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Richard Collins was one of 19 Hollywood writers and directors called by HUAC in 1947

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...er spoke to him again. Richard Collins was one of 19 Hollywood writers and directors called by HUAC in 1947 Richard Collins, who would later express regret over his “friendly” testifying, went on to work on such 1950s classics as Riot in Cell Block 11 and Invasion of the Body Snatchers before finding regular employment in television. He produced 127 episodes of western Bonanza and 108...

The CIA has officially acknowledged the secret test site known as Area 51, in a newly unclassified internal history of the U-2 spy plane programme

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...rom the CIA, Air Force and Lockheed, the contractor building the U-2, began moving into the facility in July 1955. While a lengthy account of the development of the U-2 spy plane programme, the history also attempts to shed light on the public’s fascination with the Area 51 site and its lingering associations with extra-terrestrials and UFOs. It notes that testing of the U-2 plane in the 195...

The story behind Jerry Lewis departure from the MDA Telethon still remains untold

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...nment special,” and there will be no tote board tallying the donations. In the press announcement of the event, Jerry Lewis’s name is nowhere mentioned. The story behind Jerry Lewis’s departure remains untold. But a few things have become clear in the year since the awkward public breakup. Jerry Lewis was dumped by the MDA, the charity he had been identified with since the 1950s. He’s still bitter...

Car designer Carroll Shelby, who gave his name to the famous Shelby Cobra sports car, has died aged 89 at a hospital in Dallas

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US sports car designer Carroll Shelby, who gave his name to the famous Shelby Cobra sports car, has died aged 89 at a hospital in Dallas, Texas. Carroll Shelby, who had a long and varied career, had a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996. The former chicken farmer first made his name as a successful racing car driver, winning dozens of races in the 1950s. Among them was the gr...

Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon has died at his home in Los Angeles, aged 84

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...s one of the best-known hairdressers of his generation. He is credited with revolutionizing haircuts in the 1960s, and developed a popular line of hair products under his name. The creator of the “bob” hairstyle, he is best known for his short, geometric cuts, ending the bouffant styles trendy in the 1950s. One of his best-known clients was Mary Quant, the famous British fashion design...

JRR Tolkien and Charles Dickens descendants are to collaborate on two new fantasy books for children

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...e story of two children who set out to use an evil enchanter’s wishing chain of stones to save their alpine valley, only to fall into trouble. JRR Tolkien and Charles Dickens descendants are to collaborate on two new fantasy books for children Michael Tolkien was introduced to the tales in the 1940s and 1950s as a child, and he later read them to his own children. He said he decided to pay...

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes has died, aged 83, at a hospital in Mexico City

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...int”. Mexican novelist Jose Agustin said Carlos Fuentes “became an essential protagonist in Mexican political and cultural life. He had an immense value, from his first launch in the 1950s he never once backed down for anybody”. Chilean-American writer Ariel Dorfman said Carlos Fuentes had an amazing generosity of spirit. “He was constantly, constantly championing the young...

Chuck Brown, who mixed funk, soul and Latin styles to help create the upbeat "go-go" scene in Washington DC in the 1970s, has died at 75

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...cent Gray was among those paying tribute. “Go-go is DC’s very own unique contribution to the world of pop music,” he told the Associated Press news agency. “Today is a very sad day for music lovers the world over.” Chuck Brown got his first guitar after trading five cartons of cigarettes for the instrument in prison, while serving eight years for murder in the 1950s a...

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...n Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. For the first time, the ceremony and the huge public celebrations were broadcast by TV across the UK, the Commonwealth and the rest of the world. A young and glamorous Queen On her accession, the Queen immediately began her political duties which included opening Parliament and receiving her prime ministers. Throughout the 1950s, the...

Walmart heiress Alice Walton has topped the list of female billionaires with a net worth of $29.8 billion

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...ansas with the facilities alone costing more than $100 million. She was briefly married when she was in her twenties. Champing at Alice Walton’s heels is Gina Reinhart, who is valued at $29.1 billion. Gina Reinhart, 58, is the daughter of late iron-ore mining magnate Lang Hangcock, who is credited with discovering giant deposits of iron ore in the 1950s that now make up Australia’s largest e...

Legendary Indian singer Manna Dey has died in a Bangalore hospital at the age of 94

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...was also given the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2007. Manna Dey sang more than 3,500 songs, including romantic ballads, intricate raga-based songs, Qawwalis and fast-paced modern numbers in his career. Along with Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, and Kishore Kumar, he made up what was known as the “famous quartet of singers” who dominated the Hindi film music industry from 1950s to 1970s...

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...” option is Air New Zealand which earlier this month flew from Los Angeles to Auckland. Last October The European Aviation Safety Agency granted a 207-minute rating after receiving an application from Air France to fly a 777-300ER from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti. The European agency is also expected to adopt the 330-minute rule. Planes once flew over the North Pole during the Cold War in the 1...

Bastrop Texas major wildfire: Flames over a road near Bastrop State Park (Reuters)

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...r damages.   Bastrop Texas major wildfire: Flames over a road near Bastrop State Park (Reuters) The Bastrop County Complex Fire has destroyed more than 25,000 acres of  forest (two-thirds of the 6,000-acre Bastrop State Park) and has burnt almost 500 houses. Tropical Storm Lee generating powerful winds and drought conditions (Texas has endured its worst drought since the 1950s) has made the f...

Dolly Parton, the Queen of Country Music

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...work brought her wealth. Singer-songwriter, author, multi-instrumentalist, actress, Dolly is one of the most successful female country artists of all time. “She showed what could be achieved by challenging the gatekeepers…In the 1940s and 1950s, absolutely no female artists were represented in the top 25 country songs. Then in the 1970s, there were six women represented — one of whom was Do...

Jerry Lewis reinstated as MDA Labor Day Telethon host

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...y Telethon.   MDA Labor Day Telethon 2011: first time without Jerry Lewis.   Jerry Lewis NOT back to the MDA Labor Day Telethon hosting.   [googlead tip="patrat_mediu" aliniat="stanga"]Muscular Dystrophy Association has reconsidered its recent decision to drop comedian Jerry Lewis as the chairman and host of MDA Labor Day Telethon?   In an unexpected reversal, Jerry Lewis was reinstated Satur...

In 2011, MDA Labor Day Telethon for the first time without Jerry Lewis

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...hout Jerry Lewis’ hosting.   According to organizers, this fall MDA Labor Day Telethon will air in every time zone from 6 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, September 4, broadcasting from the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas. In 2011, MDA Labor Day Telethon for the first time without Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis, 85, has been MDA’s national chairman since the early 1950s and has hosted the MDA Labor Day T...

MDA Telethon 2011 raised $61.5 million without Jerry Lewis

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...es and raise money to fund research for cures. Jerry Lewis has been hosting MDA Telethon since 1966, the annual event being even previously named the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. MDA Telethon 2011 raised $61.5 million without Jerry Lewis   Jerry Lewis claims that his efforts, dating back to the 1950s, have raised over $2.6 billion for the muscular dystrophy cause. In May 2011 press, the MDA ann...

Andy Rooney, CBS News "60 Minutes" star died Friday night at 92, only a month after delivering his 1,097th and final televised commentary

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...ught. “That’s what a writer does,” he said. “A writer’s job is to tell the truth.” Andy Rooney wrote for CBS stars such as Arthur Godfrey and Garry Moore during the 1950s and early 1960s, before settling into a partnership with newsman Harry Reasoner. He left CBS in 1970 when it refused to air his angry essay about the Vietnam War. He went on TV for the first ti...

His cancer was in a stage that did not benefit from liver transplant, but Walter Payton spent his final months as an advocate for organ transplants.

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...veral prescriptions for morphine and hit up a handful of drugstores to have them filled. When one of the pharmacists noticed the activity, he contacted the police, who arrived at Payton’s house and discussed the situation.” read an excerpt published in Sports Illustrated. The painkiller Darvon is an opioid narcotic used to treat mild to moderate pain was first approved in the 1950s and...

Young Iranians must adopt complicated and creative behavior to navigate around restrictions on their private lives, says journalist Kamin Mohammadi

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...ted purely of them riding around in savaris. They would ride from one end of town to another, asking the driver to take no other fares when they wanted to talk, and asking him to take other fares when they wanted an excuse to get physically close to each other,” she says. The creative possibilities of the car have probably not been thus explored since America invented The Teenager in the 1950s. In...

Atom blast at Yucca Flat, Nevada, March 17, 1953

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Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at the American Institute of Physics, has shared a unique video of a blast during America’s testing of nukes in the Yucca Mountain area of Nevada during the 1950s. The historian was sent the video below from a Russian colleague, and has now shared it on his blog. Alex Wellerstein wrote: “Most films of nuclear explosions are dubbed. If they do contain...

Women who quit smoking by the age of 30 will almost completely avoid the risks of dying early from tobacco-related diseases

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Women who quit smoking by the age of 30 will almost completely avoid the risks of dying early from tobacco-related diseases, according to a study of more than a million women in the UK. The results, published in the Lancet, showed lifelong smokers died a decade earlier than those who never started. But those who stopped by 30 lost, on average, a month of life and if they stopped by 40 they died a...

Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli says he cancels plans to sell off state-owned land in the duty-free zone of Colon, after violent protests

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...n Tuesday that a 48-hour strike would be extended for another day. Panama’s economy has boomed in recent years, but sections of the population remain excluded from its commercial success. The city of Colon – one of the largest free trade ports in the world and in operation since the 1950s – sits at the end of the Panama Canal just outside the former Panama Canal Zone. The canal,...

Elevator travelers always avoid eye-contact

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...at passes through it. • 1853: Elisha Graves Otis unveils a safety device to prevent freefall, paving the way for passenger elevators. • Late 1800s: Stately “movable rooms” begin to appear in hotels and department stores – they feature cushioned benches and chandeliers. • 1950s: Safety systems that automatically close both sets of doors eliminate the need for operators. • Future e...

Lady Gaga on her hotel balcony in Rio de Janeiro

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Lady Gaga excelled herself with a breathtakingly normal appearance on her hotel balcony in Rio on Wednesday. There were no gimmicks in sight, just Rita Hayworth wavy brown hair, a retro style pretty printed sarong and a turquoise bikini top. Lady Gaga, 26, real name Stefani Germanotta, looked ready to hit up a Hawaiian tiki bar… but her sarong showed a map of Brazil in 1950s style colourful...