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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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This Date in History: Texas Independence; Red Baron Shot Down; Fake Boston Marathon Winner

Posted: 04/21/2013 - On April 21, 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence.... In 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the "Red Baron," was killed in action during World War I.... In 1980, Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon; however, she was later exposed as a fraud. (Canadian Jacqueline Gareau was named the actual winner of the women's race.)... In 1963, The Beatles met The Rolling Stones at England's Crawdaddy Club.... In 1974, the country duo of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton performed together for the last time....

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Cheers! Original Sloppy Joe's Bar Reopens in Havana

Posted: 04/14/2013 - Reopened Friday after a nearly 50-year hiatus and is sure to quickly become a must-see for tourists eager to drink in the flavor of Havana's freewheeling past...One photo shows Ernest Hemingway, Noel Coward and Sir Alec Guinness when the latter was in town to film "Our Man In Havana" whose author ...Graham Greene wrote: "No Havana resident ever went to Sloppy Joe's because it was the rendezvous of tourists."..the same joint where everyone from Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner to Nat King Cole and Ted Williams once wet their whistles...

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