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Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific, and more events that happened on thi…

In 2013, two bombs made from pressure cookers exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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The “Black Sunday” dust storm descended upon the central Plains, turning a sunny afternoon into total darkness, and more events that happened …

Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst, and more events that happened on this …

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which included the Fair Housing Act, and more events that happened o…

The British liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage, and more events that happened on this day in…

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Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, and more events …

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The United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery, and more events that happened on this d…

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In 1966, the U.S. Navy recovered a hydrogen bomb that the U.S. Air Force had lost in the Mediterranean Sea, and more events that happened on t…

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In 2010, an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine near Charleston, West Virginia, killed 29 workers, and more events that happened on this da…

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, and mo…

In 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what turned out to be his final speech, and more events that happened on this da…

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President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy,” and more events t…

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The United States Air Force Academy was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and more events that happened on this day in history.

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At the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared, “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomin…

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley, Jr., and more events tha…

The last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s direct military involvement in the Vietnam War, and more events that…

America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant, and mor…

In 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest on record in North America) and tsunamis that together claimed about 130 …

A peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter …

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery after a five-day march from Selma to protest the …

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