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Real-life 'A League of Their Own' players celebrate 75th anniversary

Real-life 'A League of Their Own' players celebrate 75th anniversary

Sports
June 5 (UPI) -- It wasn't a hard decision to make at the time for 15-year-old Katie Horstman: Stay home to babysit, milk cows and feed the hogs, or become a professional baseball player? She chose the latter, of course, but the cow milking still came in handy. Horstman, 83, calls what happened next the greatest part of her life. The former Fort Wayne Daisies star played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for the final four years of its existence. The league, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, would later serve as the inspiration for the iconic film A League of Their Own. The original players will be participating in interviews, events, appearances at the MLB All-Star FanFest, and throwing out first pitches, all leading up to a league reunion in September. Hor...
Putin leads ceremonies at 75th anniversary of Stalingrad battle

Putin leads ceremonies at 75th anniversary of Stalingrad battle

World
Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin led celebrations Friday to mark the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II's pivotal Battle of Stalingrad.Putin laid wreaths at monuments and was the guest of honor at military parades and memorial observances. His major address concentrated on Russian patriotism and sacrifice for the country.The battle between defending troops of the Soviet Union and invading Nazi Germany lasted seven months in the winter of 1942-1943. The city's proximity to oil fields and the symbolic attachment to overtaking an area named for Soviet leader Josef Stalin were the Nazi motivations to invade the city.Stalin refused to evacuate the citizens of the city now named Volgograd, and civilian casualties were high. Many died of starvation. Nearly 2.2 million peo...
First black astronaut honored on 50th anniversary of death

First black astronaut honored on 50th anniversary of death

Technology
America's first black astronaut, Air Force Maj. Robert Lawrence Jr., finally got full honors Friday on the 50th anniversary of his death. Several hundred people gathered at Kennedy Space Center to commemorate Lawrence, who almost certainly would have gone on to fly in space had he not died in a plane crash on Dec. 8, 1967. The crowd included NASA dignitaries, astronauts, fellow Omega Psi Phi fraternity members, schoolchildren, and relatives of Lawrence and other astronauts who have died in the line of duty. Lawrence was part of a classified military space program in the 1960s called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, meant to spy on the Soviet Union. He died when his F-104 Starfighter crashed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He was 32. Astronauts at Friday's two-hour ceremony said La...
18 Food Finds to Buy During Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale

18 Food Finds to Buy During Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale

Health
From July 21 through August 6, Nordstrom is dropping prices in honor of their anniversary, and we can't wait. For now, Nordstrom rewards members get early access starting July 13 through July 20, and we took a sneak peak at all the deals to choose the best ones for you.You can shop "trend setter" pages like those curated by Ashley Graham, Hana Mae Lee, and Russel Wilson, but we prefer to find our own way to the best food-themed, kitchen-ready, summer-making home must-haves. Here are our favorite finds to snap up during the Nordstrom sale.'Romance' Picnic Basket; nordstrom.comSale Price: $ 74.90After Sale: $ 112.00Live out your favorite romantic fantasy with this old school picnic basket. Full of glassware, cutlery, plates, and more, you'll have a romantic getaway you'll cherish forever. As
Turkey to mark anniversary of coup attempt

Turkey to mark anniversary of coup attempt

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceEvents will be held in Turkey later to mark the first anniversary of a failed coup in which at least 260 people died and 2,196 were wounded.A faction of the army tried to seize power from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but the attempt collapsed.Since the coup, the government has dismissed more than 150,000 employees from state institutions in a purge that continued until the anniversary's eve.It has rejected criticism, saying it had to root out coup supporters.But the purge, as well as a wave of 50,000 arrests alongside it, have galvanised opposition. The human impact of Turkey's purgesThe officers who cannot go homeCritics say Mr Erdogan is using the purges to stifle political dissent, and last week hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Is...