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1952

Elizabeth becomes Queen

On this day in 1952, after a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham. Princess Elizabeth, the oldest of the king's two daughters and next in line to succeed him, was in Kenya at the time of her father's death; she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953, at age 27. King George VI, the second son of King George... Read more >

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1952

George VI dies

After a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland succumbs to cancer. The second son of King George V, he became king in 1936 after his elder brother, King Edward VIII, voluntarily abdicated the throne to marry an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. During World War II, George worked to keep up British morale by visiting bombed areas and touring war zones. He and his wif... Read more >

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1928

Anastasia Tschaikovsky arrives in the US

On February 6, 1928, a woman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar of Russia arrives in New York City. Between 1918 and 1928, more than half a dozen other women had come forward claiming to be a lost heir to the Romanov fortune, so some reporters were understandingly skeptical of Tschaikovsky's claims. Nevertheless, she was treated ... Read more >

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1943

Mussolini fires his son-in-law

Wary of his growing antiwar attitude, Benito Mussolini removes Count Galeazzo Ciano, his son-in-law, as head of Italy's foreign ministry and takes over the duty himself. Ciano had been loyal to the fascist cause since its inception, having taken part in the march on Rome in 1922, which marked the Black Shirts' rise to power in Italy. He married Mussolini's daughter, Edda, in 1930; from there it... Read more >