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Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn

Hollywood star. Fashion icon. Humanitarian. Learn about the many roles of this legendary performer.

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Kent State shooting

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1970

Some say the Kent State shooting also contributed to the polarization of America. What happened that day?

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Ken Livingstone
2000: British politician Ken Livingstone was elected mayor of London, the first time that British voters had directly elected a candidate to an executive office at any level of government. [Take a video tour of London.]
José María Aznar
1996: José María Aznar of the conservative Popular Party became prime minister of Spain; during his term, which lasted until 2004, he oversaw an improving economy while facing growing terrorism by ETA and Islamic extremists. [Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about famous Europeans.]
Freedom Rides Museum
1961: The first Freedom Ride—a political protest against the segregation of interstate bus travel in the South—began as a group of white and Black Americans departed Washington, D.C., on buses bound for New Orleans. [Read a timeline of the American civil rights movement.]
Ella Fitzgerald
1959: The first Grammy Awards were presented, and the winners included Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Kingston Trio. [How much do you know about the Grammy Awards?]

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Audrey Hepburn

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president of Egypt

1958

Keith Haring

American artist

1989

Rory McIlroy

Northern Irish golfer

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