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Sally Ride

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Sally Ride

American astronaut

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Martin Luther

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Martin Luther declared a heretic by the Edict of Worms

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Martin Luther declared a heretic by the Edict of Worms

 
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Martin Dies, Jr.
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Miles Davis
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