On this day: April 24

POSTED: 02:13 PM PDT Apr 22, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 23, 2015 

The Library of Congress is established, spaceflight claims its first human casualty, the Unabomber kills his last victim, and South Korea clones a puppy, all on this day.

OTD April 24 - Wallis Simpson
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1986: Wallis Simpson, the American socialite for whom King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom abdicated in 1936, dies at the age of 89 in Paris, France. Simpson was divorced from her first husband and was pursuing a divorce of her second when Edward abdicated after just less than a year as king to marry her, becoming the only British monarch to have voluntarily renounced the throne since the Anglo-Saxon period. The couple remained married through Edward's death from throat cancer at age 77 in May 1972.


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