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1850: The 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died after serving only 16 months.

1896: William Jennings Bryan caused a sensation at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago with his “cross of gold” speech denouncing supporters of the gold standard. Bryan went on to win the party’s nomination.

1947: The engagement of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced.

1982: A Pan Am Boeing 727 crashed in Kenner, La., killing all 146 people aboard and eight people on the ground.

1991: The International Olympic Committee readmitted South Africa.


 
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Barbara Bush was ‘first lady of the greatest generation’

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updated  Barbara Bush was remembered as the “first lady of the greatest generation” during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who filled the church with laughter as much as tears, with many recalling her quick wit and devotion to family.