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Reelection of Vladimir Putin
, the intelligence officer and politician who became president of
in 1999 upon the resignation of
, was overwhelmingly reelected to a second term as president this day in 2004.
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English theoretical physicist
, who was best known for his work on the physics of
and for the book
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
(1988), died at age 76.
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English composer and conductor
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
, whose powerfully innovative music made him one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, died in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.
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In the first courtroom verdict to be televised in the United States,
was found guilty of the murder of
Lee Harvey Oswald
, assassin of U.S. President
John F. Kennedy
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Historian and revolutionary
died in London.
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From Karl Marx's Oekonomische Lehren, by Karl Kautsky, 1887
German American physicist
, one of the most creative intellects in human history, known for his groundbreaking theories of
, was born in Ulm, Germany.
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Celebrated American railroad engineer
was born in southeastern Missouri.
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Georg Philipp Telemann
, who wrote both sacred and secular music but was most admired for his church compositions, was born in Magdeburg, Brandenburg.
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From Britannica Book Of The Year
On the broadcast of the Jack Benny radio show, comedians Fred Allen and Jack Benny begin their make-believe feud in what is billed as the "Battle of the Century."
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