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March 20, 2014

Curators gather famed signatures from US archives

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Frank Sinatra, for example, wrote to President George H.W. Bush in support of the president’s proposed constitutional amendment that would ban burning the American flag after the Supreme Court ruled burning was protected free speech.

“I applaud you long and loud for your reaction,” Sinatra wrote in a letter signed Francis Albert.

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson’s signature is in the archives at least once for his patent application for shoes he helped design with high ankle supports for a dance move in “Smooth Criminal.” The late king of pop wanted to be able to take a deep lean with his dancers without wire supports while they were on stage.

Adolf Hitler’s signature was captured in a will and marriage certificate seized by the Army shortly after the Nazi leader married Eva Braun and they committed suicide together.

The National Archives also is displaying important documents from U.S. history.

There’s the act of Congress signed by President Thomas Jefferson to abolish the international slave trade, a presidential proclamation admitting Missouri to the Union as a slave state and the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage that was initialed by Chief Justice Earl Warren.

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