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1901

President McKinley dies of his wounds eight days after he is shot

On this day in 1901, US President William McKinley dies after being shot by a deranged anarchist during the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley won his first Congressional seat at the age of 34 and spent 14 years in the House, becoming known as the leading Republican expert on tariffs. After losing his seat in 1890, McKinley served two terms as governor of Ohio. By 1896, he h... Read more >

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1984

First MTV Music Awards are held

Music Video Television Music Video Music Awards!

You can forget about your Academy Awards and your Baftas and your Knighthoods and your Sainthoods and your Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme ‘woggles of hope’. There is obviously only one trophy that really matters to all member of the human race. I speak, of course, of the majestic Moonman, symbol of the mighty MTV Video... Read more >

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1982

Princess Grace dies

American actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly dies in France, as a result of injuries suffered in a car crash the day before. Born into a rich Irish-Catholic family in the United States, Grace Kelly possessed a regal bearing well before she became a princess or a film star. Her brief film career spanned six years, during which time she filmed 11 movies and won an Academy Award for The Country Gi... Read more >

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1914

Napoleon enters Moscow

One week after winning a bloody victory over the Russian army at the Battle of Borodino, Napoleon Bonaparte’s Grande Armée enters the city of Moscow, only to find the population evacuated and the Russian army retreated again. Moscow was the goal of the invasion, but the deserted city held no czarist officials to sue for peace and no great stores of food or supplies to reward the French soldi... Read more >

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1959

Soviet probe reaches the moon

A Soviet rocket crashes into the moon's surface, becoming the first man-made object sent from earth to reach the lunar surface. The event gave the Soviets a short-lived advantage in the "space race" and prompted even greater effort by the United States to develop its own space program. In 1957, the Soviets shocked the United States by becoming the first nation to launch a satellite into orbit a... Read more >