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On April 21, 1980, Rosie Ruiz won the Boston Marathon by entering the race near the finish line, ahead of all the other female runners. She was stripped of her victory eight days later.
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First images from the ground via Twitter that appear to show aircraft parts believed to be from a Malaysia Airlines jet.
Discover what happened today in history. Read about major past events that happened today including special entries on crime, entertainment, and more.
On this day in 1852, in New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo join with several other investors to launch their namesake business.
Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist Adam Clayton is known for his role in the politically active rock and roll band U2. Learn more at Biography.com.
Musician Adam Clayton was born on March 13, 1960, in Chinnor, England. It was in high school that the bass player first met future U2 bandmates Paul Hewson, Dave Evans and Larry Mullen, Jr. After hiring manager Paul McGuinness, the rock group put out several albums. Though their early records were popular, it wasn’t until 1987’s The Joshua Tree, which many call a masterpiece, that U2 tasted superstardom.
Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes is famous for taking her stand-up to the big and small screens. Learn more at Biography.com.
Born in Virginia in 1964, comedian and actress Wanda Sykes started out doing stand-up on the road. She went on to make numerous appearances on the big and small screens, and won Emmy nominations for her own stand-up special. In 2010, she brought her intelligent, political humor to the White House, becoming the first African-American woman, and first openly gay comedian, to perform at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
On Biography.com, hit the dance floor and learn more about the life and career of actor John Travolta.
John Travolta was born on February 18, 1954, in Englewood, New Jersey. He dropped out of high school by age 16 to pursue acting and soon joined the Broadway cast of Grease. He became a star as Vinnie Barbarino in the TV series Welcome Back Kotter, followed by the hit films Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Travolta made a career comeback in 1994, with Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.
Synopsis Actress Florence Henderson was born on February 14, 1934, in Dale, Indiana. She appeared on Broadway and also starred in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma. Henderson was The Tonight Show's first female guest host. In 1969 she landed the role that made her famous, Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch. The sitcom ran for five years. Beginning in 2008, Henderson hosted The Florence Henderson Show.Actress Florence Henderson played the memorable mother of six, Carol Brady, on The Brady Bunch. Learn more at Biography.com.
Actress Florence Henderson was born on February 14, 1934, in Dale, Indiana. She appeared on Broadway and also starred in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma. Henderson was The Tonight Show's first female guest host. In 1969 she landed the role that made her famous, Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch. The sitcom ran for five years. Beginning in 2008, Henderson hosted The Florence Henderson Show.
Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85.
Black died late Monday at her home in Woodside, Calif., according to publicist Cheryl J. Kagan. No cause was given.http://www.latimes.com/la-me-shirley-temple-black-20140211,0,7475592.story#ixzz2t0x9kEiP
Years later, he would play a therapist counseling Adam Sandler in the black comedy Anger Management (2003), but on February 8, 1994, it was the Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson who let his anger get out of control.
Years later, he would play a therapist counseling Adam Sandler in the black comedyAnger Management (2003), but on February 8, 1994, it was the Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson who let his anger get out of control.
QUICK FACTSNAME: Charles DickensOCCUPATION: AuthorBIRTH DATE: February 07, 1812DEATH DATE: June 09, 1870PLACE OF BIRTH: Portsmouth, England, United KingdomPLACE OF DEATH: Higham, Kent, United KingdomBEST KNOWN FOR Charles Dickens was the well-loved and prolific British author of numerous works that are now considered classics.Explore Victorian England through the work of well-loved author Charles Dickens, at Biography.com.
Charles Dickens was the well-loved and prolific British author of numerous works that are now considered classics.
Remember teacher Christa McAuliffe, the first American civilian selected to go to space, who died in the Challenger space shuttle explosion, on Biography.com.
Christa McAuliffe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 2, 1948. A high school teacher, she became the first American civilian selected to go into space in 1985. After being selected by NASA in 1985, she trained at the Johnson Space Center. On January 28, 1986, McAuliffe boarded the Challenger space shuttle in Orlando, Florida. The shuttle exploded shortly after lift-off, killing everyone on board.
The world of classical music owes much to the prolific output of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Learn more at Biography.com.
Born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musician capable of playing multiple instruments who started playing in public at the age of 6. Over the years, Mozart aligned himself with a variety of European venues and patrons, composing hundreds of works that included sonatas, symphonies, masses, concertos and operas, marked by vivid emotion and sophisticated textures.
A dancing comedian with her own talk show who's also a major LGBT role model? That would be Ellen DeGeneres. Get her story at Biography.com.
Born on January 26, 1958, in Metairie, Louisiana, Ellen DeGeneres became big as a stand-up comedian before starring on her own sitcom, Ellen. In 1997, she came out as gay and has become a staunch advocate of LGBT rights. She has been the host of her own award-winning talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003, and married girlfriend Portia de Rossi in 2004.
On this day in 1979, "The Dukes of Hazzard," a television comedy about two good-old-boy cousins in the rural South and their souped-up 1969 Dodge Charger known as the General Lee, debuts on CBS.
Automotive1979 : "The Dukes of Hazzard" premiereshttp://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-dukes-of-hazzard-premieres
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Stephen King is a New York Times-bestselling novelist who made his name in the horror and fantasy genres. Much of his work has been adapted into films.
Comedian and actor Jerry Lewis went from the Copacabana nightclub to Hollywood through his charismatic comedy routines. Learn more at Biography.com.
Born on March 16, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey, Jerry Lewis, then known as Jerome Levitch, grew up performing in a vaudeville family. He met singer Dean Martin in 1944. They developed a comedy act and performed in nightclubs like the Copacabana. With their popular comedy routine, the duo went from making $250 a week to $5,
The New Republic publishes Robert Frost's poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening." The poem, beginning with the famous line "Whose woods these are, I think I know.
Explore today's famous events, notable birthdays and celebrity deaths with On This Day.
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NAME: Abraham LincolnOCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer,U.S. President, U.S. RepresentativeBIRTH DATE: February 12, 1809DEATH DATE: April 15, 1865DID YOU KNOW?: Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler: He was defeated only once in about 300 matches, and is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.DID YOU KNOW?: Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was saved from getting hit by a train by Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth's brother.PLACE OF BIRTH: Hodgenville, KentuckyPLACE OF DEATH: Washington, D.C.FULL NAME: Abraham LincolnNICKNAME: Honest AbeNICKNAME: The Great EmancipatorBEST KNOWN FOR Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He preserved the Union during the U.S. Civil War and brought about the emancipation of slaves.Journey through the life of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president, on Biography.com. Learn more about his roles in the Civil War and the Great Emancipation.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He preserved the Union during the U.S. Civil War and brought about the emancipation of slaves.
Actress Jennifer Aniston played Rachel on the NBC sitcom Friends for 10 years. Take a look at her life and career, at Biography.com.
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, on February 11, 1969. Her parents were both actors and encouraged her high school interest in drama. She had a few minor roles before landing one on the NBC sitcom Friends as Rachel Green. The hugely popular series made her a star. Since its conclsion in 2004, she has been in several films, including The Break-Up with Vince Vaughn.
In just 18 months, and with three major motion picture performances, James Dean became a cultural icon. Read more about his quick rise to fame and his premature death on Biography.com.
James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana. He starred in the film adaptation of the John Steinbeck novelEast of Eden, for which he received an Oscar nomination. His next starring role, in Rebel Without a Cause, made him into the embodiment of his generation. Shortly after completing work on the film Giant, Dean was killed in a car crash and quickly became an enduring film icon.
Bio.com looks back at Pete Seeger, who has died at the age of 94.
What would music legend Pete Seeger rather have been called than a folk singer? “How about river singer,” he once offered. “I sing up and down the Hudson River.”
The U.S. State Department angrily accuses the Soviet Union of shooting down an American jet that strayed into East German airspace. Three U.S.
Cold War1964 : Soviets shoot down U.S. jet
"I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner." That's the way John Lennon told the story of "Instant Karma," one of his most memorable songs as a solo artist and the third Lennon single to appear before the…...
1970 : John Lennon writes and records "Instant Karma" in a single day
On January 26, 1986, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Chicago Bears score a Super Bowl record number of points to defeat the New England Patriots, 46-10, and win their first championship since 1963.
Sports1986 : Bears beat Patriots in Super Bowl XXhttp://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bears-beat-patriots-in-super-bowl-xx