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CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1960 – Alabam - Cowboy Copas
1970 – All for the Love of Sunshine - Hank Williams Jr. with The Mike Curb Congregation
1980 - Cowboys and Clowns - Ronnie Milsap
1990 – Next To You, Next To Me - Shenandoah
Gene Autry, Movie Star (1935)
1877 - Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse was fatally bayoneted by a soldier after resisting confinement in a guardhouse at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
1881 – Upper Michigan was the first area to receive disaster relief provided by the American Red Cross. A fire had raged for three days, scorching over a million acres. Nearly 300 people died in the blaze.
1862 - Union troops engaged retreating Confederates at Lovejoy Station, Georgia. After taking the city of Atlanta, the 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 24th, 25th, and 32nd Wisconsin Infantry regiments, along with the 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery, took part in this action. Both sides dug in and prepared for battle. Neither side received orders to take the offensive. After four days, the battle was abandoned and all moved on.
1882 - The first Labor Day holiday parade was held in New York City. It was sponsored by the Central Labor Union. Approximately 10,000 men participated in the parade.
1906 - Bradbury Robinson executed the first legal forward pass in football. Robinson threw the ball to Jack Schneider of St. Louis University in a game against Carroll College.
1935 – Gene Autry emerged as a new star with release of the Hollywood western Tumbling Tumbleweeds, the first of 93 feature films starring Gene. He also made 91 TV episodes and wrote hundreds of songs.
1939 - The US proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.
1958 - The first color-videotaped program was aired. It was The Betty Feezor Show on WBTV-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1960 - Cassius Clay won the gold medal in light heavyweight boxing at the Olympic Games in Rome, Italy.
1970 - Christine McLaughlin was born at exactly 3:30 AM in New Bern, North Carolina. Her daughter, Patricia Ann, was born 21 years later, same date, and same exact minute.
1972 – At the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany, eight terrorists of Black September, a group tied to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah scaled the fence and entered the Israeli team’s living quarters. Two Israeli wrestling team members were killed after attacking the intruders. The terrorists rounded up nine Israeli hostages and demanded the release of 234 Palestinians and safe passage out of Germany. A bus transported the terrorists and their hostages to the NATO air base where snipers were waiting to take out the terrorists. Eighteen hours into the attack, the snipers began to kill the terrorists. It was initially reported that all hostages were safe. However, at 3:24 am, American correspondant, Jim McKay received the official confirmation, his announcement went as follows: “We just got the final word ... you know, when I was a kid, my father used to say ‘Our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized.’ Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They've now said that there were eleven hostages. Two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They're all gone.” In all, eleven athletes and one German police officer were killed. Five of the terrorists were killed and 3 were taken into custody. Golda Meir, the Prime Minister of Israel, issued an order to track down and kill those responsible for the attack. On October 29, members of the Black September group hijacked an airliner in Yugoslavia and demanded the release of the 3 terrorist who were being held for trial. There demand was hastily met by the West German authorities without consulting the Israelis. The hijackers welcomed the surviving perpetrators of the Munich Massacre as heroes. In 1977 Abu Daoud, the planner of the Munich attack, was arrested in France, but West Germany’s extradition request was denied on a technicality, and he was released and flown to freedom in Algeria.
1975 - A Secret Service agent averted Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme’s assassination attempt against President Gerald Ford by seizing her pistol.
1983 - The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour on PBS became the first hour-long network news show.
2003 - The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride derailed at Disneyland in California. The crash killed one man and injured ten other people.
1946 - Loudon Wainwright III (songwriter, singer: Dead Skunk; actor: M*A*S*H)
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1951 – I Want to Play House With You - Eddy Arnold
1961 – Tender Years - George Jones
1971 – Good Lovin' (Makes It Right) - Tammy Wynette
1981 - (There's) No Gettin' Over Me - Ronnie Milsap
1991 – You Know Me Better Than That – George Strait
1620 – After two false starts, the Pilgrims set sail from England aboard the Mayflower.
1819 - Thomas Blanchard patented the lathe. It was invented for the manufacture of gunstocks. His lathe did the work of 13 workmen.
1870 - Louisa Ann Swain voted during state elections in the state of Wyoming. Although women didn’t have the right to vote in the US until 1920, the governor of Wyoming had signed a bill that gave women the right to vote on December 13, 1869. Women could vote in local and state elections, but not national elections.
1901 – President William McKinley was shot on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He was six months into his second term. Anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen. McKinley died on September 14 of gangrene caused by the wounds.
1911 - Seven-year-old Annie Lemberger was kidnapped from her bedroom. Three days later her body ws found floating in Brittingham Bay, Lake Monona, Madison, Wisconsin. Police arrested a neighbor, "Dogskin" Johnson for the crime, as he had a prior record as a convicted child molester. Johnson confessed to the murder and later recanted, spending 10 years in jail. At one of his parole hearings, a zealous attorney took up the case and actually bribed a witness to say that Annie’s father, Martin, had murdered her. Johnson was freed and Martin Lemberger was arrested, but, never got to trial. The truth about the trial came out, but never the truth about who killed Annie.
1916 - Clarence Saunders founded the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain in Memphis, Tennessee. The first true self-service grocery store. He received a patent for his design in 1917.
1959 - The first Barbie Doll was sold by Mattel Toy Corporation. Inspiration for the doll came from “Bild Lilli,” a doll with heavy makeup, a fierce backstory, and a curvy body. Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler first encountered Bild Lilli in Switzerland in the mid-1950s. But Lilli was a very different kind of doll. She began as a cartoon, with a lucrative career as an escort. The dolls weren't for little girls; rather, they were considered sexy trinkets for grown men.
1975 - Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asked for political asylum while participating in the US Open.
1976 – A Soviet pilot flew a highly advanced MIG-25 to Tokyo. He asked for political asylum in the US and later helped the Navy establish its Top Gun training program.
1994 - Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds and Gerry Adams, head of Sinn Fein (the IRA’s political ally) met on this day. The two made a joint commitment to peace.
2000 - The largest gathering of world leaders in history, 150 in all, convened The Millennium Summit, at the United Nations in New York City. President Bill Clinton represented the US as the host nation.
2005 - Wikipedia, which had become the most popular reference site on the Web, was overtaking several major news sites. The online encyclopedia, based in St. Petersburg, FL, is written by volunteers.
2009 – Without warning, North Korea released water from one or more of its dams on the Imjin River. The release doubled the water level on the border with South Korea and swept away six South Koreans. The release intensified the fear of a water offensive.
1939 - DAVID ALLAN COE (songwriter, outlaw country music singer and guitarist. His best-known compositions are Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone) and Take This Job and Shove It. Hit singles, Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile, The Ride, You Never Even Called Me by My Name, She Used to Love Me a Lot, and Longhaired Redneck.)
1942 - MEL McDANIEL (American country music artist; Louisiana Saturday Night, Stand Up, Anger and Tears, Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On, I Call It Love, Stand On It and a remake of Chuck Berry’s Let It Roll (Let It Rock))
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1957 – Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
1967 – Branded Man - Merle Haggard
1977 – Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
1987 - She's Too Good to Be True - Exile
Remember Your Parents Wedding Anniversary Day
1888 - Edith Eleanor McLean was the first baby to be placed in an incubator. She weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Originally, the incubator was called a hatching cradle.
1908 - The Man Mound Park in Sauk County was dedicated. The Mound depicts a gigantic human figure, 204 feet in length, in the act of walking. Efforts by William H. Canfield and Dr. Increase Lapham led to the preservation and appreciation of many Native American lands, especially Effigy Mounds such as Man Mound. The mound is the only surviving anthropomorphic (having human characteristics) effigy mound in North America. In 2016, Man Mound Park was recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
1921 - The San Antonio River flooded after a rain storm dumped 23 inches of rain on Taylor, Texas, in less than 24 hours. Fifty-one people were killed and the city remained under water for nearly a week.
1921 - The first Miss America Pageant was held at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sixteen-year-old Miss Washington, DC won the contest. She was 5'1" with blonde hair, blue eyes, weighing 108 pounds and her vital statistics were 30-25-32.
1930 - The cartoon, Blondie, created by Chic Young, made its first appearance in the comic strips.
1940 - The Germans began strategically bombing the UK, an attack known as “The Blitz”. For 57 days, the German Luftwaffe aerially bombed London, mostly at night, killing over 40,000 people and destroying over a million homes in the city. The strategy lasted until May 1941 but did not succeed in breaking the British resolve.
1958 - Mary Davis set the women's world non-stop talking record at 110 hours 30 minutes. The men's talking record is 200 hours.
1977 - Wisconsin's first judicial-recall election was held. Dane County citizens voted Judge Archie Simonson out of office. Simonson had called rape a normal male reaction to provocative female attire and modern society's permissive attitude toward sex. He made this statment while explaining why he sentenced a 15-year-old boy to only one year of probation for raping a 16-year-old girl. After the recall election, Simonson was replaced by Moria Krueger, the first woman judge in Dane Country.
1977 - President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos signed the Panama Canal treaties, agreeing to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the US to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
1979 - The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) debuted on cable.
1996 - All 875 residents of McGregor, Iowa, were honored guests at the 125th anniversary performance of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Des Moines. The Ringling brothers held their first circus in McGregor in 1871.
1998 - Sergey Brin and Larry Page incorporated the Internet search company, Google. The test search engine was doing 10,000 searches a day. A year later it was doing three million searches a day.
2000 - Cuban President Fidel Castro shook the hand of his US counterpart, Bill Clinton. It was the first time he had shaken the hand of a US president since he took power in 1959.
2011 - The Department of Justice escalated its crackdown on health-care fraud, charging 91 people with bilking Medicare out of nearly $300 million and victimizing elderly and disabled people who were dependent on the federal insurance program.
1954 - Craig Bickhardt (country music singer and songwriter. His musical career includes co-writing credits for The Judds, Steve Wariner, Kathy Mattea and others. He was also a member of S-K-B. He wrote That's How You Know When Love's Right (Nicolette Larson & Steve Wariner), I Know Where I'm Going and Turn It Loose (Judds), If I Never See Midnight Again (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) and I Can't Turn the Tide (Baillie & the Boys))
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONGS OF THE DAY
1955 – I Don't Care - Webb Pierce
1965 – The Bridge Washed Out - Warner Mack
1975 – Feelins' - Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty
1985 - I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me - Rosanne Cash
1985 – Not On Your Life – Jeff Carson
The Pledge of Allegiance Was First Published
1827 – The first recorded Niagara Falls tourist stunt was performed. Three hotel owners sent a small schooner over the 180-foot falls, it carried two bears, two raccoon, a buffalo, a dog, and a goose. The promotion worked and filled the local bars. As 10,000 thrill seekers watched, all but the goose and the bears perished in the fall.
1866 - James and Jennie Bushnell became the proud parents of sextuplets in Chicago, three boys and three girls. Though two babies died, the surviving four lived long lives. This was the first recorded birth of sextuplets.
1892 - The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America was written in August of 1892 by a former Baptist preacher, Francis Bellamy. It only took three hours to write the original 23 words in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovery of America. It was originally published on this date in The Youth’s Companion, intended to be a pledge for citizens of any country.
1900 - The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 occurred. It is the single deadliest natural disaster in US history. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, it resulted in 6,000 to 12,000 casualties. It damaged every single building in the city. Out of 38,000 residents, 30,000 were left homeless. It was such a catastrophic event that it turned Galveston from a thriving tourist town into an abandoned stretch of land where people were too afraid to live. It took years for the population to rebuild.
1915 – Germany realized success in using the Zeppelin to bomb Britain.
1935 - Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, Jr, assassinated State Senator Huey P. Long for slandering his father-in-law Judge Benjamin Pavy. Weiss fatally shot Long in the state capital building in Louisiana. Long’s body guards killed Weiss, who’s body had been riddled with more than 60 bullets.
1941 - Germany began the 900-day Siege of Leningrad during World War II. The siege led to the death of at least one million Russians from starvation and disease.
1942 - American workers gave up their Labor day weekend holidays to keep the munitions factories working to help in the war effort.
1944 - During World War II, Germany launched its first V-2 guided rockets that traveled at the speed of sound, striking London and Antwerp. At the end of WWII, both the US and the Soviet Union tried to obtain V2's and the scientists who had worked on them. The V2 rocket is the base of the early space rockets and inter ballistic rockets with the three main components needed for a rocket, large liquid-fuel rocket engines, supersonic aerodynamics, and guidance and control systems developed for the V2.
1950 - The Defense Production Act of 1950 was enacted. It is a federal law enacted in response to the start of the Korean War. It was part of a broad civil defense and war mobilization effort in the context of the Cold War. Recently, President Biden used the Defense Production Act to encourage accelerated domestic manufacturing of clean energy.
1966 - The first episode of Star Trek, titled, The Man Trap, was broadcast. The series did not do well. It was regularly beaten in its time slot, and it placed #52 among all series in 1966-1967, its best season. NBC canceled the show on September 2, 1969.
1972 – As retaliation for the PLO sponsored Black September terrorist organization, Israel’s Prime Minister, Golda Meir’s created Committee X a small group of government officials tasked with formulating an Israeli response, with herself and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan at the head. The operation, Wrath of God, occured just two days after the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Israel retaliated by bombing ten PLO bases in Syria and Lebanon.
1974 - President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for “all offenses”.
1974 - Evel Knievel, American daredevil, attempted to jump Idaho’s Snake River Canyon on his rocket motorcycle. The parachute deployed prematurely and the Skycycle crashed into the Snake River. He was unhurt.
1988 - Dan Quayle, the future Vice-President states, “Republicans understand the importance of bondage between parent and child.”
2001 - A Houston man was finally able to reach his cell phone and call for help after three days wedged in a storm sewer drain. He had fallen into an open manhole at night.
2008 - Shares of United Airlines parent company, UAL, plunged 76 percent before closing, down 11 percent for the day. A six-year-old Chicago Tribune article concerning the carrier’s 2002 bankruptcy filing was mistakenly posted online by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and subsequently distributed by Income Securities Advisors of Miami Lakes, Florida.
1897 - Jimmie Rodgers (‘The Blue Yodeler’: Country Music Hall of Famer: ‘T’ for Texas, Brakeman’s Blues, Blue Yodel; 1st country singer to be in a film: Singing Brakeman. The first person to be elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame.)
1927 - Harlan Howard (songwriter, principally in country music spanning six decades. Above and Beyond (The Call of Love), All I Can Be Is a Sweet Memory, Evil on Your Mind, Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache), Heartaches by the Number, I Don't Remember Loving You, I Fall to Pieces, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, and many more. Married to country singer Jan Howard.)
1932 - Patsy Cline (Country Music Hall of Famer: Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Walkin’ After Midnight, She’s Got You, Sweet Dreams (Of You), Faded Love; killed in plane crash Mar 5, 1963)
Jay's winding up the vacation, he'll be back on Monday!
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONGS OF THE DAY
1949 – Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys
1959 - The Three Bells - The Browns
1989 - I Wonder Do You Think of Me - Keith Whitley
The Japanese Bombing of Brookings, Oregon
1776 - The second Continental Congress made the term United States official, replacing United Colonies.
1898 - Tom Fleming of Eau Claire, WI won the first log-rolling championship in Omaha, NE.
1942 - A Japanese floatplane, launched from a submarine, dropped incendiary bombs near Brookings, Oregon in an attempt to set fire to the forests during WWII. The raid was unsuccessful. The fires were kept under control by 2 Lookout spotters until help could arrive to put the fires out. In 1962, the pilot returned to Brookings to present the town with a 400-year-old samurai sword that had been handed down through generations of his family, a symbol of his regret and deep shame for having participated in bombing US soil.
1945 - After the Allied victory in the Pacific, General Douglas MacArthur ordered all Japanese forces within China, Taiwan and French Indochina to formally surrender to Chiang Kai-shek and the Japanese troops in China. They capitulated in ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month echoing the Armistice of 11 November 1918 which ended WWI (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month).
1950 – President Truman goes to the air waves to explain the Defense Production Act to the American people. It would involve the government mandating that corporations retool to support the military. “[the Act] enables the Government to cut down the production of nonessential civilian goods that use up critical materials [prevent the hoarding of raw materials essential to defense.]” “Our second problem is to pay for our increased defenses. There is only one sensible way to do this. It is the plain, simple, direct way. We should pay for them as we go, out of taxes.” “Our third problem is to carry out the defense program without letting inflation weaken and endanger our free economy. The defense program means that more men and women will be at work, at good pay. At the same time, the supply of civilian goods will not keep pace with the growth of civilian incomes. In short, people will have more money to spend, and there will be relatively fewer things for them to buy.” The Defense Production Act of 1950 is still in force but is due to expire in 2025. On March 23, 2020 President Trump issued an executive order classifying "health and medical resources necessary to respond to the spread of COVID-19" as subject to the authority granted by DPA to prohibit hoarding and price gouging. In January, 2021, President Biden invoked the DPA on his second day in office to increase production of supplies related to the pandemic, such as protective equipment. President Biden has invoked the DPA on 8 occasions, for submarines, to baby formula, to printed circuit boards, etc.
1956 – Fifty-four million viewers (82.6 percent of the US television audience) turned on their TVs to see and hear 21-year-old singer Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1967 - The George of the Jungle cartoon debuted on ABC. "Watch out for that tree!"
1971 - State prison inmates in Attica, New York, took thirty guards hostage in a revolt over prison conditions. On September 13th, fifteen-hundred law enforcement officers stormed the complex, firing indiscriminately at the rioters, killing 29 inmates and 10 hostages.
1986 - Ted Turner premiered Yankee Doodle Dandy, the first of his colorized films on his superstation WTBS.
1994 - The US agreed to accept about 20,000 Cuban immigrants per year. This was in return for Cuba's promise to halt the flight of refugees.
2007 - Shepherds from 32 countries joined their Spanish colleagues to lead flocks of sheep through the streets of downtown Madrid in defense of ancient grazing routes threatened by urban sprawl. Modern-day Madrid lies squarely in the way of two north-south shepherding routes, one dating back to 1372.
2008 - San Antonio, Texas announced a deal to make it the first US city to harvest methane gas from human waste on a commercial scale and turn it into clean-burning fuel. In 2016 Grand Junction, Colorado followed suite and today, several other countries, including Kenya are perfecting the process.
2010 - A massive explosion, triggered by a broken gas line near San Francisco International Airport, destroyed 37 homes and damaged eight others. Eight people were killed, and dozens were injured.
2015 - Queen Elizabeth broke the record as a sitting monarch set by Queen Victoria. At that point, Queen Elizabeth, who ascended to the throne on June 20, 1837, had reigned for 70 years and 107 days.
1947 - Freddy Weller (country music artist. His biggest solo hit was Games People Play. Other hits included Promised Land and Indian Lake.)
1951 - Tom Wopat (Born in Lodi, Wisconsin, actor and singer. Luke Duke on the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He scored a handful of hits on the country charts including the 1988 A Little Bit Closer.)
1975 – Joey Feek (country music singer and songwriter with the duo Joey and Rory comprised of Joey and her husband, Rory Lee Feek.)
CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY
1960 – Alabam - Cowboy Copas
1970 – All for the Love of Sunshine - Hank Williams Jr. with The Mike Curb Congregation
1980 - Lookin' for Love - Johnny Lee
1990 – Jukebox In My Mind - Alabama
Eat a TV Dinner Day
Betty Lee’s Birthday
1846 - Elias Howe patented the lock-stitch sewing machine.
1878 - President Rutherford B. Hayes visited Madison. He was the first president to visit Wisconsin.
1935 - “I’m Popeye the sailor man...” toot! toot! Popeye was heard for the first time on NBC radio.
1940 - The north side of Buckingham Palace was damaged by a German bomb. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was quoted, after some suggested she send her daughters to Canada until the end of the war, “The children will not leave unless I do. I shall not leave unless their father does, and the King will not leave the country in any circumstances.”
1953 - The Swanson Company sold its first frozen “TV dinner.” There had been several pre-packaged meals marketed to the public, starting with Maxson Food Systems in 1945. Swanson coined the name “TV Dinner” and invested in a large marketing plan.
1955 - Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the Miss America Pageant on NBC. The show became a TV tradition as Parks sang to the newly crowned beauty queen, “There She is ... Miss America”.
1960 - A 5-day long conference in Baghdad began that ended with the creation of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an intergovernmental organization of oil-producing countries. OPEC is responsible for coordinating and unifying oil and gas policies in member states.
1961 - Fourteen spectators are killed during the Italian Grand Prix when Baron Wolfgang von Trips, driving a Ferrari, bumped another car, sending him off the track onto a grass-covered embankment, and hits a fence filled with spectators. Von Trips was thrown from his car and killed.
1988 - Miss Minnesota, Gretchen Carlson, was crowned Miss America 1989. Carlson was the first and only classical violinist to win the title, Gretchen promoted Arts in Education during her tenure.
1989 - Deion Sanders intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown for the NFL Atlanta Falcons. Four days earlier he hit a home run for the MLB, Columbus Clippers. He is the only player ever to do so. Sanders is also the only man to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.
1998 - Zippy Chippy was banished from the Finger Lakes, New York, racetrack after losing his 85th consecutive race. The 7-year-old gelding, a fan favorite, had never won a race. Zippy Chippy’s career at Finger Lakes ended when he refused for the third straight time to leave the starting gate.
2013 - San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the state of Nevada accusing it of deliberately giving some 500 psychiatric patients one-way bus tickets to California in recent years. The practice is sometimes called ‘Patient Dumping’ or ‘Greyhound Therapy’.
2013 - Toyota issued a recall on over 700,000 vehicles that had previously been recalled only a year before. The issue involved rusty suspension.
1918 – RIN TIN TIN (A shell-shocked pup found by American serviceman Lee Duncan in a bombed-out dog kennel in Lorraine, France, less than two months before the end of World War I. He was named for a puppet called Rin tin tin that French children gave to the American soldiers for good luck. The dog returned at war’s end with Duncan to his home in Los Angeles, California. Primarily a star of silent films, Rin Tin Tin did appear in four sound features, including the 12-part Mascot Studios chapter-play The Lightning Warrior (1931), co-starring with Frankie Darro.)
1937 - TOMMY OVERSTREET (singer: Ann (Don't Go Runnin'), Gwen [Congratulations], Don’t Go City Girl on Me)
BETTY LEE, Member of the Angel Band
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