1818: Congress redesigns the American flag
Congress decided that United States flag should be redesigned, comprising 13 red and white stripes representing the original number of colonies plus 20 stars with a new star to be added to represent every new state of the Union.


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1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated

1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated
The civil rights leader was assassinated on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S., at the age of 39. A day before his death, the global peace icon (2nd R) had delivered his famous speech titled ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,’ saying: “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.” His shooter, James Earl Ray, was arrested on June 8 at the Heathrow Airport in London, England, and sentenced to life imprisonment.


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968: Apollo 6 is launched

1968: Apollo 6 is launched
Also known as AS-502, Apollo 6, the second A-type mission of the U.S. Apollo spaceflight program was launched. It eventually led to man’s first lunar landing. Placed atop a Saturn V launch vehicle, it was the final unmanned Apollo test mission. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission successfully landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.

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1974: Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s record
Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron (44) tied Babe Ruth’s home-run record on Opening Day at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. He started to run after hitting a home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jack Billingham to tie Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in the first inning. San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds moved within one home run of tying Babe Ruth on baseball’s career home run list at 714. Hank Aaron holds the all-time record with 755 home runs.

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1975: Microsoft is founded
Bill Gates (pictured) and Paul Allen founded Microsoft, which went on to become one of the leading personal computer operating system manufacturers in the world. Initially, the company’s base of operations was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S., before it moved to Bellevue in Washington state in 1979.


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1984: Ronald Reagan proposes international ban on chemical weapons

1984: Ronald Reagan proposes international ban on chemical weapons
President Ronald Reagan called for an international ban on chemical weapons. He said a rise in the use of chemical weapons had ”serious implications for our own security.’  He announced that the Administration would propose a treaty to ban the production, possession and use of such weapons worldwide.


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2006: Saddam Hussein is charged with genocide
Based on new charges of genocide against Kurds in the late 1980s, the Iraq tribunal announced that the former Iraqi president would face trial along with six co-defendants. Hussein was already on trail for the killing of 148 Shia Muslims in Dujail following an assassination attempt on him in 1982. He was eventually hanged in Baghdad on Dec. 30, 2006, for crimes against humanity.

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