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Here are the top ten articles for the Today in History Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. University of Texas Massacre
It was this day in history; August 1, 1966 when ex arine and former Eagle Scout Charles Whitman climbed up to the observation deck of a tower at the University of Texas and began shooting people down below him.
2. Nine Russian Hikers Found Dead (February 26, 1959)
Nine experienced Russian hikers found dead in the Urals...with some unnatural injuries.
3. Remembering Lucille Ball
It was this day in history that Lucille Ball was born in 1911. Lucy is most famous for her 1950's television sitcom, I Love Lucy.
4. August Heatwave of 2003
August 2003 saw a heatwave that killed thousands of people in Southern Europe and a power outage on the eastern seaboard that affected states from New Jersey to Michigan and parts of Canada.
5. First Test Tube Baby Born
The very first test tube baby was born on this day in history, July 25, 1978. Louise Joy Brown had been the first successful birth conceived by in vitro fertilization.
6. Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith died from a heart attack at the age of 86 but left a movie and television legacy that will live on for generations to come.
7. Rose-Mar Killings (November 13, 1966)
Robert Benjamin Smith just wanted to make a name for himself. Following in the footsteps of his new "heroes," he did just that on November 13, 1966 when he shot and killed five women--including a 3 year old child--at the Rose-Mar College of Beauty in Mesa, AZ.
8. Death of Mary Jo Kopechne
It was this day in history, July 18, 1969 that Mary Jo Kopechne was killed in a car accident that was driven by Edward Kennedy. The death became a national scandal and ruined Kennedy's chances to run for pesident.
9. Alley Oop Hits Number One
Alley Oop, a song based on a comic strip about a time traveling caveman, hits number one on the Billboard music charts in 1960. It was the first novelty song to do so that year.
10. A Woman Named Girly (September 10, 1999)
Reptilian aliens. A con-man. An innocent girl. What sounds like would be an amazing science fiction story turns out to be a true case of murder. Girly Chew Hossencoft, aged 36, disappeared on September 10, 1999. Her body was never found.
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