musicians. (AP)

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    FIRST WORD’S FROM SPACE ON THIS DATE IN 1958

    score
    RCA’s project SCORE (signal communications orbit relay equipment)
    was the world’s first communications satellite. An Air Force Atlas  
    inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched the satellite from
    Cape Canaveral, Florida. The first voice broadcast from SCORE
    was a message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, shown in
    the above photo.

    atlas score (USAF)

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    LESLIE NIELSEN HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 84

    naked gun
    leslie nielson
    The comic actor best known for his roles in AIRPLANE
    and THE NAKED GUN film series was being treated for
    Pneumonia at a hospital near his home in Florida.

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