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Day in History: Polio Vaccine; Alamo; Guantanamo Bay; Iwo Jima; Eagles, Fleetwood Mac

Posted: 02/23/2014 - Today in History...on this date, Feb 23 - In 1954, the first mass inoculation of schoolchildren against polio using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh as some 5,000 students were vaccinated. In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an agreement with Cuba to lease the area around Guantanamo Bay to the United States. In 1945, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi. In 1965, Stan Laurel of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74. In 1978, at the 20th annual Grammy Awards, The Eagles won Record of the Year for "Hotel California." "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac won the Album of the Year award. In 2004, the finale of "Sex and the City" aired.

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Day in History: "U.S." Grant: Castro: Nylon: 1st 911 debuts in Ala

Posted: 02/15/2014 - Today in History - In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's victory earned him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant." In 1937, Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont who'd invented nylon, received a patent for the synthetic fiber. In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. In 1968, the nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala. In 1969, country singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette were married in Ringgold, Georgia. They had said they were secretly married six months earlier.

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Health Day for the Community

Updated: 02/08/2014 - A local community center opened its doors today, hosting an event geared to help residents’ live healthy lives.

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Meet the Ultimate Beatles Fan

Posted: 02/06/2014 - February 9th marks 50 years since the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. 73 million Americans tuned in for the start of the British Invasion. It was a turning point for rock and roll and the start of a cultural revolution.

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Day in History: Ben Franklin and the Bald Eagle; US Misses the Moon; Buddy Holly

Updated: 01/26/2014 - On this date (Jan 26)... In 1784, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the bald eagle as the symbol of America... In 1939, Principal photography began for David O. Selznick's movie version of "Gone with the Wind."... In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon -- but the probe ended up missing its target by more than 22,000 miles. In 1956, Buddy Holly made his first recordings for Decca Records. Two years later on this date, Holly and the Crickets appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show."...

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Dinosaurs Roar in to Dothan

Updated: 01/19/2014 - Dinosaurs took center stage this afternoon at the National Peanut Festival fairgrounds

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Day in History: Free Speech; 1st Presidential TV News Conference; Iran Hostages; Beatles Reunion Nixed

Posted: 01/19/2014 - On Jan 19 - In 1764, John Wilkes was expelled from the British Parliament for seditious libel and obscenity (the former charge was for criticizing a speech delivered by King George III; the latter, for penning a pornographic parody of Alexander Pope's "Essay on Man")... In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower... In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months... In 1976, promoter Bill Sargent offered The Beatles at least $30 million to reunite for a concert in the U.S. Sargent estimated that the reunion show could gross up to $300 million. They refused...

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Discover the Dinosaurs in Dothan

Updated: 01/18/2014 - The “Discover the Dinosaurs” festival will be held at the National Peanut Festival this Saturday and Sunday.

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Day in History: No to Women Vote; Haiti Earthquake; Jets Shock Colts; Motown; Supremes

Posted: 01/12/2014 - On Jan. 12 - In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit. In 1915, the House of Representatives rejected, 204-174, a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. In 1969, the New York Jets of the American Football League upset the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League 16-7 in Super Bowl III, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami. In 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake, killing as many as 300,000 residents and leaving over 1.5 million people homeless. In 1968, The Supremes appeared in an episode of NBC's "Tarzan." They played a group of nuns. In 1971, the groundbreaking TV situation comedy "All in the Family" premiered on CBS.

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Phil Everly Dies (brother Don receives 'message'); Seagal as Governor?

Posted: 01/05/2014 - Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at 74... Don Everly receives 'special spiritual message'... Steven Seagal says he may run for Ariz. governor... Gone With the Wind' actress dies at 98... 'Oklahoma' Actress Barbara Lawrence dies at age 83...

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