Vikings sack Paris, the Hollywood Walk of Fame gets its first star, President Eisenhower dies, and Three Mile Island melts down, all on this day.
1969: Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States, dies of congestive heart failure at the age of 78 at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Before becoming president in 1953, Eisenhower had been a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. As president, he launched the Interstate Highway System, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which led to the Internet, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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