The U.S. Constitution goes into effect, FDR reassures the nation, John Lennon gets into a popularity contest with Jesus, and Martha Stewart gets out of prison, all on this day.
1996: Country music comedian Minnie Pearl, who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and on the television show "Hee Haw" from 1969 to 1991, dies of complications from a stroke at the age of 83 in Nashville, Tennessee. Pearl, who was born Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, became famous for gentle satire of southern and hillbilly culture, wearing a hat with a price tag hanging from it and bellowing her catch phrase "How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E!"
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