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In 1960, the USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Virginia, and more events that happened…

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In 1955, a jury in Sumner, Mississippi, acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of murdering Black teenager Emmett Till. The two m…

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In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of…

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In 2017, Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years, struck the island, and more events that happened o…

In 1985, the Mexico City area was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed at least 9,500 people, and more events that happened on this …

In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberat…

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In 1862, more than 3,600 men were killed in the Civil War Battle of Antietam in Maryland, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft-evaders, and more events that ha…

In 1963, four Black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, an…

In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly film star Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before, and more events…

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In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur died at a Las Vegas hospital six days after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting, and more events that happened …

In a speech at Rice University, President John F. Kennedy declared: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not b…

Nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida hijackers seized control of four jetliners, sending two into New York’s World Trade Center, one…

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In 1963, 20 Black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace, and mor…

In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning a siege that ended up…

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In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon covering his entire term in of…

In 1940, Nazi Germany began its eight-month blitz of Britain during World War II with the first air attack on London, and more events that hap…

In 2006, President George W. Bush acknowledged for the first time that the CIA was running secret prisons overseas, and more events that happe…

Four days after war had broken out in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation declaring U.S. neutrality in the conflict,…

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In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus used Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine Black students from entering all-white Central High Schoo…

Allied forces invaded Italy during World War II, the same day Italian officials signed a secret armistice with the Allies, and more events tha…

In 2005, a National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina, and more even…

In 1945, Americans received word of Japan’s formal surrender that ended World War II, and more events that happened on this day in history.

In 2010, President Barack Obama ended the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, declaring no victory after seven years of bloodshed, and more events th…

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