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Robert Jenkins's ear was cut off, sparking the War of Jenkins’s Ear between Spain and England.


Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.


The first full-color film, The World, The Flesh and the Devil, was shown in London.


Contralto Marian Anderson, after being denied performing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., gave a concert at the Lincoln Memorial.


American and Philippine troops on Bataan were overwhelmed by Japanese forces during World War II. The "Bataan Death March" began soon after.


NASA announced the selection of America’s first astronauts, including Alan Shepard and John Glenn.


Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.


Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted of drug and racketeering charges.


American Marines pulled down Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad after U.S. commanders declared his rule ended.


Britain's Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles.

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