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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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BCS Championship: 3 Days Away

Updated: 01/03/2014 - The BCS National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn will be Monday Night at 7:30 CST on ESPN.

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Day in History: Becket; Wounded Knee; Rasputin; WWII London Fire; Eastern Crash in Everglades

Updated: 12/29/2013 - On Dec 28 - In 1170, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II... In 1890, the Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as an estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them... In 1916, Grigory Rasputin, the so-called "Mad Monk" who'd wielded great influence with Czar Nicholas II, was killed by a group of Russian noblemen in St. Petersburg... In 1940, during World War II, Germany dropped incendiary bombs on London, setting off what came to be known as "The Second Great Fire of London."... In 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed into the Florida Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 101 of the 176 people aboard...

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Day in History: Bill of Rights; Sitting Bull; "Gone with the Wind"; Glenn Miller;

Updated: 12/14/2013 - On Dec 15 - In 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia. In 1890, Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a confrontation with Indian police. In 1939, "Gone with the Wind" had its world premiere in Atlanta. It starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. In 1944, a plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller disappeared during a flight over the English Channel. He was a U.S. Army major at the time. Forty years later, British authorities said the plane was probably hit by explosives jettisoned from British fighters.

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Day in History: Pearl Harbor; Crossing the Delaware; United Creash; John Lennon

Updated: 12/08/2013 - Today in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Gen. George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey into Pennsylvania. In 1972, a United Airlines Boeing 737 crashed while attempting to land at Chicago-Midway Airport, killing 43 of the 61 people on board, as well as two people on the ground; among the passengers who died were Dorothy Hunt, wife of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt, U.S. Rep. George W. Collins, D-Ill., and CBS News correspondent Michele Clark. In 1980, rock star John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan.

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Day in History: Rosa Parks; "Great Expectations"; "Thriller"

Posted: 12/01/2013 - Today in History: On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks. In 1860, the Charles Dickens novel "Great Expectations" was first published in weekly serial form. In 1982, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album was released. It went on to become the biggest-selling album of all time.

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Day in History: Oswald, Ruby, D.B.Cooper, Beatles, Freddie Mercury

Posted: 11/24/2013 - Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in a scene captured on live television. Also, on this date - In 1971, hijacker "D.B. Cooper" parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 dollars in ransom -- his fate remains unknown. In 1991, rock singer Freddie Mercury died in London at age 45 of AIDS-related pneumonia.

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