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Through the Decades April 12

On April 12, Bill Kurtis of Through the Decades turns the lens of time back to 1963 for the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Alabama using that time behind bars to pen his powerful and historic Letter from Birmingham Jail. Ellee Pai Hong recalls the many hurdles Disneyland Paris faced before finally opening its doors on this day in 1992, and Kerry Sayers looks back on the life of the boss Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the day of his death in 1945. Bill reflects on the mission to launch the first space shuttle in 1981, Columbia, which ushered in a new age of reusable space flight. Ellee recalls the story surrounding cargo ship captain Richard Phillips on the day he was rescued by Navy SEALs from Somali pirates, and Bill revisits when Congressman Harold Washington became Chicago's first African American Mayor in 1983. Ellee closes with a profile of David Cassidy best known for his role as Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family.

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