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1912: Pilot Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
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1917: Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia after years of exile to lead the radical socialist Bolshevik party to power during the October Revolution.
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1962: Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite becomes anchor of the CBS Evening News.
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1999: The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, announces his retirement from professional hockey.
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Born On This Day
Kingsley Amis, novelist (1922)

Anatole France, novelist (1844)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball player (1947)

Sir Peter Ustinov, actor, director, producer, and writer (1921)

Wilbur Wright, aeronautical engineer and pilot (1867)
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Who am I? I was born on this day in 1889. In many of my films I play a character called the Little Tramp, with my trademark mustache, bowler, and cane.
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Aries is symbolized by the ram and ruled by the planet Mars. Arians are thought to be headstrong, assertive, and athletic. They are drawn to risk, are good at motivating others, and are natural leaders. Learn more about Aries.


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