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On this day: June 20

Published On: Jun 18 2013 05:25:54 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 20 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Lizzie Borden is acquitted of giving her mother "40 whacks," the U.S. Army Air Force is formed, the "red telephone" hotline is established, "Leave it to Beaver" airs its final episode, and "Jaws" has moviegoers reconsidering their beach vacations, all on this day.

OTD June 20 - Wernher von Braun
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1945: U.S. Secretary of State Edward Reilly Stettinius Jr. approves the transfer of Wernher von Braun (pictured) and his team of Nazi rocket scientists to America as part of the then-secret Operation Paperclip. Von Braun was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany during World War II and continued his work in the United States, earning the title the "Father of Rocket Science."

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