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o.k. corral

from wild west posted in history by tacopolis

The O.K. Corral was a horse corral (a corral is a fenced-in area for holding livestock) in Tombstone, AZ.

The O.K. stands for "Old Kindersley". The famous gunfight did not take place at the O.K. Corral, but in a vacant lot next to Camillus Fly's photography studio, six doors down Fremont Street from an alleyway that cut through the block and served as an informal rear entrance to the corral.

The O.K. Corral is often used to defend or detract Americans penchant for shooting one another.

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ford’s theatre

from abraham lincoln posted in history by speedy_dee

The Ford's Theatre is where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865. The murder has yet to be solved...

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benjamin franklin statue

from benjamin franklin posted in history by pete_nice

Installed at this location in 1856, this 8-foot bronze statue of Benjamin Franklin was placed here in front of the former location of the Boston Latin School- a school that Declaration of Independence signers Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine all attended.

Founded on April 13, 1635, the Boston Latin School was the first public school in the United States. The original school building was torn down in 1745, but has survived at several different locations since then. It continues today in the Fenway neighborhood, and now accepts boys and girls.

Interestingly, Franklin was the most famous high school dropout from the Boston Latin School.

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audobon ballroom

from malcolm x posted in history by donkeyoti

After Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam in 1964, he formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU). The group held weekly meetings at the Audubon Ballroom until February 21, 1965, when Malcolm X was assassinated at this location by Nation of Islam member Talmadge Hayer (as well as two other accused shooters).

Since then, the ballroom and property was purchased by Columbia University and converted into a public/private biotech research park. Through a series of protests, the original façade was maintained and converted to the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

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malcolm x house site

from malcolm x posted in history by donkeyoti

On May 19, 1925, Malcolm Little was born to Earl and Louise Little. This location is where the future civil rights speaker known as Malcolm X would spend his first few years.

The actual home at the corner of 34th and Pinkey St was torn down in 1965, before the owner knew of the historical significance. Since then, six adjacent lots have been purchased and a park has been established by the Malcolm X Foundation.

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