On This Day In History...

Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K.
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  • 1926: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was born.
  • 1960: Brasilia became the capital of Brazil.
  • 1964: British tabloid Daily Mail published a supposed real-life photo of the mythical Loch Ness monster. It was later revealed as a hoax.
  • 1967: American automaker General Motors celebrated the manufacturing of its 100 millionth U.S. made car.
  • 1981: The U.S. supplied $1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia.
  • 1983: The 1 pound coin was introduced in the United Kingdom.
  • 1988: Famed musician Barbra Streisand recorded the hit song "You'll Never Know". 

Barbara Streisand.
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  • 1989: Some 100,000 students marched on Beijing's Tiananmen Square as part of a call for reforms by the Chinese government.
  • 1993: The nation of Brazil voted against monarchical rule.
  • 2016: Famed American singer Prince died of an accidental overdose at his home in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Prince was one of the best-selling artists of all time.
  • 2019: Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky won the country's presidential election in a landslide victory.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Photo credit: U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine, under Creative Commons license

Bonus - 1910: Famed American writer and humorist Mark Twain passed away.