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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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Made in the Wiregrass: The ChordBuddy

Updated: 07/09/2013 - 7 out of 10 people quit the guitar. When his daughter nearly became part of that statistic, Travis said enough is enough.

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Day in History: Lincoln Conspirators Hanged; 1st Woman on Supreme Court; Dragnet; Morris the Cat

Posted: 07/07/2013 - Today in History - In 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. In 1973, actress Veronica Lake, known for her "peek-a-boo" hairstyle, died in Burlington, Vt., at age 50. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1949, the police drama "Dragnet," starring Jack Webb and Barton Yarborough, premiered on NBC radio. In 1954, Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips of WHBQ became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record. He premiered "That's All Right," and he also interviewed Elvis. In 1978, Morris the Cat of the "Nine Lives" cat food commercials was rescued by trainer Bob Martwick from the pound just a few minutes before he was to be put to sleep. In 2009, a star-studded memorial service was held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, 12 days after his death. Among those who paid tribute to Jackson included Usher, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah.

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Today in History: 1st Corvette: Toscanini; Tonguska Blast: "Night of the Long Knives"

Updated: 06/30/2013 - Today is Sunday, June 30, the 181st day of 2013. There are 184 days left in the year... On June 30, 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette, with its innovative fiberglass body, was built at a General Motors assembly facility in Flint, Mich... In 1908, the Tunguska Event took place in Russia as an asteroid exploded above Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown-down trees.... In 1993, actor George "Spanky" McFarland of "Our Gang" and "Little Rascals" fame died in Grapevine, Texas, at age 64... On June 30th, 1952, the radio program "Guiding Light" made its debut as a television soap opera on CBS... In 1985, Yul Brynner performed for the last time as the King of Siam in "The King and I." He had done the show off and on for 34 years and more than 4,500 performances...

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This Day in History: 1st Woman in Space; 'Superman' Dies; "Psycho", "Grease" Open

Posted: 06/15/2013 - Today's Highlight in History: On June 16, 1963, the world's first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova (teh-ruhsh-KOH'-vuh), 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; she spent 71 hours in flight, circling the Earth 48 times before returning safely... In 1959, actor George Reeves, TV's "Superman," was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in the bedroom of his Beverly Hills, Calif., home; he was 45... In 1960, the movie "Psycho" opened in Hollywood... In 1967, the Monterey International Pop Festival opened in California. More than two dozen acts, including Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding, were on the bill.... In 1978, the movie version of "Grease" opened in North American theaters. The movie starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John...

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Day in History: Secretariat Wins Triple Crown

Posted: 06/09/2013 - On June 9, 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.... In 1943, the federal government began withholding income tax from paychecks... In 1954, during the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., for verbally attacking a member of Welch's law firm, Fred Fisher, asking McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"... In 1972, Columbia Records signed Bruce Springsteen...

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