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On This Date: Nathan Hale Hanged; 'Maverick'; 'Fiddler'; 'U.N.C.L.E.'; Obits

Updated: 09/22/2013 - On September 22 in history - In 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War. In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to shoot President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel, but missed. (Moore served 32 years in prison before being paroled on Dec. 31, 2007.) In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war. In 1957, "Maverick," starring James Garner and Jack Kelly, premiered on ABC. In 1964, the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 3,242 performances In 1964, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debut on NBC. U.N.C.L.E. stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

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Day in History: Battle of Britain; Birmingham Bombing; Lone Ranger Debuts

Posted: 09/15/2013 - In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution... In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship... In 1940, during the World War II Battle of Britain, the tide turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses against the Luftwaffe... In 1950, during the Korean conflict, United Nations forces landed at Incheon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul.... In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)... In 1949, "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC with Clayton Moore as the masked hero and Jay Silverheels as Tonto...

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Today in History: Paris Liberated; Young Samantha Smith; Elton John; Dirty Dancing; Aaliyah

Posted: 08/25/2013 - In 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans. In 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. In 1985, Samantha Smith, 13, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, died with her father in an airliner crash in Auburn, Maine. In 1970, Elton John made his U.S. debut at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. The performance kicked off a brief tour and led to a recording contract with MCA. In 1987, the film "Dirty Dancing" made its world premiere in Los Angeles.

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This Day in History: Women's Vote; Woodstock; Korean DMZ Deaths;Ringo; Elvis

Posted: 08/18/2013 - On Aug 18 - In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women's right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it. In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y., wound to a close after three nights with a midmorning set by Jimi Hendrix. In 1976, two U.S. Army officers were killed in Korea's demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attacked U.S. and South Korean soldiers. In 1962, drummer Ringo Starr played his first gig with The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. He replaced Pete Best. In 1977, Elvis Presley was buried at a Memphis cemetery, with about 75,000 people gathered outside. His body was moved to the grounds of Graceland after burglars tried to break into the original mausoleum.

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Day in History: Watts Riot; Mall of America; "Green Onions", "Hey Jude"

Updated: 08/11/2013 - On August 11, 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles. In 1984, during a radio broadcast voice test, President Ronald Reagan joked that he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." In 1992, the Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minn. On August 11th, 1962, the Booker T. and the MG's classic instrumental "Green Onions" was released by Stax Records. In 1968, The Beatles released "Hey Jude" backed with "Revolution," the first single from their Apple Records label.

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Pamplona Bulls Take Stage 8 of the "Running of the Bulls"

Updated: 07/14/2013 - 23 injured during stampede at Spanish bull run... an American citizen from Ohio was one of two runners gored... the American was undergoing surgery Saturday afternoon after suffering a "rectal perforation" ... the last fatal goring happened in 2009.

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This Date in History: Billy the Kid; Popeye, the Who; Everly Brothers

Posted: 07/14/2013 - In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias "Billy the Kid," was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner in present-day New Mexico. In 1933, Popeye the Sailor Man appeared in his first cartoon. In 1967, The Who began its first American tour by opening for Herman's Hermits. In 1973, the Everly Brothers broke up after Phil got angry over Don's performance, smashed his own guitar and walked off stage. They reunited eleven years later.

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