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What Happened Today in History

Historical Events

  • 1888 The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. for "the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge"
  • 1924 Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow
  • 1944 Siege of Leningrad lifted by the Soviets after 880 days and more than 2 million Russians killed
  • 1945 Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland
  • 1973 US & North Vietnam's William Rogers & Nguyen Duy Trinh sign cease-fire, ending longest US war and military draft
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Today in Film & TV

  • 1970 Movie rating system modifies "M" rating to "PG"

Today in Music

  • 1956 RCA records releases Elvis Presly single "Heartbreak Hotel", his first million-seller (written by Mae Boren Axton and Tommy Durden)

Today in Sport

  • 1894 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
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Peruvian ambassador Ricardo Rivera-Schreiber warns American Ambassador of Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor

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Famous Weddings

  • 1186 Henry VI, the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, weds Constance of Sicily
  • 1937 Musician Nat King Cole (17) weds dancer Nadine Robinson in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • 1996 "ER" TV actress Yvette Freeman (39) weds musical director Lawny Hartley (49) in Dunleith, Delaware

Famous Divorces

  • 1997 "Wall Street" actor Charlie Sheen (31) divorces model Donna Peele after nearly 5 months of marriage
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