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2002: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro, becoming the first president of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution. During his visit, Carter delivered a speech to the Cuban public uncensored on national television and radio, calling on America to end its 40-year economic embargo against the country.
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2001: Singer and actor Perry Como dies in his sleep at age 88 in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida. During a career spanning more than half a century, Como sold millions of records and became a television pioneer, hosting a weekly musical variety TV show from 1949 until 1963. He won the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male, in 1959, won five Emmys in the 1950s and was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1990.
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1982: A day before the one-year anniversary of another attempt on his life, Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt when security guards stop bayonet-wielding Juan María Fernández y Krohn outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal. An ultraconservative Spanish priest opposed to reforms being undertaken at the Vatican, Fernández y Krohn later said he believed the pope had to be killed for being an "agent of Moscow." Fernández y Krohn subsequently left the priesthood and served three years of a six-year sentence.