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Today is Day 51 of 2024

Edward VI is crowned as the King of England and Ireland at Westminster Abbey.
He is 9 years old.

The United States Post Office Department is created.

The opera The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini premieres in Rome.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake premieres at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The Futurist Manifesto is published in the French journal Le Figaro.

French author Pierre Boulle (Bridge on the River Kwai) born in Avignon, France.
Boulle won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
He gave the shortest acceptance speech in Academy Award history, the single word "Merci".

Socialite and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt born in Manhattan, New York.

Film director Robert Altman (McCabe & Mrs Miller) born in Kansas city, Missouri.

Writer Richard Matheson (I am Legend) born in Allendale, New Jersey.


The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms - Freedom of Speech.
President Franklin Roosevelt had originally outlined the Four Freedoms in his 1941 State of the Union address.

Singer/guitarist for Steely Dan, Walter Becker is born in New York.


Colonel John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth aboard Friendship 7 making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.


The Mir spacestation is launched by Soviet Union.
It will remain in orbit for 15 years.

Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson commits suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Owl Farm, in Woody Creek, Colorado.
He was 67.

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