PATENT FOR FIRST CIGAR-ROLLING MACHINE ON THIS DATE IN 1883

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Oscar Hammerstein I (left) was a businessman, theater manager and composer
in New York City. His passion for opera led him to open several opera houses,
and he rekindled opera’s popularity in America. In 1883 Oscar Hammerstein
patented the first cigar-rolling machine and began to make a fortune that he
promptly reinvested in theaters and concert halls. He was the grandfather
of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein ll.

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A cigar ad from the 1940s featuring Ronald Reagan

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ACTRESS BETTY GARRETT, DEAD AT 91

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Betty Garrett, the vivacious Broadway star who played Frank Sinatra’s sweetheart in two MGM musicals before her career was hampered by the Hollywood blacklist, has died in Los Angeles, her son said Sunday.

Garrett was best known as the flirtatious girl in love with the shy Sinatra in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "On the Town," both in 1949, and later in life she became well-known to TV audiences with recurring roles in the 1970s sitcoms "All in the Family"
and "Laverne and Shirley." Garrett died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, most likely from an aortic aneurysm, said her son, Garrett Parks.

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NINTH U.S. PRESIDENT BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1773

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William Henry Harrison  was the ninth President of the United States and
the first president to die in office. The oldest president elected until Ronald
Reagan in 1980, Harrison died on his 32nd day in office of complications
from pneumonia-the shortest tenure in U.S.presidential history. 

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RONALD REAGAN WOULD HAVE BEEN 100 TODAY

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Ronald Wilson Reagan , known as the “The Great Communicator”, was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989), the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975) and prior to politics, a Hollywood actor.  

Many conservative and liberal scholars agree that Ronald Reagan has been the most
most influential president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, leaving his imprint on American politics,

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THE GE THEATER PREMIERED ON THIS DATE IN 1953

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The television version of The General Electric Theater was broadcast every Sunday
evening on the CBS network until May 27, 1962. Each of the episodes was an 
adaptation of a novel, short story, play, film, or magazine fiction. 

Ronald Reagan (shown above) became the show’s only host on September 26, 1954. GE added a host to provide continuity, which was absent due to its anthology format. After four months, the show reached the Top Ten in the Nielsen Ratings.

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