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    April 9, 1962 Kennedy throws first pitch at

    new D.C. stadium On this day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy throws out the ceremonial first pitch in Washington D.C.'s new stadium, called simply "D.C. Stadium." In doing so, he continued a long-standing tradition that began in 1910 when President William H. Taft threw out...
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    Apr 9, 2015

    April 3, 1860 Pony Express debuts On this

    day in 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. Ten days later, on April 13, the westbound rider and mail packet completed the approximately 1,800-mile journey and arrived...
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    1 Response Apr 3, 2015

    March 5, 1981 On this day in 1981 the

    legendary anchor of CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite, signed off for the last time. Cronkite had been presenting the news for nineteen years and became known as 'the most trusted man in America'.
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    6th October 1973 Israel is taken by surprise

    when Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan attack on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, beginning the Yom Kippur War. 6th October 1981 Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat is assassinated in Cairo by Islamic fundamentalists. He is succeeded by Vice President Hosni Mubarak.
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    Oct 6, 2015

    September 21, 1956 - At Fenway Park,

    the Yankees strand 20 runners on base, losing to the Red Sox, 13-7. The number of players left on base sets a big league record for a nine-inning game. 2001 - A crowd 41,235 at Shea Stadium witnesses the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since the...
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    Sep 21, 2015

    October 11, 1975 - As the first host of

    Saturday Night Live, George Carlin compares baseball to football in the opening monologue of the ground-breaking show. The comedian jokes the national pastime a gentler game, portraying the sport as one which is pastoral and played in a park as opposed to football, in which the...
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    Oct 11, 2015

    October 13, 1971 - In the first World Series

    night game ever played, the Pirates defeat the Orioles at Three Rivers Stadium, 4-3. Roberto Clemente's three hits contribute to the Bucs overcoming the Birds' three-run first inning. 2003 - A tearful 72-year-old Don Zimmer apologizes for his part in yesterday's brawl during...
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    Oct 13, 2015

    October 11th 1984 Astronaut Kathryn D.

    Sullivan, part of the crew of Space Shuttle Challenger, becomes the first American woman to walk in space.
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    Oct 11, 2015

    September 28, 2003 - Following an emotional

    closing ceremony, the Braves beat the Phillies 5-2 in the final game at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The two hour festivities at the intersection of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue include the introduction of the All-Vet team and a eulogy given by Hall of Fame broadcaster...
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    Sep 28, 2015

    September 22, 1987 - Future Hall of Famer

    Wade Boggs collects his 200th hit for the fifth straight season. The Red Sox third baseman will reached the 200-hit mark for two more consecutive seasons before the streak ends in 1990. 2011 - Thanks to Shane Victorino's million-dollar pledge, the renovated 105 year-old...
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    Sep 22, 2015

    October 13th 2010 After being underground

    for a record 69 days, all 33 miners trapped in a Copiapo, Chile, mine are rescued.
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    Oct 13, 2015

    November 7, 1991 On this day in 1991,

    basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson stuns the world by announcing his sudden retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers, after testing positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. At the time, many Americans viewed AIDS as a gay white man's disease. Johnson (1959- ), who is...
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    Nov 7, 2014

    September 24, 1940 - At Shibe Park,

    Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx blasts his 500th career home run off A's pitcher George Caster. The historic homer is one of four round trippers hit in the inning, setting an American League mark. 2009 - When his team beats Kansas City, 10-3, Red Sox skipper Terry Francona...
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    Sep 24, 2015

    June 7, 1938 - In a game against the Red Sox,

    Indians' pitcher Johnny Allen storms off the mound and doesn't return when he is ordered by ump Bill McGowan to cut off his distracting dangling sweatshirt sleeve. The shirt ends up in the Hall of Fame but the Lenoir, North Carolina native doesn't. 1982 - Steve Garvey...
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    Jun 7, 2015

    December 17, 1903 On this day in 1903,

    near Kitty Hawk,North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its...
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    Dec 17, 2014

    8th October 1982 The musical Cats begins a run

    of nearly 18 years on Broadway
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    Oct 8, 2015

    September 20, 1919 - On Babe Ruth Day in

    Boston, the Bambino scores the winning run in both ends of the doubleheader. Ironically, it will be the last game he plays for the Red Sox in Fenway. 2010 - A teen-age fan, wearing a red spandex suit with a red mask, is subdued by Matt Diaz after the intruder runs onto the...
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    Sep 20, 2015

    Born today October 7th Heinrich Himmler in

    1900 Desmond Tutu, South African religious leader in 1931 Vladimir Putin in 1952
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    Oct 7, 2015

    June 4, 1952 - The Red Sox deal Johnny Pesky,

    Walt Dropo, Fred Hatfield, Don Lenhardt and Bill Wight to the Tigers in exchange for Hoot Evers, George Kell, Johnny Lipon and Dizzy Trout. Pesky will return to Boston to serve as a coach, manager, announcer and assistant general manager and will have his uniform number 6...
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    Jun 3, 2015

    June 4, 1964 - At Connie Mack Stadium,

    Sandy Koufax throws his third no-hitter in three years, blanking the Phillies 3-0. The Dodgers' southpaw, who will add a perfect game to his resume next season, joins Bob Feller as the only other modern major leaguer to pitch three career hitless games. 1974 - On ten-cent beer...
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    Jun 4, 2015

    October 1, 1964 - The smallest reported crowd

    ever to attend a game at Fenway Park watches the Red Sox, en route to their sixth consecutive losing season, beat Cleveland, 4-2, to snap a six-game slide. The crowd of 306 paid patrons is less than half of the previous low at the Boston ballpark when only 674 fans showed up for...
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    Oct 1, 2015

    April 11, 1970 Apollo 13 launched to moon On

    April 11, 1970, Apollo 13, the third lunar landing mission, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise. The spacecraft's destination was the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon, where the astronauts...
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    Apr 11, 2015

    October 2, 1983 - Carl Yastrzemski plays in

    his 3,308th and final game, hitting a single as the team's left fielder. After the Red Sox's 3-1 victory over Cleveland, 'Yaz' takes one more "final lap" around Fenway Park and will stay to sign autographs on Yawkey Way for over an hour. 2010 - The Red Sox honored infielder...
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    September 23, 1969 - In an 8-3 win over the

    Yankees at Fenway Park, Red Sox first baseman Carl Yastrzemski hits his 200th career home. Yaz, who will hit 452 homers during his 23-year tenure in the major leagues, blasts a third-inning pitch off starter Mel Stottlemyre to reach the milestone, and then adds #201 in the...
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    October 9, 1915 - Woodrow Wilson becomes the

    first president to to watch a World Series game when he attends Game 2 of the Fall Classic played at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Red Sox hurler Rube Foster limits the Phillies to just three hits en route to a 2-1 victory to even the series at one game apiece. 1989...
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    Oct 9, 2015

    15th October 1945 Vichy French Premier Pierre

    Laval is executed by a firing squad for his wartime collaboration with the Germans.
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    Oct 15, 2015

    Sept 20th 1973 In a pro tennis bout dubbed "The

    Battle of the Sexes," Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs at the Houston Astrodome in Texas.
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    June 12, 1839 - Due to an erroneous

    eye-witness account, Abner Doubleday is given credit for establishing the first baseball game is played in America. The Hall of Fame, which opens a century later in Cooperstown, celebrates the origin of our national pastime in this small upstate New York town although it is...
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    Jun 13, 2015

    October 6, 1946 - During Game 1 of the World

    Series, Whitey Kurowski is awarded home plate on a controversial obstruction call after he gets tangled up with Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. The Red Sox rally in the ninth to tie the score, and Rudy York's home run in...
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    Oct 6, 2015

    September 13, 1946 - Taking advantage of the

    shallow position the left fielder is playing due to the Boudreau shift, Ted Williams hits his lone career inside-the-park home run, which proves to be the difference in the Red Sox' 1-0 victory over the Indians. The win clinches Boston's first American League pennant since 1918...
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    Sep 13, 2015

    October 12th 1964 1964 USSR launches Voskhod I,

    first spacecraft with multi-person crew; it is also the first mission in which the crew did not wear space suits.
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    Oct 12, 2015

    July 9, 1947 On this day in 1947: In a

    ceremony held at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, General Dwight D. Eisenhower appoints Florence Blanchfield to be a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, making her the first woman in U.S. history to hold permanent military rank. A member of the Army Nurse Corps since 1917...
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    Jul 9, 2014

    April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson breaks color

    barrier On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for...
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    Apr 15, 2015

    September 29, 1969 - Going deep off

    Senator hurler Jim Shellenback, Rico Petrocelli becomes the first shortstop in American League history to hit 40 home runs in a season. The Red Sox infielder's record will stand until 1998, when Alex Rodriguez blasts 42 bombs with the Mariners. 2004 - Major League baseball...
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    October 12, 1997 To those

    who bought records like "Rocky Mountain High" and "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by the millions in the 1970s, John Denver was much more than just a great songwriter and performer. With his oversized glasses, bowl haircut and down vest, he was an unlikely fashion icon, and with...
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    September 26, 1998 - In a 5-2 loss to the

    Orioles at Fenway, Red Sox reliever Dennis Eckersley pitches in his 1,071st game, breaking Hoyt Wilhelm's major league mark for the most career pitching appearances. 2013 - Commissioner Bud Selig announces his intention to retire upon the completion of his contract, scheduled...
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    Sep 26, 2015

    October 8, 1956 - Don Larsen pitches the only

    perfect game in World Series history, defeating the Dodgers, 2-0 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic at Yankee Stadium. 1995 - Thanks to a two-run double off Jack McDowell by Edgar Martinez, the Mariners become only the fourth team in major league history to overcome a two-game...
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    Oct 8, 2015

    November 4, 2001 On November 4,

    2001, just two outs away from their fourth championship in a row, the New York Yankees lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh game of a hard-fought World Series. "You saw the light at the end of the tunnel," Yankee reliever Mike Stanton lamented after the game, "and it...
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    Nov 4, 2014

    May 28, 1968 - The American League votes to

    divide itself into two divisions and plans to reduce its schedule to 156 games. The Junior Circuit, however, will reconsider and will continue to play a schedule of 162 contests. 2005 - In the eighth inning of the Red Sox's 17-1 rout over the Yankees in New York, the largest...
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    May 28, 2015

    September 30, 1972 - Pirates outfielder

    Roberto Clemente doubles off Met Jon Matlack to become the 11th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. The two-bagger, sadly, will be his last hit as he will die in a plane crash on New Year's Eve. 2005 - Delta Air Lines names one of its Boeing 757s 'Big Papi' in honor of the Red...
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    Sep 30, 2015

    March 21, 1965 In the name of African-American

    voting rights, 3,200 civil rights demonstrators, led by Martin Luther King Jr., begin a historic march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol at Montgomery. Federalized Alabama National Guardsmen and FBI agents were on hand to provide safe passage for themarch, which twice...
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    September 25, 1954 - A crowd of 14,

    175 Fenway faithful fans pays tribute to retiring Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams who is playing his last game at home. The Splendid Splinter's retirement will last only until May when his divorce is finalized with his contract being excluded from the settlement. 2003 - Carlos...
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    Sep 25, 2015

    October 12, 1916 - In Game 5 of the World

    Series, Red Sox right-hander Ernie Shore three-hits the Robins at Braves Field, 4-1. With the victory, Boston (AL) captures its fourth World Championship in the 13-year history of the Fall Classic. 2003 - Thirty-five years after creating a controversy with his rendition of the...
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    Oct 12, 2015

    December 4, 1996 In 1996,

    the Mars Pathfinder lifted off from Cape Canaveral and began speeding toward the red planet on a 310 million-mile odyssey. (It arrived on Mars in July 1997.)
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    Dec 4, 2014

    May 27, 1941 - Play is halted in the seventh

    inning of Braves-Giants game at the Polo Grounds so the crowd of 17,009 and players can listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's radio address over the stadium's P.A. system. After FDR announces the Proclamation of an Unlimited National Emergency, the tied 1-1 contest is...
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    May 27, 2015

    October 9, 1920 - Indians' Bill Wambsganss

    becomes the only player in World Series history to complete an unassisted triple play as he makes a leaping catch, steps on second base and then tags the runner arriving from first base. 1999 - Scoring more than 19 teams, the Red Sox establish a major league record for most...
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    Oct 10, 2015

    April 21, 1980 Rosie Ruiz fakes Boston

    Marathon win Rosie Ruiz, age 26, finishes first in the women's division of the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:31:56 on April 21, 1980. She was rewarded with a medal, a laurel wreath and a silver bowl; however, eight days later Ruiz is ******** of her victory after race...
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    Apr 21, 2015

    November 12, 1954 On this day in 1954,

    Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, an estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor off the New Jersey coast and named...
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    Nov 12, 2014

    December 1, 1990 Shortly

    after 11 a.m. on December 1, 1990, 132 feet below the English Channel, workers drill an opening the size of a car through a wall of rock. This was no ordinary hole--it connected the two ends of an underwater tunnel linking Great Britain with the European mainland for the first...
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    Dec 1, 2014

    February 3, 1959 On this day in 1959,

    rising American rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed when their chartered Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashes in Iowa a few minutes after takeoff from Mason City on a flight headed for Moorehead,Minnesota. Investigators blamed the...
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    On October 7th 1949 East Germany,

    the German Democratic Republic, is formed.
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    Oct 7, 2015

    May 18, 1642 - Montreal,

    Canada, founded 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France 1897 - Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published. 1934 - TWA began commercial service 1980 - Mount St Helens blows its top in Washington State, 60 die
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    May 18, 2014

    October 14th , 1944 German Field Marshal

    Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler’s staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds.
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    February 25, 1938 American drive-in movie

    theaters experienced their golden era during the 1950s, but some Floridians were watching movies under the stars in their cars even before then: The city of Miami gets its first drive-in on this day in 1938. The Miami drive-in charged admission of 35 cents per person, which was...
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    April 7, 1969 Ted Williams managerial debut

    On April 7, 1969 at Washington's RFK Stadium, Ted Williams makes his managerial debut in front of President Nixon and a crowd of 45,113, a city record for an opener. The Commander-in-Chief throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Yankees' 8-4 defeat of the 'Splendid...
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    Apr 7, 2015

    April 20, 1999 Remembering Columbine On

    this day in 1999, two teenage gunmen kill 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, south of Denver. At approximately 11:19 a.m., Dylan Klebold, 18, and Eric Harris, 17, dressed in trench coats, began shooting students outside the school...
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    Apr 20, 2015

    January 23, 1937 On this day in 1937,

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt excuses himself from attending the annual dinner of the baseball Writer's Association and instead sends a letter to be read in his absence. In the letter, addressed to James Dawson of The New York Times, F.D.R. praised the skills and...
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    Jan 23, 2015

    October 20th 1973 President Richard Nixon

    rejects an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate tapes.
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