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Today In History

1946: The United States detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device.

1952: Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.

1956: Fifty-one people died when the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast.

1963: The United States, the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty in Moscow prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, in space and underwater.

1978: Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England; she had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.

1994: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan’s King Hussein signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries’ 46-year-old formal state of war.

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