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Trivia Times June 29, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:46 am

The Big Story today is the Space Shuttle docking with Russians

On this day in 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir to form the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.

This historic moment of cooperation between former rival space programs was also the 100th human space mission in American history. NASA Chief,  Daniel Goldin  called it the beginning of "a new era of friendship and cooperation" between the U.S. and Russia. With millions of viewers watching on TV,  Atlantis blasted off from  Kennedy Space Center on June 27, 1995.

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Trivia Times June 28, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, June 28, 2014 12:22 am

The Big Story today is GM's Corvette

On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the very first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made in 1953.

The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors' designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developing plans for a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe's MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris.

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Trivia Times June 22, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:56 am

The Big Story today is the ratification of the Constitution
New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land.
By 1786, defects in the post-Revolutionary War Articles of Confederation were apparent, such as the lack of central authority over foreign and domestic commerce. Congress endorsed a plan to draft a new constitution, and on May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

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Trivia Times June 8, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, June 08, 2014 12:00 am

The Big Story for June 8 is the burial of Robert Kennedy
Three days after being shot by assassin Sirhan Sirhan after making a victory speech in California  Senator Robert F. Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, just 30 yards from the grave of his assassinated older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

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Trivia Times June 1, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, June 01, 2014 12:00 am

The Big Story today is the launch of CNN
On this day in 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world's first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. CNN went on to change the notion that news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day. At the time of CNN's launch, TV news was dominated by ABC, CBS and NBC--and their nightly 30-minute broadcasts. CNN changed the way news is reported. 

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Trivia Times May 31, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:15 am

The Big Story for today is the Johnstown flood
Not far from Pittsburgh In a river valley in central Pennsylvania, heavy rain and a neglected dam lead to a catastrophe in which 2,209 people die and the prosperous city of  Johnstown, is nearly wiped off the map.

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Trivia Times May 25, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Sunday, May 25, 2014 05:00 am

The Big Story today is Star Wars
On this day in 1977, Memorial Day weekend opens with an intergalactic bang as the first of George Lucas' blockbuster Star Wars movies hits American theaters.
The incredible success of Star Wars--it received seven Oscars, and earned $461 million in U.S. ticket sales and a gross of close to $800 million worldwide--began with an extensive, coordinated marketing push by Lucas and 20th Century Fox, months before the movie's release date. "It wasn't like a movie opening," actress Carrie Fisher, who played rebel leader Princess Leia, later told Time magazine. "It was like an earthquake."

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Trivia Times, May 23, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, May 24, 2014 05:08 am

The big story today is Bonnie and Clyde
On this day in 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana.
Bonnie Parker met the charismatic Clyde Barrow in Texas when she was 19 years old and her husband (she married when she was 16) was serving time in jail for murder. Shortly after they met, Barrow was imprisoned for robbery.

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Trivia Times May 17, 2014 edition

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Written by Suzanne Marino Saturday, May 17, 2014 05:00 am

The big Story today is Brown v Board of Education
In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.

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