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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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This Day in History: "Ironhorse" Lou Gehrig Dies

Posted: 06/02/2013 - Today is Sunday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2013. There are 212 days left in the year.... In 1924, Congress passed a measure that was then signed by President Calvin Coolidge guaranteeing full American citizenship for all Native Americans born within U.S. territorial limits. In 1941, baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; he was 37. In 1966, the U.S. space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface. In 2008, Bo Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida. He was 79.

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Day in History: WWII Dunkirk; Apollo 10; Michael Jackson Weds Lisa Marie Presley

Posted: 05/26/2013 - Today in History... May 26 In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal on the remaining charges... In 1940, the evacuation of more than 338,000 Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II... In 1969, the Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing (Apollo 11 landed on the moon in July, 1969)... Entertainment - In 1965, the Rolling Stones appeared on "Shindig!" along with Jackie DeShannon and Sonny and Cher... In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. Presley filed for divorce in January 1996...

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Day in History: D-Day First Proposed; 'Lawrence' of Arabia and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Die

Posted: 05/19/2013 - On May 19, 1943, top U.S. and British officials meeting in Washington reached agreement on May 1, 1944 as the date for the D-Day invasion of France (the operation ended up being launched more than a month later).... In 1935, T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died in Dorset, England, six days after being injured in a motorcycle crash.... In 1994, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York at age 64...

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Denmark's de Forest Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Posted: 05/19/2013 - ...viewers across Europe awarded the barefoot, hippie-chic 20-year-old for the catchy love song that is driven by her deep, Shakira-like voice...previous winners included ABBA in 1973...

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Day in History: WWII Axis Give Up Africa; Lindbergh Baby Found; Berlin Blockade Ends

Posted: 05/12/2013 - On May 12, 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered... In 1922, a 20-ton meteor crashed near Blackstone, Va... In 1932, the body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was found in a wooded area near Hopewell, N.J... In 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift... On May 12, 1959, Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher were married in Las Vegas. They divorced after four years...

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Date in History: Mutiny on the Bounty; Ali Refuses Induction; Passenger Jet Loses Top

Posted: 04/28/2013 - Today is Sunday, April 28, the 118th day of 2013. There are 247 days left in the year.... In 1789, rebelling crew members of the British ship HMS Bounty led by Fletcher Christian set Capt. William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. (Bligh and most of the men with him managed to reach Timor in 47 days.)... In 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army, the same day General William C. Westmoreland told Congress the U.S. "would prevail in Vietnam."... In 1988, a flight attendant was killed and more than 60 persons injured when part of the roof of an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 tore off during a flight from Hilo (HEE'-loh) to Honolulu....

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