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shakespeare’s birthplace

from william shakespeare posted in history by speedy_dee

Although the specific date is unknown (most agree it was April 23, 1564 since he was baptized three days later on April 26), it is widely believed that William Shakespeare was born in this house. He lived in it throughout his childhood and for the first five years of his marriage to Anne Hathaway.

John Shakespeare (WIlliam's father) has documented ownership of the building as early as 1552, when he was fined for leaving a pile of muck on Henley Street. John was a wool merchant and glove maker who lived and worked out of the building with his family.

Today, the restored building has tours and an associated museum and is owned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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martin luther king, jr. birthplace

from civil rights movement, mlk posted in history by donkeyoti

On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in this two-story Queen Anne style house owned by his maternal grandparents. Located in the neighborhood known as “Sweet Auburn," King lived here for the first twelve years of his life, while his father was pastor of the Ebeneezer Baptist Church down the street.

Today, the home has tours and is managed by the National Park Service.

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little rock central high school

from civil rights movement posted in history by donkeyoti

On September 23, 1957, the Little Rock Central High School was the focal point of the nascent civil rights movement in the United States as nine African-American students tried to enter the newly integrated public school.

The site of the first implementation of the Supreme Court's decision on Brown vs Board of Education, the nine students met consider opposition from over 1,000 white protestors who had been drummed up by then Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus. President Eisenhower had dispatched 1,200 members of the 101st Airborne Division to escort the students into the school. The Little Rock Nine entered the school and made history.

The school now houses a museum dedicated to the event, and continues to function as an educational institution to this day.

Interestingly, the Little Rock Central Band and Flag Line were selected to participate in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade for Barack Obama.

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san diego zoo

from the beach boys, pet sounds posted in music by crabapple

The cover for The Beach Boys experimental 1966 album Pet Sounds was shot at the San Diego Zoo. The shot was taken by photographer George Jerman on Feb 15, 1966.

From the liner notes: "The photos of The Beach Boys feeding an assortment of goats was a play on the album's chosen title, Pet Sounds."

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cla building

from gattaca posted in movies by pete_nice

The exterior of Vincent Freeman's house in the 1997 film Gattaca is the CLA Building on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.

The building was designed by Antoine Predock in the Futurist style and completed in 1993. Due to recent structural flaws surfacing, as well as the placement of the building on an active fault line, the building is scheduled for demolition.

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