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    1917: Captain Indus R. McLendon and Sgt. Alex Arch stand by the gun of the 6th Field Artillery, which fired the first shot at 7 a.m. near the village of Bathlemont, Lorraine, France, during the Great War.

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    This is the scene around the U.S. Marine base near Beirut airport on Oct. 23, 1983 following a massive bomb blast that destroyed the base and caused a huge death toll rising to 239. The number of dead included 218 Marines, 18 Navy men and 3 Army personnel. (AP Photo/Mark Foley)

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    1940: London cabbies pulled to the curb and scrambled to shelters when the air raid warnings sounded. When they returned they found they had been bombed out of business by German raiders.

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    1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt with Democratic chairman Jack Kelly and Senator Joe Guffey in Camden, New Jersey.

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    1965: Fred Astaire and sister, Adele, dance together at the Philharmonic Ball in Rochester, N.Y.

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    2001: Apple's new digital music player, iPod, is displayed after its introduction by Apple Computer Inc. chief executive officer Steve Jobs during a news conference in Cupertino, Calif. Macintosh owners can download 1,000 compact disc quality songs onto the iPod's five gigabyte hard drive in less than 10 minutes. The MP3 player works only on Macintoshes running Apple's proprietary operating systems and iTunes 2, the company's latest music software.

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    1966: Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY) recieves a gift bouquet the hard way at Santa Clara County fairgrounds in California. Calif. Governor Edmond G. Pat Brown looks on concernedly.

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    1970: Aristotle Onassis and his wife Jacqueline are seen during a visit to the Isle of Capri.

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    1972: South Vietnamese soldiers watch as a rifle shell explodes, sending sheets of corrugated tin from a village hut into the air. The hut, located in Bing Duong province northeast of Saigon was believed to conceal North Vietnamese snipers who were firing at passing vehicles.

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    1982: Anthropologist Grover Krantz, of Washington State University, shows newsmen a footprint cast taken after a Sasquatch sighting last June in northern Oregon, Vancouver, B.C. Krantz said that the fine detail in the cast indicates conclusive evidence that the mammoth creature exists.

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    1980: Republican party presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, at podium, delivers a campaign speech at a shopping mall in Greenville, South Carolina.

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    The main cable of the George Washington Bridge is being layed as construction of the suspension bridge connecting New York and New Jersey continues on Oct. 23, 1929. (AP Photo)

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