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Martin Luther King and 10 Other Famous ‘Juniors’

Today people will stop and reflect about the legacy of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. — one of a number of famous people who made marks of their own despite having names that ended with "Junior." Dr. King's father was also a minister who inspired many followers, but obviously his son reached even greater heights. Here's a look back at ten other famous Juniors.

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This Day in History January 22
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This Day in History — China Discovered Feathered Dinosaurs

I'll never forget the feeling I had on January 22, 2003, when I learned that Chinese scientists had found dinosaur fossils with four feathered wings. That feeling was: awesome.

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46 Years Ago: Syd Barrett Plays Last Show With Pink Floyd

The shining star that was Syd Barrett played his last ever gig with Pink Floyd on Jan. 20, 1968. Barrett was the main songwriter, lead singer, guitarist and focal point for the psychedelic pioneers from their formation through the end of 1967, at which time, various issues led to his exit from the band.

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Golden Gate Bridge
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This Day in History for January 5 — Golden Gate Bridge Construction Begins, and More

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

1643: The first legal divorce in the American colonies takes place (more info)

1925: Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming becomes the first female governor in the United States (more info)

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This Day in History for January 3 — Apple Computer Incorporated, and More

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

1870: The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begins (more info)

1938: The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (more info)

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This Day in History for December 31 — Times Square Celebrates, and More

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

1879: Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time (more info)

1907: The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square -- then known as Longacre Square -- in New York City (more info)

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Man Drives Same Rolls-Royce For 78 Years

You can't take it with you. Isn't that the expression people always use when they want your stuff after you drop dead? Mr. Allen Swift knew he couldn't take his 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster with him to the afterlife, but he made sure it was well taken care of after they tossed him into the ground.

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Radio City Music Hall
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This Day in History for December 27 — Radio City Music Hall Opens, and More

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

1831: Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate the theory of evolution (more info)

1900: Prohibitionist Carry Nation smashes up her first saloon, causing several thousand dollars in damage and landing in jail (more info)

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Bing Crosby
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This Day in History for December 25 — ‘White Christmas’ Premieres, and More

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

1066: William the Conqueror is crowned King of England (more info)

1776: George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey (more info)

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This Day in History for December 22 — Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and More

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

1807: At the urging of President Thomas Jefferson, Congress passes the Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries (more info)

1941: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C., for a series of meetings with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on a unified Anglo-American war strategy (more info)

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10 Unusual Historical Events That Happened During Christmas

Everyone knows Christmas Day is all about tearing open presents, spending time with loved ones, gorging on lots of good food and celebrating the holiday spirit in general. Even though most of us have got the holiday thing down by now, some folks out there might not be aware of some of the unusual and history-making events marking Christmas Day and Christmas Eve in the past.

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Plymouth Rock Pilgrims
'Landing of the Pilgrims,' by Michele Felice Cornè, the White House Historical Association
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This Day in History for December 21 — Pilgrims Hit Plymouth Rock, and More

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

1620: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts (more info)

1898: Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium (more info)

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