River Phoenix

River Jude Phoenix was an American actor and animal activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, Summer Phoenix. Phoenix's work encompassed 24 films and television appearances, his rise to fame led to his status as a "teen idol", he began his acting career in television commercials. He starred in the science fiction adventure film Explorers and had his first notable role in 1986's Stand by Me, a coming-of-age film based on the novella The Body by Stephen King. Phoenix made a transition into more adult-oriented roles with Running on Empty, playing the son of fugitive parents in a well-received performance that earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, My Own Private Idaho, playing a gay hustler in search of his estranged mother. For his performance in the latter, Phoenix garnered enormous praise and won a Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, along with Best Actor from the National Society of Film Critics. On October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed and died of combined drug intoxication following a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room at the age of 23.

At the time of his death, Phoenix was acting in Dark Blood, released in 2012. Phoenix was born on August 23, 1970 in Madras, the first child of Arlyn Dunetz and John Lee Bottom. Phoenix's parents named him after the river of life from the Hermann Hesse novel Siddhartha, he received his middle name from the Beatles' song "Hey Jude". In an interview with People, Phoenix described his parents as "hippieish", his mother was born in New York to Jewish parents whose families had emigrated from Russia and Hungary. His father was a lapsed Catholic from Fontana, California, of English and French ancestry. In 1968, Phoenix's mother travelled across the United States. While hitchhiking in California she met John Lee Bottom, they married than a year after meeting. Phoenix's family moved cross country when he was young. Phoenix was raised in Micanopy, Florida, a small town outside Gainesville, where they lived in poverty. Phoenix has stated that they lived in a "desperate situation." Phoenix played guitar while he and his sister sang on street corners for money and food to support their ever-growing family.

Phoenix never attended formal school. Screenwriter Naomi Foner commented, "He was totally without education. I mean, he could read and write, he had an appetite for it, but he had no deep roots into any kind of sense of history or literature." George Sluizer claimed. In 1973, the family joined a religious cult named the Children of God; the family had settled in Caracas, Venezuela where the Children of God had stationed them to work as missionaries and fruit gatherers. Although Phoenix talked about the cult, he was quoted by Arlyn Phoenix in a 1994 Esquire article as having said "They're disgusting, they're ruining people's lives." According to Vanity Fair magazine, Phoenix was raped at the age of four. In an interview with Details magazine in November 1991, Phoenix stated he lost his virginity at age four while in the Children of God, "but I've blocked it out." Years his brother Joaquin would claim that River was joking saying "It was a complete and total joke. It was just fucking with the press.

It was a joke, because he was so tired of being asked ridiculous questions by the press."Arlyn and John grew disillusioned with the Children of God. He sought to attract rich disciples through sex. No way." In the late 1970s, River's family moved in with Arlyn's parents in Florida. The family changed their name to Phoenix, after the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes, symbolizing a new beginning. Back in the United States, Arlyn began working as a secretary for an NBC broadcaster and John as an exteriors architect. Talent agent Iris Burton spotted River and their sisters Summer and Rain singing for spare change in Westwood, Los Angeles, was so charmed by the family that she soon represented the four siblings. River started doing commercials for Mitsubishi, Ocean Spray, Saks Fifth Avenue, soon afterward he and the other children were signed by casting director Penny Marshall from Paramount Pictures. River and Rain were assigned to a show called Real Kids as warm up performers for the audience.

In 1980, Phoenix began to pursue his work as an actor, making his first appearance on a TV show called Fantasy singing with his sister Rain. In 1982, River was cast in the short-lived CBS television series, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, in which he starred as the youngest brother, Guthrie McFadden. River arrived at the auditions with his guitar and promptly burst into a convincing Elvis Presley impersonation, charming the show producer. By this age, Phoenix was an accomplished tap dancer. A year after Seven Brides ended in 1983, Phoenix found a new role in the 1984 television movie Celebrity, where he played the part of young Jeffie Crawford. Although he was only onscreen for about ten minutes, his character was central. Less than a month after Celebrity came the ABC Afterschool Special: Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia. River starred as a young boy. Joaquin starred in a small role alongside his brother. In September, the pilot episode of the short-lived TV series It's Your Move aired. Phoenix was cast as Brian and only had one line of dialogue.

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Anna Cruz

Anna Cruz Lebrato is a Spanish professional basketball player with the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. She plays for Minnesota Lynx and Spain's national basketball team, she won the 2017 EuroLeague and the 2017 EuroBasket. Cruz started playing basketball in clubs in her hometown Barcelona, making the debut in the Spanish top tier league with UB-Barça at 16, still a junior. Despite winning two leagues in 2003 and 2005, the lack of playtime prompted her to move to CB Ciudad de Burgos, but in her third season there the team was relegated and she went back to Barcelona to play at CB OlesaEspanyol, she played the following four seasons at Rivas Ecópolis in Madrid, winning two Spanish Cups in 2011 and 2013 and playing the four seasons in the EuroLeague. She moved abroad in 2013 to play for Russian team Nadezhda Orenburg, where she remained for three seasons. Since the summer of 2014 she has combined the European season with the WNBA, first at New York Liberty and with the Minnesota Lynx since 2015, winning the WNBA championship once.

She chose not to play the WNBA season with the Lynx. At Dynamo Kursk between 2016 and 2019, she won her first Euroleague. Title in 2017 under coach Lucas Mondelo. She's been playing for Fenerbahçe since 2019. Cruz started playing with Spain's youth teams at 17, winning a total of three medals from 2004 to 2007, she made her debut with the senior team in 2009at 22. Up to 2017, she had 130 caps with 7 PPG, participating in the Rio 2016 Olympics, two World Championships and five European Championships: 2004 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship 5th 2005 FIBA Under-19 World Championship 4th 2006 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship 9th 2007 FIBA Under-21 World Championship 2009 Eurobasket 2010 World Championship 9th 2011 Eurobasket 2014 World Championship 2015 Eurobasket 2016 Summer Olympics 2017 Eurobasket 2018 World Championship 2019 EurobasketHer buzzer-beater shot against Turkey in the 2016 Rio Olympics quarter-finals is one of her key shots with the national team. WNBA profile FIBA Europe profile Eurobasket profile Anna Cruz at Olympics at Anna Cruz at FIBA

Funeral and burial of Abraham Lincoln

After the April 14, 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, a three-week series of events mourned his death and memorialized his life. Funeral services and lyings in state were held in Washington, D. C. and in additional cities as a funeral train transported his remains for burial in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln's eldest son Robert Todd rode the train to Baltimore and disembarked and returned to the White House. Lincoln's wife Mary Todd Lincoln remained at the White House because she was too distraught to make the trip. Robert took a train to Springfield for his father's final funeral and burial; the remains of Lincoln's younger son, William Wallace Lincoln were placed on the train, which left Washington, D. C. on April 21 at 12:30 pm and traveled 1,654 miles never exceeding 20 mph to the final stop at Springfield, arriving on May 3. Several stops, in principal cities and state capitals, were made along the way in which ceremonies and processions were held.

The train retraced the route Lincoln had traveled to Washington as the president-elect on his way to his first inauguration, more than four years earlier. Millions of Americans viewed the train along the route, participated in the ceremonies and processions. Lincoln was interred on May 1865 at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield; the site of the Lincoln Tomb, now owned and managed as a state historic site, is marked by a 117-foot -tall granite obelisk surrounded with several bronze statues of Lincoln, soldiers and sailors constructed by 1874. Mary Todd Lincoln and three of their four sons, Willie and Tad are buried there. After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's body was carried by an honor guard to the White House on Saturday April 15, 1865, he lay in state in the East Room of the White House, open to the public on Tuesday, April 18. On April 19, a funeral service was held and the coffin, attended by large crowds, was transported in a procession down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol Rotunda, where a ceremonial burial service was held.

The body again lay in state on the 20th and on the early morning of the following day a prayer service was held for the Lincoln cabinet officials. At 7 a.m. on Friday, April 21, the Lincoln coffin was taken by honor guard to the depot. Edwin M. Stanton, Gideon Welles, Hugh McCulloch, John Palmer Usher, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, Montgomery C. Meigs left the escort at the depot, at 8 A. M. the train departed. At least 10,000 people witnessed the train's departure from Washington; the funeral train had nine cars, including a baggage car, hearse car, the President's car, built for use by the president and other officials and containing a parlor, sitting room, sleeping apartment. The President's carried the coffins of Lincoln and his son. New locomotives were substituted at several points; the Department of War declared the railroads used as military roads. Only persons authorized by the State Department were allowed to travel on the train, limited to 20 miles an hour for safety. A pilot train preceded it to ensure the track was clear.

Five relatives and family friends were appointed to accompany the funeral train: David Davis, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. An honor guard accompanied the train. Caldwell, Alfred Terry, George D. Ramsey, Daniel McCallum. Four accompanied the train in a logistics capacity: Captain Charles Penrose, as quartermaster and commissary of subsistence. S. Marshal for the District of Columbia. Governor Oliver P. Morton of Indiana. Lincoln's funeral train was the first national commemoration of a president's death by rail. Lincoln was observed and honored by the citizens and visitors of Washington, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Illinois in the following cities: The train passed 444 communities in 7 states. RemarksRemark #1: April 15–19, 1865: body of the deceased president in the White House. An escort of cavalry Union Light Guard, under the command of Lieutenant James B. Jameson, accompanied the remains, which were followed by Generals Augur, commanding Department of Washington.

A. G. Hancock's corps, Captain D. G. Thomas, clothing depot, Captain J. H. Crowell and Captain C. Baker, all walking bareheaded; the hearse moved up 10th street to G, thence to the White House. The martyred president's autopsy was performed in a second floor guest room by army pathologist J. Janvier Woodward and his assistant Edward Curtis.