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Today in History for June 6: On this date: In 1683, the first public museum, The Ashmolean, was opened in Oxford, England.

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Today in History for June 8: On this date: In 632, the Prophet Mohammad died. His teachings, recorded in the Qur'an, forged a new religion -- Islam.

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Today in History for June 5: On this date: In 754, St. Boniface died. He was known as the apostle of Germany for his missionary work in Europe.

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Today in History for June 4: On this date: In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers first publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon, which did not carry any passengers, over Annonay, France.

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Celebrity Birthdays for May 24: Actor-comedian-impressionist Stanley Baxter is 98. Artist Robert Bateman is 94. Jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp is 87. Comedian Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong is 86.

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Today in History for May 24: In 1543, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus died in Frombork, Poland. He proposed the heliocentric, or sun-centred, system whereby the planets orbit around the sun. He was born Feb. 19, 1473, in Torum, Poland.

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Today in Music History for May 24: In 1859, the song "Ave Maria," featuring a melody by French composer Charles Gounod superimposed on a theme from Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier," was first performed in Paris by opera singer Marie Caroline Miolan-Car

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Celebrity Birthdays for May 23: Actress Barbara Barrie is 92. Actress Joan Collins is 91. International Tennis Hall-of-Famer John Newcombe is 80. Actress Lauren Chapin ("Father Knows Best") is 79. Country singer Misty Morgan is 79.

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Today in History for May 23: In 1275, King Edward I of England ordered the cessation of the persecution of French Jews. In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.

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Today in Music History for May 23: In 1889, Mary Susanne Edgar, a Canadian YWCA leader who wrote a number of hymns during her years of leading a Christian camping ministry with girls, was born.