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This Day in History for June 16 – IBM Founded and More

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

1858 – Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declares “a house divided against itself cannot stand” (More info)

1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated (More info)

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Butch and Sundance: The Real Story

Want to know the truth about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?  Two of the more famous outlaws of the old west?  This coming Monday in Nacogdoches, an amateur historian who knows a lot about those people and those times will share everything she knows in a presentation at the Nacogdoches Public Library.

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Getty Images - Booth Assassinates Lincoln
Getty Images - Booth Assassinates Lincoln
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Gettysburg Gift Shop Pulls Lincoln Assassin Bobbleheads

It's true.  You can no longer buy a John Wilkes Booth bobble-head doll at the Gettysburg National Military visitor center bookstore.  But that's not the real story here.

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Who Knew? Nixon Had a Sensitive Romantic Side

Richard Nixon's love letters to Patricia Ryan -- who he later married -- showed he was a hopelessly romantic young man. Written in 1938, the letters reveal Nixon -- a man known for hardball, down and dirty politics -- had an idealistic and even poetic side.

The letters show that long before Nixon became the most powerful man in the world -- only to be forced to resign in disgrace -- he was just another ordinary young guy head over heels in love.

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US Navy Photo -- USS Houston - 1930-1942
US Navy Photo -- USS Houston - 1930-1942
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Survivors Mark Anniversary of USS Houston Sinking

Today, March 1st, is the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the Navy cruiser USS Houston off the coast of Java during World War II.

Some of the handful of survivors are in Houston this week to remember their comrades who didn't make it, and tell the remarkable story of what happened to them as prisoners of war.

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This Day in History for January 31 – Truman Announces H-Bomb Plans and More

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

1606 – Guy Fawkes, a chief conspirator in a plot to blow up the British Parliament building, jumps to his death moments before his execution for treason (More info)

1747 – The first venereal disease clinic opens at London Lock Hospital (More info)

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Giving a day of commemoration to one of the world's most instrumental civil rights leaders whose peaceful words and deeds contributed to a whole new understanding of equality and brotherhood seems like a no-brainer. Martin Luther King Day's history, however, was fraught with controversy and took years just to get on the federal government's official calendars.

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Lucas: H’wood Wouldn’t Back All-Black War Movie

Star Wars creator George Lucas says Hollywood studios refused to back his new film Red Tails - about World War II's Tuskegee Airmen - because the cast was all black.

Lucas made this remarkable and revealing statement to a stunned Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's Daily Show Monday night.

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