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In 2011, NASA’s Curiosity rover blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on an 8 1/2-month, 354 million-mile journey to Mars, and more events…

In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sal…

In 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and more events that happen…

In 1971, the People’s Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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In 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was shot to death during a motorcade in Dallas, and more events that happen…

In 1995, Balkan leaders meeting in Dayton, Ohio, initialed a peace plan to end 3 1/2 years of ethnic fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and more …

In 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey, and more events that happ…

In 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon, and more events that happened on this d…

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In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-to-3 that the state constitution guaranteed gay couples the right to marry, and more…

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In 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. W…

In 2006, Democrats embraced Nancy Pelosi as the first female House speaker in history, and more events that happened on this day in history.

In 1969, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington against the Vietnam War, and more events that happene…

In 1910, Eugene B. Ely became the first aviator to take off from a ship as his Curtiss pusher rolled off a sloping platform on the deck of the…

In 2019, the House Intelligence Committee opened impeachment hearings on efforts by Donald Trump and others to pressure Ukraine to investigate…

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In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal,…

In 1987, following the failure of two Supreme Court nominations, President Ronald Reagan announced his choice of Judge Anthony M. Kennedy, who…

In 1982, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, D.C., and more events that happened on t…

In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom or deliberate persecu…

In 2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in an astonishing victory for a cele…

In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Republican Thomas E. Dewey, and more events tha…

In 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln of the Republican Party was elected President of the United States, and more events that …

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In 2006, Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced by the Iraqi High Tribunal to hang for crimes against humanity, and more events that happe…

In 1979, the Iran hostage crisis began as militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran, seizing its occupants, and more events that h…

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In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair came to light as Ash-Shiraa, a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran,…

In 2000, American astronaut Bill Shepherd and two Russian cosmonauts, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, became the first residents of the int…

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