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The espionage trial of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo in the “Pentagon Papers” case came to an end as Judge William M. Byrne dismissed all …

In 2010, President Barack Obama introduced Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, billing her as a unifying force for a fractured court, and more …

1980, 35 people were killed when a freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, and more events that happened on thi…

President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered, and that “the flags of freedom fly all over Europe,” …

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Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, ending its role in World War II, and more events that happ…

In 1937, the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed while attempting to dock, and more events that happened on this…

In 1945, Denmark and the Netherlands were liberated as a German surrender went into effect, and more events that happened on this day in history.

In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire during an anti-war protest at Kent State University, and more events that happened on this day in…

In 1994, Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa’s first democratic elections, and more events that happened on this day in…

In 2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden during a U.S. commando operation, and more events that happened on this…

George Washington took the oath of office in New York as the first president of the United States, and more events that happened on this day i…

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In 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating o…

In 1952, war with Japan officially ended as a treaty signed in San Francisco the year before took effect, and more events that happened on thi…

In 1978, 51 construction workers plunged to their deaths when a scaffold inside a cooling tower at the Pleasants Power Station site in West Vi…

An explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine caused radioactive fallout to begin spewing into the atmosphere, and mor…

During World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany’s defenses, an…

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Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times, was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis, and more even…

In 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 workers and caused a blow-out that began spewing crude oil into the Gulf…

Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning colonists that British Regular troops were approaching…

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…

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