In 1925, the so-called Tri-State Tornado killed some 700 people as it traveled from Missouri through southern Illinois and Indiana. In 1937, a natural gas leak at a school in New London, Texas, caused an explosion that killed several hundred students and teachers. In 1959, legislation admitting Hawaii as the 50th state of the Union was signed by President Dwight Eisenhower. In 1965, Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov made the first spacewalk. In 2008, then Senator Barack Obama, contending for the Democratic presidential nomination, gave a landmark campaign speech on the racial divide in the United States.
John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), politician; Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), 22nd and 24th U.S. president; Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov (1844-1908), composer; George Plimpton (1927-2003), writer; John Updike (1932-2009), writer; Irene Cara (1959- ), actress/singer; Mike Rowe (1962- ), TV personality; Vanessa L. Williams (1963- ), actress/singer; Bonnie Blair (1964- ), Olympic skater; Queen Latifah (1970- ), actress/rapper; Dane Cook (1972- ), comedian; Sutton Foster (1975- ), actress; Adam Levine (1979- ), musician/TV personality; Lily Collins (1989- ), model/actress
In 1995, Michael Jordan announced he would return to the NBA and the Chicago Bulls after a two-year retirement (during which he played minor-league baseball).
Hawaii is the only state with a unified statewide public school system; it has 292 schools (256 public and 36 charter) serving more than 179,000 students in the 2017-18 school year.
"Art has something to do with the arrest of attention in the midst of distraction." – George Plimpton
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