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Today in History: American Beauty tops Academy Awards

On this day in 2000, Billy Crystal hosts the 72nd annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. An Oscar crisis had been narrowly averted a week earlier, when Willie a man who made his living recovering and selling discarded objects, found 10 packing crates filled with 52 gold-plated Oscar sculptures. ...

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Today in History: George Benson was Born

On this day in 1943, George Benson, Grammy award winning singer was born. He began his professional career at twenty-one, as a jazz guitarist, however Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others. He then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. ...

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Today in History: James B. Parsons Becomes the First African American Chief Judge of a Federal Court

On this day in 1961, James B. Parsons, becomes the first African American chief judge of a federal court, the U.S. District Court of Chicago. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Parsons received a B.A. from Millikin University in 1934. He was in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II from 1942 to 1945, and received an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1946, followed by a J.D. from the Universit ...

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Today in History: Journalist Ralph Waldo Tyler was born

On this day in 1860 The Birthday of Ralph Waldo Tyler, journalist, Auditor-General of the Navy and World War I foreign correspondent was born. The oldest of 12 children, Tyler is believed to have been born in Ohio. He attended elementary and high schools in Columbus, Ohio, studied a year in Baldwin, Missouri, and began teaching school at age 19. Tyler taught himself shorthand while working as a janitor at t ...

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Today in History: Quincy Jones was Born

Quincy Jones, Music Impresario, Born March 14, 1933 in Chicago’s South Side. He first fell in love with music when he was in elementary school. He settled on the trumpet after trying nearly all the instruments in his school band. At the age of 18 he won a scholarship to Berkley College of Music in Boston. In his prosperous career he wrote charts for musicians such as Ray Charles and Duke Ellington, composed ...

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