Events (150 years ago today): 1866 - Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.

Events (50 years ago today): 1966 - Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.

Births (100 years ago today): 1916 - John D. MacDonald, American colonel and author (d. 1986)

Births (50 years ago today): 1966 - Mo-Do, Italian singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1966 - Tony Lema, American golfer (b. 1934)

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