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1997: Ellen DeGeneres comes out

Ellen DeGeneres told the world she was a lesbian on the cover of Time magazine. Then, her television character, Ellen Morgan, became the first openly LGBTQ+ lead in a sitcom. DeGeneres won an Emmy for writing the series, but her show was canceled a year later. In 2003, she started her long-running eponymous talk show and later received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-President Barack Obama.
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Lou Holtz in the Valley for Hall of Fame reopening

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) — Legendary football coach and East Liverpool native Lou Holtz was back in town Saturday. He was on hand at the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame, where he was joined by this year’s inductees. Holtz was also honored. A bronze bust of...
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Orrin Hatch, Utah's longest running US Senator, dies at 88

Former Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch died Saturday at the age of 88, according to the Hatch Foundation. The foundation said he passed away at 5:30 p.m. local time surrounded by family. A cause of death was not given. "Senator Orrin G. Hatch personified the American Dream," Matt Sandgren, Executive...

Holocaust survivor, Gerda Weissman Klein, dies age 97

Gerda Weissman Klein was only a teenager when Nazis invaded Poland and she was separated from her family and sent to a concentration camp. After being liberated by American troops, Weissman Klein spent her life keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive, eventually being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist remembers a life well lived.April 10, 2022.

Gerda Weissmann Klein Dies: Holocaust Survivor, Presidential Medal Of Freedom Recipient And Subject Of Oscar-Winning Film ‘One Survivor Remembers,’ Was 97

Click here to read the full article. Gerda Weissmann Klein, who as a teen survived the Holocaust before becoming an author, activist, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and subject of a 1995 Oscar-and-Emmy winning film, died yesterday according to that film’s director, Kary Antholis. She was 97. Born in 1924, Weissmann Klein was sent to Nazi forced-labor camps after the Germans occupied her native Poland. Shuffled through three different camps, she almost died from overwork. As Allied troops advanced, Weissmann Klein was one of 4,000 women sent on a forced death march away from liberation. The group marched through Poland, Germany...