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Hydrogen Bomb Blast in Bikini Atoll

"Castle Bravo" was the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the United States, with a yield of 15 Megatons. That yield, far exceeding the expected yield of 4 to 6 megatons, combined with other factors, led to the most significant accidental radiological contamination ever caused by the United States. It was detonated on the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on March 1, 1954....

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Saving United Flight 811

On Feb. 24, 1989, United Airlines Flight 811 was flying above the Pacific Ocean when part of the right-side fuselage was ripped off, ejecting nine people from the aircraft and causing explosive decompression. The flight later landed safely at Honolulu...

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Team USA's Miracle on Ice

The United States' ice hockey team, composed of college players, defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union squad in a medal-round game of the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Americans would win the gold medal two days later against...

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John Glenn Orbits Planet Earth

U.S. astronaut John Glenn was aboard Mercury's Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, 10 months after Soviet Union's Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Glenn made three orbits before safely splashing down....

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Dale Earnhardt Finally Wins at Daytona

In his 20th attempt, legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500 on Feb. 15, 1998, setting off a wild celebration. Tragically, he would be killed on the same track on the final lap three years later....

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Deep Blue Triumphs Over Grandmaster

IBM's computer Deep Blue defeated Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game match in 1997....

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The Birth of a Nation (Full Movie)

D.W. Griffith's landmark film 'The Birth of a Nation' premiered in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 1915....

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Alan Shepard Golfs on the Moon

U.S. astronaut Alan Shepard struck a golf ball with a makeshift 6-iron on the moon on Feb. 6, 1971, after landing during the Apollo 14 mission....

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