1982 : Graceland is opened to the public for the first time, almost five years after the death of Elvis Presley.
1954 : Ford Motor Company formed a styling team to take on the project of designing an entirely new car that would later be named the Edsel.
1977 : The Queen of England "Queen Elizabeth II" celebrates 25 years as the monarch and more than one million people line the streets of London to watch the Royal Family on their way to St. Paul's at the start of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations.
1923 : The Wisconsin Assembly is the first state to oppose absolute Prohibition when the Tucker Bill to repeal the state dry enforcement law is passed. Wisconsin had some of the largest breweries in the US in the Twenties and still is a major center for beer today.
1929 : Vatican City becomes a sovereign independent State. Vatican City is approx 110 acres with a population of around 800 and is ruled by the Bishop of Rome — the Pope. Vatican City also includes most of the area of St. Peter's Square. The Euro is the official currency of Vatican City with coins issued by the Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican City State featuring the effigy on the current pope on all coins.
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Born: Prince Rogers Nelson, June 7th, 1958, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: April 21st, 2016, Chanhassen, Minnesota
Known For : Prince was a talented multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, dancer, director, producer, and actor. He was well-known for his eclectic style of music, incorporating elements of all types of genres including funk, R&B, rock, pop, new wave, jazz, hip hop, soul, and classical. He was also known for his flamboyant looks and mysterious androgynous personality. His music was often considered experimental and he wrote several hit songs for himself and other artists. Some of his most well known songs include "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry," "Kiss," "Little Red Corvette," "1999," and "Let's Go Crazy."
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1939 : King George VI becomes the first British monarch to visit the United States when he and his wife, Elizabeth, visited New York City and Washington, D.C.
1942 : After a three day sea battle the United States destroy large numbers of Japanese Navy ships with the damage to only one US ship The USS Yorktown. The Commander-in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet, Admiral Chester Nimitz, said two enemy aircraft carriers ten Japanese warships were also sunk or damaged.
1955 : "The $64,000 Question" the popular US television game show that reached the number one rating spot in 1955 / 1956 begins. The contestant would choose a category to answer questions then be asked questions in the chosen category. Each question answered correctly would double the amount of money earned starting at $1, and going up to $64,000 after 17 correct answers.
1965 : Following the anti-birth control law passed in Connecticut, the case of Griswold v. Connecticut goes to the Supreme Court who struck down the anti-birth control law deeming it not constitutional.
1966 : The former actor Ronald Reagan enters politics when he is elected governor of California.
1972 : McGovern, who had swept the Democratic Party spring primaries, was one of the earliest and most vocal opponents of American policy in Vietnam and he made the ending of the Vietnam war one of the central issues of the campaign.
1977 : This is now the 16th day hostages have been held on a train in Assen by terrorists demanding the release of prisoners and a flight out of the country, they are also holding 4 teachers hostage in a local school.
1981 : Israeli aircraft bomb and destroy a French-built nuclear plant near Iraq's capital, Baghdad.
1992 : The United States is causing a storm at the UN Conference on Environment and Pollution as standing alone among the westernized world by refusing to sign the document to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The current Bush administration believes global warming is not a problem that can be proved.
1998 : James Byrd Jr, a 49-year-old African-American man accepts a ride from three drunk men Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King. Instead of taking him home, the three men beat up him behind a convenience store, tie him to their pickup truck with a chain and drag and kill him by dragging him for three miles.
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Born: Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, June 7th, 1958, Lausanne, Switzerland
Known For : The wife of Karl Thomas-Lothringen, who would have been emperor of Austria. They married in 1993 and have three children (Eleonor, Ferdinand and Gloria). She schooled in Switzerland and attended art college in London for a while. She was well known for her parties and dress sense, and has lived in the United States as well as Europe. She returned to Switzerland to look after her father's collection of artwork and collects contemporary art when he died, and founded the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna in 2002.
1998 : A terrorist bomb planted on a packed commuter train in Khairpur, Pakistan has left at least 23 dead and dozens more injured.
2002 : US President George W. Bush announces the new Department of Homeland Security to protect America from terrorist attacks. A single, permanent department with an overriding and urgent mission, securing the homeland of America and protecting the American people.
2005 : General Motors announced plans to cut twenty-five thousand jobs in the United States. The job cuts were aimed at saving billions of dollars in an attempt to stabilize the company's financial matters. General Motors had previously announced plans to cut twelve thousand other jobs in its European plants.
2007 : Hundreds of Chinese students staged riots in the Henan province clashing with police. The riots occurred by a number of university students after reports that a female student had been beaten by city inspectors for reportedly setting up a street stall without a license.
2007 : The US House of Representatives votes to ease restrictions on federal funds for stem-cell research. President George W Bush has vowed use his Veto for a second time because he believes stem cell legislation crosses a moral line. Scientists believe stem cell research will one day allow them to repair tissue affected by disease or injury and that the research could provide breakthroughs in the treatment of debilitating diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
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2009 : The Peruvian army set up curfews and checkpoints in the Amazon region after there were clashes between indigenous protesters and police. The protesters were upset at plans to drill for oil in the jungle region and had taken police officers hostage. At least thirty people had died as a result of the clashes, both officers and protesters.
2011 : Anthony Weiner, an US Congressman for the state of New York, admitted to sending inappropriate photos and communications with women online. Weiner admitted this after he had accidentally posted a close-up picture of his clothed genitals to Twitter, when he meant to send it as a private message to a woman. Weiner apologized and indicated regret and shame for his actions in a televised news conference. Weiner eventually stepped down from his post later in the month.
2012 : A large dock that was a part of a Japanese port washed up on the coast of Oregon in the United States after traveling through the Pacific Ocean. The dock was from the port of Misawa and was torn away from the port during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. The dock tested negative for radiation, however scientists say that it carried invasive marine organisms.
2012 : Denmark's parliament overwhelmingly approved a law allowing same-sex marriage, the law also covered same-sex weddings in the Church of Denmark. The country was the first in the world to recognize same-sex civil partnerships in 1989 but had not made any mention of same-sex marriage.
2013 : North Korea has announced it will reopen the Red Cross hotline between itself and South Korea, a key symbol of communication. The line had been shut down earlier in March of 2013.
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