TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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1896

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Fer­gu­son, en­dorsed “sep­a­rate but equal” racial seg­re­ga­tion, a con­cept re­nounced 58years later by Brown v. Board of Ed­u­ca­tion of Topeka.

1926

Evan­ge­list Aimee Sem­ple McPher­son vanished while vis­it­ing a beach in Venice, Cal­i­for­nia.

1953

Jacqueline Cochran, 47, be­came the first wo­man to break the sound bar­rier as she pi­loted a Canadair F-86 Sabre jet over Rogers Dry Lake, Cal­i­for­nia.

1980

The Mount St. He­lens vol­cano in Washington state ex­ploded, leav­ing 57peo­ple dead or miss­ing.

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