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The House Judiciary Committee voted to adopt the first article of impeachment against Richard Nixon, charging he had personally engaged in a c…

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In 1956, the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank off New England, some 11 hours after colliding with the Swedish liner Stockholm, and more events …

In 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device, and more even…

The Apollo 11 astronauts — two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon — splashed down safely in the Pacific, and more events t…

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In 1999, space shuttle Columbia blasted off with the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope and Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a U.…

In 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a son, Prince George, who became third in line to the British throne after Prince Charles and …

The 30-year-old space shuttle program ended as Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, Florida, after the 135th shuttle flight, and more events tha…

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar…

Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon, and more events that h…

In 2013, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow …

Following Nazi Germany’s surrender, President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill began meet…

In 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon, and more events that happened on this…

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In 1975, three American astronauts blasted off aboard an Apollo spaceship hours after two Soviet cosmonauts were launched aboard a Soyuz space…

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In 2015, world powers and Iran struck a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions, and more even…

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to be U.S. Solicitor General; Marshall became the first Black jurist appointe…

Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale announced his choice of Geraldine Ferraro to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman…

In 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the So…

In 2011, South Sudan became the world’s newest nation, officially breaking away from Sudan after two civil wars over five decades that had cos…

Atlantis thundered into orbit on a cargo run that would close out the three-decade U.S. space shuttle program, and more events that happened o…

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President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme C…

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom, and more events that happened on this day in history.

President Richard Nixon certified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which lowered the minimum voting age from 21 to 18, and more ev…

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and more events that hap…

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