Longtime NABET-CWA Regional VP Fred Saburro Dies


Longtime NABET-CWA regional vice-president Fred Saburro died on Friday. He was 92 years old.

Freddie, as we knew him in the union, was a mentor to stewards, like myself, and was a dominating force on many struggles the union fought on contract negotiations over the years.

Freddie was also the ‘go-to’ guy in the studio at WRGB-TV in Schenectady, New York for 37 years. He was hired as a Floor Director in 1952 when local television production was in its infancy and thanks to his big personality and booming standbys, he became an in-house legend.

The Saburro Family has requested that the following information be shared with NABET-CWA family and friends:

Saturday May 18, 2019

Visitation Calling Hours
12:00pm – 2:00pm EDT

DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home
1605 Helderberg Avenue
Rotterdam, NY 12306

A memorial service will follow at 2:00pm EDT.

(Interment with military honors will be held at a later date at the Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY.)

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the NABET-CWA Scholarship Fund.

Please make all checks payable to: NABET-CWA Scholarship Fund and in the memo line write “in honor of Freddie Saburro”.

Send donation checks to:

ATTN: Jodi Fabrizio-Clontz
501 Third Street NW – 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

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Jazz Festivals Return This Summer With a Glaring Omission


May is the time when jazz festivals release their headliners for the summer, but this year, a familiar name is missing.

Syracuse Jazz Fest, a festival synonymous of jazz festivals for over 35 years, sadly had to cancel their lineup in 2018 due to the lack of funding.  The even’t previous sponsor, M&T Bank, ended it’s sponsorship after 20 years.  The Festival’s founder, Frank Malfitano was hoping to get the event back on track in 2019.  However, the event up to this point has not been planned for this summer.  In years past, Jazz Fest has been scheduled for the end of June.

The Syracuse Jazz Fest has been praised by the International Association for Jazz Education, and has been ranked as the Central New York Region’s “Best Music Festival” for the past 10 years. The event was ranked as “One of the top five free jazz festivals in America”, and was referred to by Down Beat and Jazz Times Magazines as “The Northeast’s Largest Free Jazz Festival”.

In the meantime, a number of other paid jazz festivals are scheduled for this summer.  Find out which ones are taking place by going to our “Events” page.

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Smooth’s Podium Picks – World Figure Skating Championships 2019


The final competition of the season takes place in Japan, where over 160 skaters will compete. Competition starts on Wednesday with the pairs and ladies short program. Mens’s short begins on Thursday, while ice dancers will start their competition on Friday. This is the 2nd time since 2014 the World Championships were held in Japan. Next year’s event will take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

afp-19c4spMen – (Full Lineup) “Quadfest” begins this weekend with a challenge to see who lands the most this weekend. Japanese skaters have the home ice advantage, as two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu returns to the ice after a long layoff due to injury. He was well on his way to the Grand Prix final, with wins in Helsinki and Rostelecom Cup when he was forced out of Japanese Nationals and 4CC. Teammate Shoma Uno had a successful season, winning his third straight Japanese National men’s title, Grand Prix wins at NHK Trophy and Skate Canada & a 4CC title. His only blemish was a 2nd place finish in the Grand Prix Final. That was won by American Nathan Chen, who has been on a tear all season long, going undefeated along the way. He won his 3rd US National championship, dominated at Skate America and Internationaux de France and repeated his win at the Grand Prix Final. He looks to go two-in-a-row as men’s champion this weekend.

Skaters to Watch – For the first time in many years, we won’t see the rivalry between Yuzuru Hanyu and two-time World Champion, Javier Fernandez. The Spaniard sailed off into retirement with a final win at Europeans, his record 7th straight victory. His loss means a new crop of skaters to take the mantle. If there’s a spoiler to make the podium, it could come from Italy’s Matteo Rizzo, who took 3rd at Europeans and also had a 3rd place finish at NHK Trophy. Another could be from American Vincent Zhou, who took 3rd at 4CC against a strong men’s lineup. Korea’s Junhwan Cha continues his upward move in the world standings with 3rd place podium spots at Skate Canada, Helsinki and the GP Final. Other contenders include China’s Boyang Jin, Israel’s Alexei Bychenko and American Jason Brown.

Smooth’s Pick – It will be a slug fest between, Chen, Uno and Hanyu. Home ice favors the Japanese skaters, but it will be tough to beat the current defending champion.

1. Nathan Chen (USA)
2. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)
3. Shoma Uno (JPN)

sp-trophy-b-20181111-870x626Ladies – (Full Lineup) Probably the most elegant and accomplished field in years will make this a memorable competition. Japan’s chances at a sweep have been boosted by Rika Kihira’s stunning performance this season. In her first year in Senior competition, she dominated the field, winning at NHK, Internationaux de France, the Grand Prix Final and the 4CC title. However, her season wasn’t perfect, as she faltered at Japanese Nationals and had to settle for 2nd. The eventual winner, Kaori Sakamoto surprised everyone but herself. She took 2nd at Skate America and 3rd in Helsinki, but missed the podium in the GP Final, finishing 4th. Sakoto Miahara’s season up to now has been solid, winning Skate America and finishing 2nd at NHK Trophy. However, her performance in the GP Final was filled with mistakes, as she finished 6th. Japanese skaters will have their hands full with their Russian counterparts, led by Olympic champion, Alina Zagitova. Two wins at Rostelecom Cup and Helsinki put her into the GP Final, where she finished in 2nd behind Kihira. However, a shocking 5th place finish at Nationals nearly put all her work to waste. She was eventually selected to the world team, along with Olympic silver medalist, Evgenia Medvedeva, who had a rough season, culminating with a disastrous 7th place finish at Nationals. Still, her past international experience gives her a chance to make the podium this week.

Skaters to Watch – There are a number of skaters who could reach the top 5 this weekend. One is Loena Hendrickx of Belgium, who placed 5th in Helsinki before injuries ended her Grand Prix season and put her out of Europeans. Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva is coming off a 2nd place finish at Winter Universiade a few weeks ago and a 2nd place finish at 4CC. American Bradie Tennell was upstaged at US Nationals and had to settle for 2nd, but she’s continued to skate strong during the season, including a 3rd place finish at Internationaux de France. Keep your eyes on Canadian Gabby Daleman, she was a last minute selection for this week. Even though she’s was off the ice during the Grand Prix season, she still almost managed a respectable 5th place finish at Nationals. Other skaters looking to finish the season strong include American Mariah Bell, Switzerland’s Alexia Pagani, Korea’s Eunsoo Lim and Russia’s Sofia Samodurova.

Smooth’s Picks – This could be a Japanese sweep of mammoth proportions and I wouldn’t be surprised. But I’m thinking 2 out of 3 wouldn’t surprise me, either.

1. Rika Kihira (JPN)
2. Alina Zagitova (RUS)
3. Kaori Sakamoto (JPN)

james-cipres-gettyimages-906679388-1024Pairs – (Full Lineup) Only 19 teams will skate for the podium this week. At the top of the list is Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov. Their season has been dominating, with wins at Rostelecom Cup and Skate America. However, they suffered disappointment with a 3rd place finish at the Grand Prix Final. They’ll go for that elusive World pairs title for the 5th time, but their chance will be tough, as they’re up against Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France. The team finally had a breakthrough this season, winning Internationaux de France, Skate Canada and their first Grand Prix Final and European titles. That gives the James & Cipres a slight edge this week. China has two teams that could reach the podium. Cheng Peng and Yang Jin had three 2nd place finishes in Grand Prix competition. However, they dropped to 3rd at 4CC last month. Olympic pairs silver medalists Wenjing Sui and Cong Han returned to action after injury and promptly won the 4CC pairs title last month. Russia could also see a second team reach the podium with Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert. They won in Helsinki and NHK Trophy in GP competition, but just missed the podium in the Final. They also have a 3rd place finish at Europeans

Teams to Watch – The field will be tough and a fall in the short or the free could make the difference. There are a few teams that could take advantage. Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro won their first Canadian title and were 2nd at 4CC. They look to improve on their 6th place finish at Worlds. Italy’s Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise reached their first Grand Prix Final this season, where they finished 5th. They barely missed the podium at Europeans in 4th place. It was a tough year for Americans Ashley Cain and Tim LeDuc, as a disastrous fall to Cain almost knocked them out of competition. But they persevered and won their first US pairs title. Other teams that could make an impact are Tae Ok Ryom and Ju Sik Kim of North Korea, Miriam Zegler and Severin Kiefer of Austria and Lana Petranovic and Antonio Souza-Kordeiru of Croatia.

Smooth’s Picks – This will be a battle between Russia, China and France, where the winners will have to bring their “A” game.

1. Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres (FRA)
2. Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov (RUS)
3. Wenjing Sui and Cong Han (CHN)

22iceskating-cul1-articlelargeIce Dance – (Full Lineup) This is a pivotal time in this division, where a number of teams skating could take control for supremacy. At the top of the list is France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. This season had the team participate in one Grand Prix event, which they won (Internationaux de France). The rest of the season found them recovering from injury. When they did come back to the ice, they easily won their 5th ice dance title at Europeans. They go for their 4th World championship, but it won’t be a cakewalk. Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue have reason to be worried after their 4th place finish at 4CC. It was their first time off the podium in two years, but they should be ready this week. Teammates Madison Chock and Evan Bates had their best performance of the season, winning at 4CC and are in the mix for a podium spot. Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje returned to the top of the podium at Canadian Nationals and took 2nd at 4CC. The top Russian team is Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin, who won at Helsinki and Rostelecom Cup to qualify for the GP Final, where they finished off the podium in 4th.

Teams to Watch – Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov had their best season as a team, with three 2nd place Grand Prix finishes, including the Final. They also won their first Russian National title. Canada has two teams that could reach the top 10. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier continue their consistent skating with two 3rd place Grand Prix finishes. Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen will be in their 2nd competition as Canadians. Their best finish at Worlds was 7th for Denmark in 2017. Americans Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker won their first Grand Prix competition this season at NHK Trophy. They also reach the Final, where they finished 6th. Other teams that will contend includes Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy, Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac of France and Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevicius of Lithuania.

Smooth’s Picks – This competition will be between the French and Americans, with Canadians fighting for third.

1. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (FRA)
2. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (USA)
3. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje (CAN)

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Smooth’s Podium Picks – World Junior Championships 2019


This year’s World Junior Figure Skating Championships will be held separately from Senior competition in Croatia.  Over 70 skaters among the junior ranks will compete for titles in men’s, ladies, pairs and ice dance.   This year’s event was highly anticipated in the ladies division. However, one of the skaters, Alena Kostornaya of Russia pulled out of the competition due to injury, preventing what might have been a Russian sweep. Unlike the Senior division, we’ll make our prediction on who will win their respective categories.


Men – Stephen Gogolev (Canada)

At only 14 years old, he almost did the unthinkable and won Canadian Nationals in Saint John, New Brunswick back in January.  He’s had a successful 2018-19 season, winning the Junior Grand Prix title.  He’ll have tougher competition this week, but he’s clearly the favorite.

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Ladies – Alexandra Tursova (Russia)

This skater continues to blow away Russian skaters in Senior competitions, including Olympic champions Alina Zagtova and world champions Evgenia Medvediva and Liza Tuktamysheva.   There’s no no reason why, barring injury, she can’t repeat as Junior Champion.

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Pairs – Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov (Russia)

The team has been unbeatable this season, winning all of their Junior Grand Prix assignments and taking the Junior Grand Prix Final. They finished third last season, so they have a lot to prove.

Ice Dance – Elizaveta Khudaiberdieva and Nikita Nazarov

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This team was flying high, winning at JGP Bratislava and JGP Czech Skate earlier in the year. They were on their way to a JGP Final win in Vancouver, when a miscue during the free dance dropped them to third. This weekend, they will make up for it, as one of the favorites to win.

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UPDATE: Torontocast Releases Geo-Block


Torontocast announced they’re releasing the Geo-Block on all of their servers.   That means listeners in the United States may be able to hear to our radio station without a Virtual Private Network present.

We’re not sure how long that will continue, but for now, we recommend purchasing a VPN subscription to prevent any disruptions to our internet radio stream.  Of course, none of this wouldn’t be necessary without putting pressure on SoundExchange and their heavy handed tactics on small broadcasters.

If you’re listening from the United States, you should be able to continue listening to Smooth Jazz and More, without a Virtual Private Network.  But we recommend maintaining your VPN subscription to prevent any disruption.

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Smooth’s Podium Picks – Four Continents Championship 2019


This is the final International competition before Worlds in March. The event returns to the United States for the first time since 2012, when it was held in Colorado Springs. It was also held in the US in 2006 and 2007. Last year, the event was held in Chinese Taipei. Last year, the event featured a number of skaters that weren’t going to the Winter Olympics. This year, a number of Olympians are using this event as a pre-cursor to next month’s Worlds.

sp-skate-a-20171119-870x676Men’s (Full Lineup): Japan’s Shoma Uno is the favorite this week in Anaheim. In last year’s event, he finished 2nd to eventual champion, Boyang Jin, who also returns to defend his title. Uno won his third consecutive Japanese title in December and was a 2nd place finisher in the Grand Prix Final. Jin, however, hasn’t had the season he hoped for in Grand Prix competition, with a 5th place finish in Helsinki and a 9th place finish in Grenoble, France. Jason Brown had a disappointing week at US Nationals with a 6th place finish, but he returns to 4CC to better his 3rd place finish last year. One skater that may make waves could be Korea’s Junhwan Cha. He had his best finish in Grand Prix action with a 3rd place finish in the Final with a personal best, 263.49.

Skaters to Watch: Nam Nguyen regained his Canadian men’s title last month and will be a contender for the podium. Teammate Keegan Messing looks to improve on his third place finish at nationals. Japan’s Keiji Tanaka was third at nationals and had two 8th place finishes in Grand Prix action. Teammate Kazuki Tomono had a third place finish at Rostelecom Cup in Moscow this fall and put in a personal best, 238.73. American Vincent Zhou was third at US Nationals last month.

Smooth’s Pick –
1. Shoma Uno (JPN)
2. Junhwan Cha (KOR)
3. Jason Brown (USA)

sp-jack-a-20171222-870x650Ladies (Full Lineup): Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto made a surprise splash last season by winning the 4CC crown. She returns to defend her title, and along the way, she continued her surprise run by upsetting two of the top Japanese skaters for the ladies national title in December. One of those skaters was Rika Kihira, who also surprised everyone in her first senior competitions, winning the Grand Prix Final. She came up short at nationals, finishing 2nd. Mai Mihara came up short of the podium at Japanese nationals, but with a 2nd place finish at Grenoble, France and as the 2017 4CC champion, Mihara makes it very likely of a Japanese sweep of the podium. One skate that could ruin that is American Bradie Tennell. She was upset last month at US Nationals by 13 year old Alysa Liu. But Tennell has put together a solid season, including a third place finish in Grenoble, France.

Skaters to Watch: One skater under the radar to look out for is Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan. She put up a season’s best, 200.74 at Finlandia and won her fifth straight national title. Korea’s Eunsoo Lim was 3rd at Rostelecom Cup, but was upset at nationals, finishing 3rd. Others to watch this week include Americans Mariah Bell and Ting Cui, Korea’s Yelim Kim (KOR) and Canada’s Alaine Chartand, who picked up her 2nd National title.

Smooth’s Pick –
1. Rika Kihira (JPN)
2. Kaori Sakamoto (JPN)
3. Mai Mihara (JPN)

wenjing-sui-and-cong-hanPairs (Full Lineup): Olympic silver medalists Wenjing Sui & Cong Han make their season debut. They sat out the Grand Prix season, as Sui recovered from a stress fracture in her foot. They look to grab their fifth 4CC title. Seven other teams vie for podium spots, including teammates Cheng Peng & Yang Jin. The team took silver at the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver, where they put up a season’s best, 216.90. Newly crowned Canadian Champions, Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro are favored to medal. They were 3rd at Skate Canada with a season’s best, 200.93. Two American teams could make it close. Newly crowned US champs Ashley Cain & Timothy Leduc were 3rd at Skate America this season. Defending 4CC Champions Tarah Kayne & Danny O’Shea look to recover from their “near-miss” at US Nationals, where they fell from 1st to 4th after a final failed lift.

Smooth’s Pick –
1. Wenjing Sui & Cong Han (CHN)
2. Cheng Peng & Yang Jin (CHN)
3. Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro (CAN)

gettyimages-635550800Ice Dance (Full Lineup): This will be a battle between American and Canadian teams. At the top of the list is the current Grand Prix Final champions, Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue. They look to continue their successful run internationally, which included wins at Skate Canada, Skate America and their 1st national title. Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje is one team that could stop their win streak despite sitting out the Grand Prix this season. They won their third Canadian championship and last won at 4CC in 2015. Teammates Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier are coming off their best season with two consecutive 3rd place finishes in the Grand Prix circuit and finishing a close 2nd at Canadian nationals. Americans Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker are the defending 4CC champions, but could see a tough path towards a repeat this year.

Teams to Watch: Two-time World medalists Madison Chock & Evan Bates return to the ice after missing the first half of the season, as Chock recovered from injury. They finished 2nd at US nationals. One team that could make a difference is Laurence Fournier Beaudry/Nikolaj Sorensen, who will skate for the first time internationally for Canada. Other teams competing this week are China’s Shiyue Wang & Xinyu Liu and Japan’s Misato Komatsubara & Tim Koleto.

Smooth’s Pick –
1. Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue (USA)
2. Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje (CAN)
3. Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier (CAN)

Results from US Nationals

Mens – 1/3 – Chen wins, while Zhou and Brown switched spots.
1. Nathan Chen
2. Jason Brown
3. Vincent Zhou

Ladies – 0/3 – Alysa Liu triple axeled her way to being the youngest US ladies champion.
1. Bradie Tennell
2. Mariah Bell
3. Courtney Hicks

Pairs – 0/3 – Cain and LeDuc wins, while the Knierims and Kayne & O’Shea fall from the podium.
1. Alexa and Chris Knierim
2. Tarah Kayne and Danny O’Shea
3. Ashley Cain and Tim LeDuc

Ice Dance – 3/3 – CALLED IT, 1-2-3
1. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue
2. Madison Chock and Evan Bates
3. Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-luc Baker

Juniors – 2/4 (Full Results)

Men – Ryan Dunk
Ladies – Gabriella Izzo
Pairs – Kate Finster and Balazs Nagy
Ice Dance – Eliana Gropman and Ian Somerville


Men – 1/3 – Fernandez ends his career on top.
1. Javier Fernandez (ESP)
2. Mikhail Kolyada (RUS)
3. Alexander Samarin (RUS)

Ladies – 0/3 – Samodurova upstages Zagitova for the win.
1. Alina Zagitova (RUS)
2. Sofia Samodurova (RUS)
3. Alexia Paganini (SUI)

Pairs – 2/3 – France wins their first pairs title in 82 years.  Russians go, 2-3.
1. Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres (FRA)
2. Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov (RUS)
3. Nicole Della Monica and Matteo Guarise (ITA)

Ice Dance – 3/3 – CALLED IT, 1-2-3
1. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (FRA)
2. Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin (RUS)
3. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri (ITA)

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Another Year, Another Birthday!

Ah, yes! January 28th is here again.

I’ve completely stopped counting birthdays after I turned 39, so I have no idea how old I am.  The great comedian Jack Benny wasn’t too fussy about celebrating birthday either after he turned 39.  The running gag was that he celebrated his 39th on his radio program and thought it was so much fun, he decided to do the same thing the next year, because “There’s nothing funny about 40.” Jack would continue to celebrate his 39th birthday, 41 times. In 1974 when Jack Benny passed away, the headlines read, “Jack Benny Dies – at age 39?”

Unlike his character on the radio, who was cheap, vain, petty, and self congratulatory, I wouldn’t consider myself as having those characteristics. But I never was thrilled with celebrating birthdays. It just seemed to be a reminder that nothing continues to be the same.

Today, I received a birthday dinner coupon from a restaurant down the street.  I’ll take advantage of it and enjoy the rest of the day off.  As I said last year and I’ll say it for as long as I live, I’m not looking forward to getting older. As we all get older, our bodies become harder to manage. We look back at the years and ask each other, “how did we get this old?” Some people grow graceful. I, for one, am taking the time to get everything I’ve always wanted to do out of the way before it all goes to shit.

Thanks, everyone for your continued birthday blessings!


Here are some folks who were also born on this day!

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Actress Ariel Winter in 1998.

Golden State Warriors Point Guard Andre Iguodala in 1984.

Elijah Wood
Actor Elijah Wood, of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in 1981.

Singer Nick Carter, formerly of the Backstreet Boys in 1980.

WWE Superstar, Sheamus in 1978.

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Singer Joey Fatone of the group, NSYNC in 1977.


Rapper Rick Ross in 1977.

Sarah McLachlan
Singer Sarah McLachlan in 1968

Rapper Rahim in 1968.

Figure Skater Denise Beillemann in 1963.


Liberal Radio Talk Show Host Randi Rhodes in 1959.


Movie Director Frank Darabont (The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption.) in 1959.


Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 1955.

Playboy Model Barbi Benton in 1950

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Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs Head Coach in 1949

Actress Susan Howard from the TV show, Dallas in 1944

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Businessman Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world in 1940.

Alan Alda
Actor Alan Alda, who played “Hawkeye” in the TV series, M*A*S*H in 1936.


And former baseball player and NY Yankees announcer, Bill White.  He announced this famous home run call in 1978.


Space Shuttle Challenger
On This Day In History: The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center in 1986. The images to this day still haunt me.

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Seven crew members perished, including Christa McAuliffe, who was trying to become the first school teacher in space.

On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first TV appearance.

After this performance, censors would televise Elvis’ next performance from the neck up.

Also born on this day were,

Painter, Jackson Pollock in 1912

Arthur Rubinstein
Pianist & Composer, Arthur Rubinstein in 1887

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and Henry VII who would rule England during the “House of Tudors”, in 1457.  His son, Henry VIII would succeed him.

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