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The U.S. Navy be­gan ac­cept­ing black women into WAVES (Women Ac­cepted for Vol­un­teer Emer­gency Ser­vice).

The Ray Brad­bury novel “Fahren­heit 451,” set in a dystopian fu­ture where books are banned and burned by the govern­ment, was first pub­lished by Bal­lan­tine Books.

Re­tired Gen. Colin Pow­ell, a Repub­li­can who was Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush’s first sec­re­tary of state, broke with the party and en­dorsed Demo­crat Barack Obama for pres­i­dent, call­ing him a “trans­for­ma­tional fig­ure” dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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