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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. Nine Russian Hikers Found Dead (February 26, 1959)
Nine experienced Russian hikers found dead in the Urals...with some unnatural injuries.
2. The Wizard of Oz
Read some facts you may have not known about one of America's most loved movies, The Wizard of Oz.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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. Jackie Kennedy Marries Aristotle Onassis
When Jacqueline Kennedy announced her engagement to Aristotle Onassis the world was stunned. After earning love and respect as the First Lady to President John F. Kennedy it was hard to believe she would marry a man 23 years older than her who had a lackluster reputation. Why did she do it?
7. Angel of the Battlefield
It was this day in history, May 21, 1881 that Clara Barton founded the American National Red Cross a few years after she helped Union and Confederate soldiers receive needed medical attention during the Civil War.
8. 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.
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. 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.
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