Author Kurt Vonnegut, shown in 1979 in New York City, died in 2007 at age 84. Marty Reichenthal/AP hide caption

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Thomas B. Reed was the larger-than-life speaker of the House during America's turbulent Gilded Age. His outspoken politics brought the position to prominence and forever changed the House of Representatives. Library of Congress hide caption

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Forty cars lined up for the start of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hide caption

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In 1974, Evel Knievel attempted a three-quarter-mile jump across Idaho's Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. He failed, but the highly promoted stunt helped him achieve celebrity status. AP hide caption

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Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Griffin Jr. was killed in March 2007 in Iraq by a sniper. Courtesy of Darrell Griffin Sr. hide caption

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