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SPLASHDOWN
The Apollo 17 command module America makes a perfect splashdown in the Pacific south of Pago Pago Tuesday Dec. 19, 1972, at the end of the final lunar mission of the Apollo series. (AP Photo/PL)

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EDITH PIAF
Parisian singer Edith Piaf poses aboard the Queen Elizabeth as she arrives in New York City on Oct. 16, 1947. (AP Photo)

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Marie Prevost 1923
Silent screen actress Marie Prevost is shown, Dec. 19, 1923. (AP Photo)

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MCNALLY LAMBEAU BURKE
Green Bay Packers, from left: captain John McNally of Boston; manager and coach Earl Lambeau; and Paul Burke, the Packers most faithful fan, pose Dec.19,1932 in aboard the SS Mariposa . They were en route from Los Angeles to Honolulu where the pro football team was to play two charity games. Burke accompanies the Packers where ever they go to play. (AP Photo)

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Cuba Rebellion
Firemen put out the blaze in the offices of El Pais, one of Havana's largest newspapers, after a crowd, which had sacked it, had been dispersed, Dec. 19, 1933. Six were killed and 13 wounded in street fighting during and after the attack on the building. (AP Photo)

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FDR And Confederates 1934
Gen. Rice A. Pierce, second from right, a commander of the United Confederate Veterans, and Adjutant Gen. Harry Rene Lee, directly behind Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, present the first pledge made to any president since Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States, Dec. 19, 1933, on behalf of 10,000 survivors of the Confederate Army. Senator Nathan L. Bachman, (D-Tenn.), is shown at extreme right. Others are unidentified. (AP Photo)

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Rise of Nazi Germany
The first detachment of British troops arriving in the Saar to police the district’s plebiscite in January, in which Saar residents will vote whether to go under French, German or league of nations rule. Troops from other nations also will staff the international police force. A railway porter guiding the first British troops through a street of Saarbrucken, Dec. 19, 1934. (AP Photo)

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NYC FIFTH AVENUE
Shoppers crowd the sidewalks along Fifth Avenue at Christmastime in New York City, Dec. 19, 1936. (AP Photo)

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Hauptmann Lindbergh 1936
Bruno Richard Hauptmann, kidnapper of Lindbergh baby, is shown in his cell in Flemington, N.J., Dec. 19, 1936. (AP Photo)

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London Coronation Proclamation
With traditional ceremony similar to that performed during his accession proclamation a week ago, the Coronation of King George VI was proclaimed at St. James's Palace, Charing Cross, Temple Bar and the Royal Exchange. The Lancaster Herald, A.G.B. Russell, reading the Coronation proclamation at Charing Cross, in London, on Dec. 19, 1936. (AP Photo)

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London Coronation Proclamation
The Lancaster Herald, A.G.B. Russell reading the Coronation proclamation, at Charing Cross, in London, on Dec. 19, 1936. (AP Photo)

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U.S. FLOODS 1937 PITTSBURGH
This is a view of Pittsburgh's low-lying north side section flooded with water as the Allegheny River reached its peak at 27.3 feet and started falling, leaving ice cakes in the streets on Dec. 19, 1937. (AP Photo)

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center is under construction, Dec. 19, 1936. The rink is about 50 feet by 100 feet and will be ready for use by Christmas day. Admission will be $1. (AP Photo)

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GRETA GARBO
Actress Greta Garbo, sporting a new hairstyle and hair color, is shown during interview with reporters aboard a ship arriving in Gothenburg, Sweden, Dec. 19, 1937. (AP Photo)

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Subway
With a thousand men seeking jobs, work began on Chicago's $40,000,000 subway, Dec. 19, 1938. General view as a steam shovel, left, was put into place and workers, center, began digging on the project. The first shaft is being sunk in a backyard. (AP Photo)

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GONE WITH THE WIND PREMIERE
A crowd gathers under the "Gone With the Wind" marquee outside the Astor Theater on Broadway during the movie's premiere in New York City on Dec. 19, 1939. The movie also opened at the Capitol Theater a few blocks north. (AP Photo)

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WWII BritainCanadian Troops Arrive
The first contingent of the Canadian active service force has arrived in Great Britain, on Dec. 19, 1939, without any mishap and without the loss of a single man, this army has been convoyed across the Atlantic by the British Navy and is now installed in camp for the completion of training before going to France. (AP Photo)

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Organized Crime Buchalter
Louis “Lepke” Buchalter (in hat) leaves federal court in New York, Dec. 19, 1939 after hearing his attorneys plea to disregard his record as a racketeer in deciding whether he was guilty of violating the federal narcotics laws. The case was expected to go the jury. (AP Photo/Anthony Camerano)

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WWII Asia British Malaya Indian Misc.
A British transport at her dock in Singapore, Malaya on Dec. 19, 1941 ready to disembark a large Indian contingent of reinforcements to swell the Far East Force. (AP Photo)

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WWII Asia British Malaya Indian Misc.
Indian gunners firing bofors AC.AC. anti-aircraft guns proven for their efficiency against low-flying high-speed planes. These guns make up part of the aerial defence of Malaya. Many of them are manned by Indian gunners. A crew is seen here during a practice shoot in Singapore on Dec. 19, 1941. Note tank obstacles. (AP Photo)

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President Franklin Roosevelt war cabinet meeting
President RFranklin Roosevelt and his war cabinet photographed at their meeting in the White House, Washington on Dec. 19, 1941. From Left to right around table are Harry Hopkins, lend-lease administrator; Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor; Col. Philip B. Fleming, Federal World Administration Vice President Henry A. Wallace; Fiorello LaGuardia, Civil Defense Administrator; Paul V. McNutt, Federal Security Administrator Jesse Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Federal Loan Administrator; Secretary of Interior Harold Ickes; Postmaster General Frank C. Walker; Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson; Secretary of State Cordell Hull; President Roosevelt; Secretary of Treasury Henry Morgenthau; Attorney General Francis Biddle; Secretary of Navy Frank Knox, and Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard. (AP Photo)

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WWII France Belleau American Military Cemetery
The American Military Cemetery of Honor in Belleau, France on Dec. 19, 1940, giving an impression of the destruction wrought by French forces. (AP Photo)

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WWII US Aliens 1941
Bags and baggage from the German Embassy are loaded up to be moved to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, pending exchange for U.S. diplomats in Germany, Dec. 19, 1941. Note that a marker designating it as the Switzerland legation already has been placed on the doorway of the German Embassy, since Switzerland is taking over German business in the U.S. for the duration. (AP Photo/Robert Clover)

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WWII North America United States Defense ARP Blackout Devices
When first blackouts were ordered, Seattle Times newsroom was blacked out by painting windows with black paint. Editors found that this was a little hard on the eyes, as the black paint absorbed most of the light. Next step was “de-blacking the blackout" Dec. 19, 1941. Blackened windows were in turn painted white on the inside of the glass thus making the room much cheerier to work in. (AP Photo)

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