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This Day in History for January 1 — Emancipation Proclamation Signed, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863: President Abraham Lincoln signs the final Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery in the rebelling states (more info)

1934: Alcatraz Island becomes a United States federal prison (more info)

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This Day in History for December 5 — End of Prohibition, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1848: In a message before Congress, President James K. Polk sparks the Gold Rush when he confirms that large amounts of the precious metal had been discovered in California (more info)

1933: The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, bringing an end to the prohibition of alcohol in America (more info)

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This Day in History for November 8 — JFK Elected, and More

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1793: After more than two centuries as a royal palace, the Louvre is opened as a public museum in Paris by the French revolutionary government (more info)

1895: While experimenting with electricity, German scientist Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray (more info)

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This Day in History for September 7 – ESPN Debuts and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1979 – The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, better known as ESPN, makes its debut (More info)

1813 – The United States federal government gets its nickname, Uncle Sam (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for September 7 – Gloria Gaynor, Chrissie Hynde and More

 

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Gloria Gaynor
Age: 63
Occupation: Singer
Known For: Hits such as ‘Never Can Say Goodbye,’ ‘I Am What I Am,’ and the perennial favorite of drag queens the world over, ‘I Will Survive’

Chrissie Hynde
Age: 61
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Musician
Known For: Her trailblazing work as lead vocalist for the rock group The Pretenders, songs such as ‘Brass in Pocket,’ ‘My City Was Gone,’ and ‘Middle of the Road,’ and having children with Ray Davies of the Kinks and Jim Kerr of Simple Minds

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This Day in History for August 26 – Charles Lindbergh Dies and More

1920 – The 19th amendment to the Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote (More info)

1939 – The first televised Major League Baseball game is broadcast (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 18 – Robert Redford, Denis Leary and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Robert Redford
Age: 76
Occupation: Actor, Director and Environmentalist
Known For: Starring in films such as ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ and ‘All the President’s Men,’ winning an Academy Award for directing ‘Ordinary People,’ and founding the Sundance Film Festival

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 29 – Geddy Lee, Martina McBride and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Geddy Lee
Age: 59
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Musician
Known For: Being the bassist and frontman for the Canadian band Rush, which has had hits such as ‘Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Subdivisions,’ his piercingly high tenor voice, and being included on several lists of the greatest rock vocalists of all time

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This Day in History for July 21 – Battle of Bull Run and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1861 – Confederate forces win at Bull Run in the first major battle of the Civil War (More info)

1865 – In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first western showdown (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 21 – Robin Williams, Josh Hartnett and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Robin Williams
Age: 61
Occupation: Actor and Comedian
Known For: Starring on the sitcom ‘Mork and Mindy,’ his Oscar-winning role in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ nominations for other movies like ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ and ‘Dead Poets Society,’ and his voiceover work in ‘Aladdin’ and the ‘Happy Feet’ franchise

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This Day in History for July 10 – Scopes Trial Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1925 – A high school science teacher named John T. Scopes, accused of teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee law, is prosecuted in what would come to be known as the Scopes Monkey Trial (More info)

1966 – The Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., holds a rally at Soldier Field (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 10 – Sofia Vergara, Jessica Simpson and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Sofia Vergara
Age: 40
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Starring on the TV series ‘Modern Family,’ being the first Latina spokesmodel for CoverGirl Cosmetics, appearing in movies including ‘Madea Goes to Jail,’ ‘New Year’s Eve’ and ‘The Three Stooges,’ and having a body both men and women would die for

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