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In 1962, in a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction i…

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In 1967, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters began two days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and more events that happened on th…

In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration in the U.S. motion pictu…

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In 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value, in what came to be known a…

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In 2011, Republican presidential candidates laced into each other in a debate; Mitt Romney emerged as still the person to beat, and more event…

In 1989, an earthquake measuring 6.9 in magnitude struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage, and mo…

The Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile …

In 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supr…

In 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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In 2010, rescuers in Chile using a missile-like escape capsule pulled 33 men one by one to fresh air and freedom 69 days after they were trapp…

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In 1973, President Richard Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as vice president, and m…

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Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard, and…

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In 2014, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives for the right of children t…

In 1967, Marxist revolutionary guerrilla leader Che Guevara, 39, was summarily executed by the Bolivian army a day after his capture, and more…

In 1998, the House triggered an open-ended impeachment inquiry against President Bill Clinton in a momentous 258-176 vote, and more events tha…

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In 2001, the war in Afghanistan started as the United States and Britain launched air attacks against military targets and Osama bin Laden’s t…

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In 2014, the Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States, and more events that ha…

In 2011, Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former chief executive who’d invented and master-marketed ever sleeker gadgets that transformed eve…

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In 2010, the Supreme Court began a new era with three women serving together for the first time as Elena Kagan took her place at the end of th…

In 1995, the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles found the former football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his former…

In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as the court opened its new term, and more events that …

In 2017, a gunman opened fire from a room at the Mandalay Bay casino hotel in Las Vegas on a crowd of 22,000 country music fans at a concert b…

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In 1962, James Meredith, a Black student, was escorted by federal marshals to the campus of the University of Mississippi, where he enrolled f…

In 2005, John G. Roberts Jr. was sworn in as the nation’s 17th chief justice after winning Senate confirmation, and more events that happened …

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In 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective antibiotic, and more events that happened on…

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