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Rest in Power, Aretha. Here's a photo from Aretha Franklin's performance at Jazz Fest at Onondaga Community College in July 2007. (photo by Michael Davis)
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On August 14th, 1948, the City of #Syracuse began a week long celebration of its 100th anniversary. The celebration week was one of the largest in the city's history with 100,000 present for the parade alone, which included floats, festive music from drum and bugle corps, and military groups. A list of special events included historical performances at Syracuse University's Archbold Stadium - The Show of the Century: The Centorama - and the election of Betty Michaels as Miss Syracuse Centennial and Beverly Beauchamp as Miss Onondaga County. Syracuse, named by John Wilkinson in 1824, and was incorporated as a city in 1848 by combining of the villages of Salina and Syracuse.
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Today in History: #Syracuse and the rest of the United States learn that the Japanese have unconditionally surrendered, ending World War II. #WWII
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Tomorrow's launch of Congress Beer also means the return of Gambrinus to the streets of #Syracuse, but this time he won't be a statue...
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On August 7th, 1992, Chris Campbell of Fayetteville won a bronze medal in the 198-pound freestyle event during the Barcelona Olympics, becoming the oldest wrestler in United States Olympic history to win a medal: cnyhistory.org/chris-campbell-wins-olympic-bronze #Syracuse
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#ThrowbackThursday: One of #Syracuse's traffic officers operates what is considered to be one of the 1st electric traffic signals in the U.S. at North State & James Streets. Installed in December 1922, it was produced in Syracuse by Crouse-Hinds (Eaton). Photo: August 1924
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From the Headlines: Today in 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned in the midst of the Watergate Scandal. Vice President Gerald R. Ford took the oath of office just after noon. #Syracuse #Nixon
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Today in History: On August 6th, 1945, an American B-29 Bomber, the "Enola Gay," drop the first ever atomic bomb (the "Little Boy" - the bomb's nickname) on Hiroshima, Japan. #Syracuse #WWII
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On August 5th, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered the Gulf of Tonkin Speech at #Syracuse University: cnyhistory.org/president-johnson-gulf-tonkin-speech-su
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Today in History: On August 2nd, 1986, the new Burnet Park Zoo (Rosamond Gifford Zoo) opened its doors to the public with Romani the elephant officially breaking through the ceremonial ribbon with 12,00 visitors in attendance: cnyhistory.org/burnet-park-zoo-opens
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