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Jo Hale/Getty Images 2016: Rock musician and actor David Bowie, a major figure for more than four decades in the world of popular music, dies of cancer at age 69. Some of Bowie’s hit songs included “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Golden Years,” “Let’s Dance” and “China Girl.” He also appeared in movies such as “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” “Labyrinth” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.” His surprise death following an 18 month battle with cancer came two days after his last album, “Blackstar,” was released on his 69th birthday. [ + ]

White House photo by Eric Draper 2007: President George W. forces to Iraq. He would be declared missing the following day and his body would be found in New York City’s East River in March 2004. It’s believed that Gray, who had been suffering from increasingly deep episodes of clinical depression resulting from injuries suffered in a June 2001 car accident, committed suicide by jumping off the side of the Staten Island Ferry. He was best known for his monologues, three of which were turned into the movies “Swimming to Cambodia,” “Monster in a Box” and “Gray’s Anatomy.” He also appeared as an actor in movies such as “The Killing Fields,” “Beaches,” “Straight Talk” and “The Paper.” [ + ]

Chris Hondros/Getty Images 1990: Time Warner is formed from the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications. [ + ]

Wolfgang Stuck via Wikimedia Commons 1984: The United States and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations after a lapse of 117 years. The United States had maintained consular relations with the Papal States from 1797 to 1867, but those relations lapsed when Congress passed legislation on Feb. diplomatic missions to the Holy See because of mounting anti Catholic sentiment in America. [ + ]

Scott Olson/Getty Images 1984: The “Fluffy Bun” commercial for the Wendy’s fast foot chain, featuring actress Clara Peller asking “Where’s the Beef?,” airs for the first time. The catchphrase caught on, inspiring sequel ads, promotional items and even a hit novelty single. [ + ]

ABC Television Network via Wikimedia Commons 1982: Comedian and actor Paul Lynde, best known for his roles on the sitcom “Bewitched” and in the musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” dies of heart attack at age 55 in Beverly Hills, California. Lynde was also the regular “center square” guest on the game show “Hollywood Squares” from 1968 to 1981. [ + ]

Doug Fulton via Wikimedia Commons 1976: Blues singer and musician Howlin’ Wolf, known for such blues standards as “Smokestack Lightnin’,” “Little Red Rooster,” “Back Door Man,” “Killing Floor” and “Spoonful,” dies from complications of kidney disease at the age of 65 in Hines, Illinois. His real name was Chester Arthur Burnett. [ + ]

Public domain via Wikimedia Commons 1971: French fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, who founded the Chanel Company, dies at age 87 in Paris, France. Her influence expanded beyond just clothing to jewelry, handbags and fragrance, with her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, becoming an iconic product. She’s seen here in 1920. [ + ]

Getty Images 1969: Unable to tolerate any longer the tensions within the group, George Harrison walks out during recording sessions for what would become the “Let It Be” album and quits the band for five days, making him the second Beatle to do so. Ringo Starr had left the group for a brief period a year earlier. [ + ]

NASA via Wikimedia Commons 1968: The Surveyor 7 space probe makes a soft landing on the moon. It was the last of America’s unmanned explorations of the lunar surface. Congress via Wikimedia Commons 1967: Sen. Edward W. Senate by popular vote, takes his seat. Brooke, who served two terms, would remain the only black person sent to the Senate in the 20th century until Democrat Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois in 1993. [ + ]

Getty Images 1964: The Beatles’ first album in the United States, “Introducing. The Beatles,” is released. The album, released by Vee Jay Records 10 days before Capitol Records’ “Meet the Beatles!,” was the subject of much legal wrangling. Ultimately, Vee Jay was permitted to sell the album until late 1964, by which time it had sold more than 1.3 million copies. [ + ]

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images 1953: Singer Pat Benatar, a four time Grammy winner whose hits include the 1980s songs “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Invincible,” is born in Brooklyn, New York. Benatar is seen here in 2012. A single could play eight minutes of sound per side. Columbia had introduced the 12 inch long playing vinyl 33 rpm as a new format the previous year and both formats greatly improved upon the old 78 rpm records, which were limited to only five minutes per side on a 12 inch disk. The 45 rpm singles would soon find favor among the youth and became even more successful with the onset of rock ‘n’ roll. [ + ]

Getty Images 1949: Linda Susan Boreman, better known by her stage name Linda Lovelace and for her role in the enormously successful 1972 adult film “Deep Throat,” is born in Yonkers, New York. In her third autobiography, 1980’s “Ordeal,” she claimed she had been hypnotized, beaten and threatened at gunpoint to have sex in front of the cameras and spent the rest of her life campaigning against pornography. “Deep Throat” achieved unprecedented popularity among mainstream audiences and quickly became a pop culture reference, most notably when then Washington Post managing editor Howard Simons chose the film’s title as the pseudonym for a Watergate informant. Boreman died at the age of 53 on April 22, 2002, from injuries she suffered in a car accident 19 days earlier. [ + ]

Scott Gries/Getty Images for MTV Networks 1949: Boxer George Foreman, an Olympic gold medalist and former two time World Heavyweight Champion, is born in Marshall, Texas. [ + ]

Sean Gardner/Getty Images 1948: Donald Fagen, best known as the co founder and lead singer of the rock band Steely Dan, is born in Passaic, New Jersey. [ + ]

Gt man via Wikimedia Commons 1946: The first General Assembly of the United Nations convenes in the Methodist Central Hall Westminster in London with representatives of 51 nations. [ + ]

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images 1945: Rock singer Rod Stewart, who first became famous as a member of the Jeff Beck Group and Faces before finding solo success, is born in Highgate, North London, England. Croce died at age 30 in a Sept. 20, 1973, plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana, along with five others while on his way to a concert in Texas. [ + ]

Mike Coppola/Getty Images 1940: Film director Walter Hill, best known for movies such as “The Warriors,” “Brewster’s Millions,” “48 Hrs.” and “Red Heat,” is born in Long Beach, California. [ + ]

Allan warren via Wikimedia Commons 1939: Actor Sal Mineo, best known for movies such as “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Giant” and “Exodus,” is born in The Bronx, New York. Mineo, an Oscar nominee for “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Exodus,” was stabbed to death in an alley behind his apartment building in West Hollywood at the age of 37 on Feb. 12, 1976. [ + ]

Christian Petersen/Getty Images 1938: Hall of Fame baseball player Willie McCovey, one of the most intimidating power hitters of his era, is born in Mobile, Alabama. McCovey, seen here in 2014, hit 521 home runs in a 22 year career spent mostly with the San Francisco Giants. Presidents Dwight D. Among his most popular books are 1992’s “Band of Brothers, E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne: From Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest” and 1996’s “Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West.” He died of lung cancer at age 66 on Oct. 13, 2002. [ + ]

Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Cambria Gallery 1935: Rockabilly musician Ronnie Hawkins, best known for songs such as “Who Do You Love?,” “Hey Bo Diddley” and “Suzie Q,” is born in Huntsville, Arkansas. [ + ]

Public domain via Wikimedia Commons 1920: The Treaty of Versailles takes effect,
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officially ending World War I and establishing the League of Nations. [ + ]