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    1940: Following a large air raid by German bombers, local people, coming out of their air raid shelters found a bus standing on end in a large crater in London during the Blitz.

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    1951: Enlistees of the Women's Air Force can do this after about six weeks of their eight weeks of basic training at the Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The men who are airmen admit the women can do just as well as they. At Lackland 1,000 enlisted WAFs are taking the basic, and 46 ladies are enrolled in the first Officers Training School of the Women?s Air Force.

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    1969: A sea of demonstrators, most of them on the staffs of senators and representatives, crowd the steps of the U.S. Capitol in a moratorium rally without speeches or signs in Washington.

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    1963: New York Mirror employees gather in the editorial offices of the paper to hear union representative Bill South, on table, read an announcement that the daily would cease publication. The Mirror employed about 1,600 people.

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    1931: By pressing a button in Rome, Senator Guglielmo Marconi illuminated the giant statue of Christ the King surmounting the summit of Corcovado, the mountain overlooking the Bay of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Earlier in the day, the statue was solemnly dedicated in the presence of over 50 bishops and celebrities in South America.

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    1979: American physical fitness buff and showman Jack LaLanne marks his 65th birthday by towing 65 boats a mile on Japan's Lake Ashinoko. A spokesman for the bizarre birthday celebration said LaLanne was shackled as he pulled the boats, which contained 6,500 pounds of wood pulp. A forest products firm sponsored stunt, latest in a series of oddball birthdays for the strongman.

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    1928: Commander Richard E. Byrd, fourth from right, poses for group portrait with the party that will accompany him on an expedition to Antarctica. The expedition will sail for New Zealand, where it will meet three other vessels carrying the rest of the Byrd Expedition and additional supplies. Back row, left to right are: Lt. Ralph Shropshire; Jeremiah De Cocca; Russell Owen, newspaperman; Capt. Alton Parker; E.J. Domas; Richard Brophy, business manager; Commander Byrd; William Vanderveer, photographer; Brent Balchen and Harold June. Front row, left to right are: Charles Lofgron, personnel officer; Martin Ronne; Sgt. Benjamin Rother and K.F. Bubier.

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    1967: Cuban Premier Fidel Castro is shown during a radio and television broadcast in Havana. Castro said the revolutionary movement in Latin America will go on despite the 'hard blow' of the death of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in Bolivia.

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    1973: Mrs. Everett Heal addresses the 99th state convention of the Women's Christian Temperance Union at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, N.J. WCTU members foreswear all forms of liquor, including hard cider.

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    1931: Actor Clark Gable waves to the crowd.

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    1950: Famous author and playwright George Bernard Shaw, eleven days after his return from hospital, when he was taken for an outing in the grounds of his Ayot St. Lawrence home.

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    1954: High tides, whipped in by Hurricane Hazel, shatter boats and buildings in Swansboro, North Carolina as the storm lashes the Atlantic seaboard.

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    1987: David Lilly, left, an official from the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Carlsbad, N.M. tells a group of rescuers what is needed in the rescue efforts for 18-month-old Jessica McClure, who is trapped about 22 feet down an abandoned water well in Midland.

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    1980: Young lady models a helmet for listening to stereo sound. But it’s mainly a publicity ploy, and the wires, coils and other impressive paraphernalia are just in fun. It was part of the display at the Japan Electronics Show in Tokyo, Japan.

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    1967: A U.S. Marine with "In God We Trust" printed on his helmet, waits in a bunker at Con Thien, two miles south of the demilitarized zone.

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