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1962–The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens in Seattle, Washington. It is the first World's Fair in the U.S. since World War II. This was the location for the Elvis Presley movie, It Happened at the World’s Fair. “The Top of The Needle” restaurant in the Space Needle, opens the same day. It is the second revolving restaurant in America. It seats 260 people and rotates completely once every hour.

BC 753–Romulus and Remus found Rome, Italy.

BC 43–In the Battle of Mutina, Mark Antony is again defeated in battle by Aulus Hirtius, who is killed. Antony fails to capture Mutina, and Decimus Brutus is murdered shortly after.

234–Emperor Xian of Han dies at age 52, 14 years after the fall of the Han dynasty.

586–Liuvigild, King of the Visigoths, dies in Toledo, Hispania, at age 67. Known for his Codex Revisus or Code of Leovigild, a unifying law allowing equal rights between the Visigothic and Hispano-Roman population, his kingdom covered modern Portugal and most of modern Spain, down to Toledo.

900–The Laguna Copperplate Inscription (the earliest known written document found in what is now the Philippines) allows the Commander-in-Chief of the Kingdom of Tondo, as represented by the Honorable Jayadewa, Lord Minister of Pailah, to pardon from all debt the Honorable Namwaran and his relations.

1073–Pope Alexander II dies in Rome, Papal States, Holy Roman Empire.

1092–The Diocese of Pisa is elevated to the rank of metropolitan archdiocese by Pope Urban II.

1213–Maria of Montpellier, Lady of Montpellier, Queen of Aragon, dies in Rome, Italy, at age 31.

1506–The three-day Lisbon Massacre comes to an end with the slaughter of over 1,900 suspected Jews by Portuguese Catholics.

1509–Henry VII of England dies of tuberculosis at Richmond Palace in London, England, at age 52. His son, Henry VIII, ascends to the throne.

1526–The last ruler of the Lodi dynasty, Ibrahim Lodi, is defeated and killed by Babur in the First Battle of Panipat.

1615–The Wignacourt Aqueduct is inaugurated in Malta.

1736–Prince Eugene of Savoy dies of pneumonia in Vienna, Austria, at age 72.

1782–The city of Rattanakosin, now known internationally as Bangkok, is founded on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.

1789–John Adams is sworn in as the first Vice President of the United States, nine days before George Washington is sworn is as President.

1790–Politician, Manuel Blanco Encalada, is born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was the first President of Chile.

1792–Tiradentes, a revolutionary leading a movement for Brazil's independence, is hanged, drawn and quartered.

1802–Twelve thousand Wahhabis, under Abdul-Aziz bin Muhammad, invade the city of Karbala, killing over 3,000 inhabitants, while sacking the city.

1806–A French frigate escapes British forces off the coast of South Africa.

1809–Two Austrian army corps are driven from Landshut by a First French Empire army, led by Napoleon, as two French corps to the north hold off the main Austrian army, during the Battle of Eckmühl.

1816–Novelist, Charlotte Brontë, is born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England. Her father was an eccentric Anglican minister; her mother died when she was five. There were four Brontë children: Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Bramwell. Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre in 1847; the following year her brother Bramwell died in September, then Emily in December, and Anne the following May.

1821–Benderli Ali Pasha arrives in Constantinople as the new Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire. He remains in power for only nine days before being sent into exile.

1830–James Starley, inventor of the bicycle, is born in Albourne, West Sussex, England. He was one of the most innovative and successful builders of bicycles and tricycles. His inventions include the differential gear and the perfection of the bicycle chain drive.

1836–In the Battle of San Jacinto, Republic of Texas forces, under Sam Houston, defeat troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.

1838–Naturalist, John Muir, is born in Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland. His family emigrated to America when he was 11, settling in Wisconsin. He was a naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park, and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. Places names in his honor include Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir, Muir Glacier, and John Muir Way in Scotland. He is considered the "father of the modern-day conservation movement."

1849–Embryologist, Oskar Hertwig, is born in Friedberg, Hesse, Germany. He discovered fertilization.

1856–The first railroad bridge across the Mississippi River is completed.

1856–Stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne, Australia, march from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight-hour day.

1857–A. Douglas patents the bustle.

1862–The U.S. Congress establishes the U.S. Mint in Denver, Colorado.

1865–President Abraham Lincoln's funeral train leaves Washington, D.C.

1892–The first buffalo is born in Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco, California.

1894–Norway formally adopts the Krag-Jorgensen bolt-action rifle as the main arm of its armed forces; a weapon that would remain in service for almost 50 years.

1898–The Spanish-American War begins with the U.S. Navy’s blockade of Cuban ports.

1899–Violinist, composer, and conductor, Efrem (Aleksandrovich) Zimbalist, is born in Rostov on Don, Russia. His son was actor, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and his granddaughter is actress, Stephanie Zimbalist.

1905–Politician, Edmund Gerald Brown, is born in San Francisco, California. He was the 32nd Governor of California (1959-1967) and the father of the 34th and 39th Governor of California, Jerry Brown.

1909–Psychologist, Rollo (Reece) May, is born in Ada, Ohio. He is often associated with humanistic psychology, existentialist philosophy, and (alongside Viktor Frankl) he was a major proponent of existential psychotherapy.

1910–Author, Mark Twain, dies of a heart attack in Redding, Connecticut, at age 75. He'd been born in 1835, along with the appearance of Haley's Comet, and, just as he predicted, he went out of this world when the comet made its way back. His works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

1911–Businessman, Ivan (DeBlois) Combe, is born in Fremont, Iowa. He invented Clearasil and Odor Eaters.

1914–A German arms shipment to Mexico is intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz.

1915–Actor, Anthony Quinn, is born Antonio Rodolfo Oaxaca Quinn in Chihuahua, Mexico. He appeared in the films Road to Singapore, Blood and Sand, They Died with Their Boots On, Road to Morocco, The Ox-Bow Incident, Back to Bataan, Viva Zapata!, La Strada, Lust for Life, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Wild is the Wind, Portrait in Black, The Guns of Navarone, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Lawrence of Arabia, Zorba the Greek, The Happening, The Shoes of the Fisherman, The Don is Dead, The Greek Tycoon, Revenge, Jungle Fever, and A Walk in the Clouds.

1918–German fighter ace, Manfred von Richthofen, known as “The Red Baron,” is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme, France.

1922–Jazz guitarist, (James) Mundell Lowe, is born in Shady Grove, Mississippi. He played with Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey, Bill Evans, Billie Holiday, Red Norvo, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, and Lester Young.

1924–Country singer, Ira Louvin, of The Louvin Brothers, is born Ira Lonnie Loudermilk in Rainsville, Alabama. The Louvin Brothers' songs were heavily influenced by their Baptist faith and warned against sin.

1925–The Manifesto of the Fascist Intellectuals is published in Il Mondo, establishing the political and ideological foundations of Italian Fascism.

1926–Al-Baqi cemetery, former site of the mausoleum of four Shi’a Imams, is leveled to the ground by Wahhabis.

1926–Queen Elizabeth II is born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor in London, England. She is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York. When her father ascended the throne in 1936 as George VI, she became heir apparent to the crown. She was born in a relatively modest London house, which was destroyed during the Blitz.

1930–A fire at Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio, kills 320 people.

1930–Donald J. Tyson is born in Olathe, Kansas. As President and CEO of Tyson Foods, he built his fathers Arkansas chicken feed and hatchery business into one of the largest producers of chicken, beef, and pork in the world.

1932–Comedy writer and actress, Elaine May, is born Elaine Berlin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She made her initial impact in the 1950s from her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May. Her films include Enter Laughing, The Graduate, A New Leaf, Such Good Friends, The Heartbreak Kid, Heaven Can Wait, California Suite, Reds, Tootsie, Ishtar, Dangerous Minds, The Birdcage, and Primary Colors. Her daughter is actress, Jeannie Berlin.

1934–The "Surgeon's Photograph," the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, is published in The Daily Mail.

1935–Actor, Charles Grodin, is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He appeared in the films The Young Marrieds, Sex and the College Girl, Rosemary’s Baby, Catch-22, The Heartbrerak Kid, 11 Harrowhouse, King Kong, Thieves, Heaven Can Wait, Seems Like Old Times, It’s My Turn, The Woman in Red, The Lonely Guy, Ishtar, Midnight Run, Beethoven, Heart and Souls, Dave, and Clifford.

1939–Pianist and composer, John McCabe, is born in Huyton, Liverpool, England. He created works in many different forms, including symphonies, ballets, and solo works for the piano.

1939–Actor, Reni Santoni, is born in New York, New York. He appeared in the films The Pawnbroker, Enter Laughing, Dirty Harry, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Bad Boys, Brewster’s Millions, The Pick-up Artist, Bright Lights Big City, Men Don’t Tell, The Late Shift, and Private Parts.

1941–Emmanouil Tsouderos becomes the 132nd Prime Minister of Greece.

1941–Greece surrenders to Nazi Germany.

1944–Women in France are given the right to vote.

1945–During World War II, Soviet forces south of Berlin, at Zossen, attack the German High Command headquarters.

1945–The Bihari brothers found Modern Records. Over the years, the label will become an R&B powerhouse, releasing discs by John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, and Etta James.

1946–Economist, John Maynard Keynes, dies of a heart attack in Tilton, East Sussex, England, at age 62. He was a British economist whose ideas have fundamentally affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and informed the economic policies of governments. His ideas are the basis for the school of thought known as Keynesian economics. Keynes's influence waned in the 1970s, but with the advent of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, there was a resurgence in Keynesian thought. Keynesian economics provided the theoretical underpinning for economic policies undertaken by President Barack Obama of the United States, Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom, and other heads of governments.

1947–Punk rocker, Iggy Pop, is born James Newell Osterberg, Jr. in Muskegon, Michigan. He is the vocalist of proto-punk band, The Stooges, and is known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics.

1948–The 2nd NBA Championship: The Baltimore Bullets beat the Philadelphia Warriors, 4 games to 2.

1948–Singer, Paul (Lavon) Davis, is born in Meridian, Mississippi. He had a big hit with the song I Go Crazy.

1949–Actress-singer, Patti (Ann) LuPone, is born in Northport, New York. She appeared on the stage in The Beggar’s Opera, The Three Sisters, Evita, Oliver!, Noises Off, Sweeney Todd, and Gypsy. She appeared in the films King of the Gypsies, 1941, Witness, Wise Guys, Driving Miss Daisy, Summer of Sam, and Company.

1951–The 5th NBA Championship: The Rochester Royals beat the New York Knicks, 4 games to 3.

1951–The Stanley Cup: The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1.

1951–Actor, Tony Danza, is born Antonio Salvatore Iadanza in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his roles on the TV sitcoms Taxi and Who’s the Boss. He appeared in the films The Hollywood Knights, Going Ape!, Cannonball Run II, She’s Out of Control, Meed Wally Sparks, and Crash.

1952–The BOAC begins it first jet passenger service.

1952–Secretary's Day is celebrated for the first time.

1954–Gregori Malenkov becomes Premier of the USSR.

1954–Actor, James (Paige) Morrison, is born in Bountiful, Utah. He is best known for the role of CTU Director Bill Buchanan on the TV series 24. He has also been seen on the TV shows Frasier, Quantum Leap, The X-Files, JAG, Murder She Wrote, The West Wing, and Six Feet Under.

1958–Portions of Montana receive a lot of snow: snowfall amounts range up to 55 inches at Red Lodge, 61 inches at Nye Mine, and 72 inches at Mystic Lake.

1958–Actress, Andie MacDowell, is born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell in Gaffney, South Carolina. She appeared in the films Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes, St. Elmo's Fire, Sex Lies and Videotape, Green Card, The Player, Short Cuts, Groundhog Day, Four Weddings and a funeral, Bad Girls, Michael, Beauty Shop, and Footloose.

1959–Michael Timmins, of The Cowboy Junkies, is born in Canada.

1960–Dick Clark, described as "the single most influential person" in the pop music business, testifies before the congressional committee looking into payola. He admits he had a financial interest in 27% of the records he played on his show in a 28-month period. Clark is ordered to sell off some of his conflicting interests, and his name is cleared.

1960–Brasilia becomes the capitol of Brazil. The capitol had been Rio de Janeiro.

1961–Folksinger, Cisco Houston, dies of cancer in San Bernardino, California. The influential troubadour traveled America with fellow folkie, Woody Guthrie.

1962–The Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens in Seattle, Washington. It is the first World's Fair in the U.S. since World War II. This was the location for the Elvis Presley movie, It Happened at the World’s Fair. “The Top of The Needle” restaurant in the Space Needle, opens the same day. It is the second revolving restaurant in America. It seats 260 people and rotates completely once every hour.

1963–The Beatles go to the Crawdaddy Club in London, England, to see The Rolling Stones. Impressed with the bad boys, The Beatles recommend them to their former publicist, Andrew Loog Oldham. Oldham will become manager of the group.

1964–A Transit-5bn satellite fails to reach orbit after launch. As it re-enters the atmosphere, 2.1 pounds of radioactive plutonium in its SNAP RTG power source is widely dispersed.

1965–The New York World's Fair opens for its second and final season.

1966–Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day within the Rastafari movement.

1967–A few days before the general election in Greece, Colonel George Papadopoulos leads a coup d'tat, establishing a military regime that lasts for seven years.

1967–Svetlana Alliluyeva defects in New York City. She is Josef Stalin's daughter.

1967–The Beatles are in the recording studio and they decide to record a short section of gibberish and noise to follow A Day in the Life, in the run-out groove of the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. They record a bunch of assorted noises and voices, and engineer, Geoff Emerick, chops up the tape and randomly re-assembles it and edits it backwards. At John Lennon's suggestion, they also insert a high-pitched 15 kilocycle whistle, audible only by dogs. Both of these additions are omitted from the American album. At long last, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is finished. The Beatles had spent 700 hours in the recording studio working on the album.

1969–John Lennon and Yoko Ono form Bag Productions, a film production company, that would function separately from Apple for their personal projects. They appoint Anthony Fawcett as their assistant.

1969–The 73rd Boston Marathon is won by Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan, with a time of 2:13:49.

1970–Canadian Pacific unveils Canada's first double-decker passenger train, with nine air-conditioned cars built by Canadian Vickers Limited, at a cost of $2.8 million.

1970–Elton John makes his stage debut as a solo act when he opens for T. Rex, Spooky Tooth, and Jackie Lomax at the Roundhouse in London, England.

1970–Slide guitarist, Earl Hooker, dies from tuberculosis in Chicago, Illinois, at age 41.

1971–Francois "Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, dies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at age 64.

1972–Astronauts, John Young and Charles Duke, explore the Moon. John Young is the ninth man to walk on the Moon. Thomas K. Mattingly II, is the Command Module Pilot for the mission. During the 11 day, 1 hour, and 51 minute mission, 213 lbs. of lunar material is collected.

1972–Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) is launched.

1975–The last South Vietnamese president, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigns after 10 years in office.

1975–The 79th Boston Marathon is won by Bill Rodgers of Massachusetts, with a time of 2:09:55.

1975–The 4th Boston Women's Marathon is won by Liane Winter of West Germany, with a time of 2:42:24.

1976–A Cadillac convertible, the last American-made rag-top automobile, rolls off the assembly line at GM’s Cadillac production facility in Detroit, Michigan.

1976–The USSR conducts a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh.

1977–The stage musical, Annie, opens on Broadway.

1977–Gummo Marx, of The Marx Brothers, dies from a cerebral hemorrhage in Palm Springs, California, at age 84. His death was never reported to his brother, Groucho, who by that time had become so ill and weak that it was thought the news would be a further detriment to his health. (Groucho would die four months later.)

1978–Folksinger, Sandy Denny, dies after falling down a flight of stairs at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, England, at age 31. She worked with the band Fairport Convention.

1980–The 84th Boston Marathon is won by Bill Rodgers of Massachusetts, with at time of 2:12:11.

1980–The 9th Boston Women's Marathon is won by Jacqueline Gareau of Canada, with a time of 2:34:28.

1981–The U.S. governments gives $1 billion in arms to Saudi-Arabia.

1982–Rollie Fingers, of the Milwaukee Brewers, becomes the first pitcher to record 300 saves.

1983–The £1 coin is introduced in the United Kingdom.

1985–The compound of the militant group, The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, surrenders to federal authorities in Arkansas, after a two-day government siege.

1985–Fashion designer, Rudi Gernreich, dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 62. His avant-garde clothing designs are generally regarded as the most innovative and dynamic fashion of the 1960s.

1986–Investigative reporter, Geraldo Rivera, opens Al Capone's vault on American TV and finds that it is empty.

1986–The 15th Boston Women's Marathon is won by I. Kristiansen of Norway, with a time of 2:24:55.

1986–The 90th Boston Marathon is won by Rob de Castella of Australia, with a time of 2:07:51.

1987–The Tamil Tigers are blamed for a car bomb that detonates in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo, killing 106 people.

1989–Thousands of Chinese crowd into Beijing's Tiananmen Square cheering 100,000 students who are demanding greater political freedom.

1989–George W. Bush and Edward W. Rose become CEOs of the Texas Rangers.

1990–Paul McCartney sets a new world record for attendance at a concert by a single artist at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janiero, drawing 184,000 fans.

1992–The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers, Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They had discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12.

1993–The Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentences former dictator, Luis García Meza, to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud, and violating the constitution.

1993–In California, a young surfer is saved from the riptide by Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann.

1993–Bill Wyman, formerly of The Rolling Stones, marries his third wife, 33-year-old fashion designer, Suzanne Accosta, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.

1994–The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan.

1995–The FBI arrests Timothy McVeigh and charge him with the Oklahoma City Bombing.

1995–Welsh entertainer, Tessie O'Shea, dies of congestive heart failure in East Lake Weir, Florida, at age 82. In the 1940s, she was a frequent headliner at the London Palladium, and established herself as a hit recording artist in the 1950s. In 1963, O'Shea was a guest on The Ed Sullivan Show, and she was popular enough that she came back in 1964, and shared the billing with The Beatles. Their joint appearance drew the largest number of viewers in the history of U.S. television, helping to bring her to American audiences.

1996–Oddsmaker, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, dies of a heart attack in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 77.

1997–The ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek) are launched into orbit in outer space.

1997–The 26th Boston Women's Marathon is won by Fatuma Roba of Ethopia, with a time of 2:26:23.

1997–The 101st Boston Marathon is won by Lameck Aguta of Kenya, with a time of 2:10:34.

1999–Actor-musician, Buddy Rogers, dies of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 95.

2000–Neal Matthews, Jr., of The Jordanaires, dies of a heart attack in his home in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 70. The vocal quartet offered a unique sound as backup singers on records for Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline.

2003–EMI and Universal Music sue the file-sharing service, Napster, for copyright violations.

2003–Jazz singer, Nina Simone, dies of breast cancer in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, at age 70. Some of her most popular recordings were I Loves You, Porgy, I Put a Spell on You, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, and Feeling Good.

2004–Pop singer, Michael Jackson, is officially charged with child molestation, after a California Grand Jury determines there is enough evidence to proceed with allegations made against him.

2004–Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, on the Shatt al-Arab between Kuwait and Iran, killing 74 people and wounding 160 others.

2010–The controversial Kharkiv Pact (Russian Ukrainian Naval Base for Gas Treaty) is signed in Kharkiv, Ukraine, by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. It will be unilaterally terminated by Russia on March 31, 2014.

2012–Two trains are involved in a head-on collision near Sloterdijk, Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, injuring 116 people.

2013–Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of The Divinyls, dies of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis in New York, New York, at age 53. The group’s biggest hit was I Touch Myself.

2013–Mathematician and astrologer, Shakuntala Devi, dies in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, at age 83. She popularly known as the "human computer." A child prodigy, her talent earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records. Her books include Astrology for You, Book of Numbers, and Puzzles to Puzzle You.

2013–Spiritual leader, Kriyananda, dies in Assisi, Italy, at age 86. He was a direct disciple of the yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, and in 1968, was the founder of Ananda Village as a World Brotherhood Colony on 40 acres of land near Nevada City, California. Yogananda made Walters a minister for his organization, the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), and authorized him to teach Kriya Yoga.

2014–The city of Flint, Michigan, switches its water source to the Flint River, beginning the ongoing Flint water crisis that causes lead poisoning in up to 12,000 people and 15 deaths from Legionnaires disease. It ultimately leads to criminal indictments against 15 people, five of whom are charged with involuntary manslaughter.

2016–Merriam-Webster announces the latest 2,000 words to the company's unabridged dictionary. Among them are: bitcoin, cold turkey, microbead, and wacky tobacky.

2016–Bongbong Marcos admits that his family is blocking the release of their alleged ill-gotten wealth, which included masterpiece paintings accumulated during the reign of his father, Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.

2016–The Bunyadi, a “pop-up” restaurant in London, England, where diners will be encouraged to eat in the nude, has a reservation waiting list of more than 13,000 people for its June opening. The restaurant will operate for three months.

2016–Musician, Lonnie Mack, dies of natural causes in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 74. He was a rock, blues, and country singer-guitarist. Best known for his 1963 instrumentals, Memphis and Wham!, he has been called a rock-guitar "pioneer" and a "ground-breaker" in lead guitar soloing.

2016–Musician, Prince, dies at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at age 57. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His biggest hits were Little Red Corvette, 1999, Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, Raspberry Beret, and Kiss. He also starred in the movies Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, Sign o’ the Times, and Graffiti Bridge.

2017–A second parchment manuscript of the United States Declaration of Independence is discovered by Harvard University researchers, in a record office in Chichester, England.

2017–A “space hamburger” is spotted for the first time, spinning around a young, hungry star 1,300 light years away from Earth.

2017–British sports retailer, Sports Direct, agrees to acquire the American retail chains, Bob's Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports, for $101 million out of bankruptcy.

2017–Arkansas executes Ledell Lee, the first inmate executed in the state since 2005.

2017–Talent agent, Sandy Gallin, dies of multiple myeloma at age 76. He managed the careers of Cher, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, and Whoopi Goldberg.

2018–The Irish firm, Smyths Toys, agrees to buy 93 Toys ‘R’ Us stores in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, along with four related online shops.

2018–Indian lawmakers approve capital punishment for men who rape children under the age of 12.

2018–Supercentenarian, Nabi Tajima, dies in Kikai, Japan, at age 117 (and 260 days). She was the last living person certified to have been born in the 19th century and the world's oldest living person from September 15, 2017, until her death. She remains the oldest recorded Japanese and Asian person in history and the world's third oldest person ever to be validated by modern standards. She stated that her longevity was due to sleeping soundly and eating delicious food.

2018–Performer, Verne Troyer, dies in Los Angeles, California, at age 49. He was notable for his height of 2 feet 8 inches, the result of cartilage-hair hypoplasia, which made him one of the shortest men in the world. He is best known for the role of Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series of comedy films. He also appeared in the films Baby’s Day Out, Dunston Checks In, Jingle All the Way, Volcano, Men in Black, RocketMan, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Mighty Joe Young, Bubble Boy, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Love Guru, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.


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