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In 1964, the Beatles arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to begin their first American tour, and more events that happ…

In 1952, Britain’s King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his 25-year-old elder dau…

In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell stepped onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions, and m…

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In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference a…

In 1995, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off with a woman, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Eileen Collins, in the pilot’s seat for the first …

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In 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela, and more eve…

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In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members, and more events that happened on this day…

In 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite, Explorer 1, from Cape Canaveral, and more ev…

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In 1968, the Tet Offensive began during the Vietnam War as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese towns and citie…

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In 2005, a man parked his SUV on railroad tracks in Glendale, California, setting off a crash of two commuter trains, and more events that hap…

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In 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix, France, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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In 1984, Apple Computer began selling its first Macintosh model, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War, and would be formally signed four days later in …

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In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reag…

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In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an accord paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months, and …

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During World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succee…

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In 1994, the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake struck Southern California, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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In 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, and more events that happened on t…

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In 1967, the Sixties’ “Summer of Love” unofficially began with a “Human Be-In” involving tens of thousands of young people at Golden Gate Park…

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In 2021, President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House over the violent Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol, becoming the only president to b…

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In 2020, health authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan reported the first death from what had been identified as a new type of coron…