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Today in History – JFK, Jr. killed in plane crash


1439 Kissing is banned in England (to stop germs from spreading)
1909 Det & Wash play longest scoreless game in AL history-18 innings
1926 – National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos
1945 1st test detonation of an atomic bomb, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico
1980 – Ronald Reagan nominated for US President by Republicans in Detroit
1999 John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette are killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

(John F. Kennedy, Jr. & sister Caroline – Getty Images)


1907 Barbara Stanwyck, actress
1911 Ginger Rogers, [Virginia McMath], Independ Mo, dancer
1967 – Will Ferrell, American comedian
1968 – Barry Sanders, NFL running back (Detroit Lions, 1988 Heisman Trophy)
1988 “Back To The Future” actor Michael J. Fox (27) weds “Family Ties” actress Tracy Pollan (28) at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont
1994 Anna Nicole Smith (26) weds ½ billionaire J Howard Marshall II (89)
2005 Academy award winning actress Sandra Bullock (40) weds “Monster Garage” host Jesse James (36) at sunset on the grounds of The Folded Hills Ranch in Gaviota, California


1882 Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady of the United States (b. 1818)
2012 – Kitty Wells, American country singer, dies from complications after a stroke at 92

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