July 3, 1937 – Duke of Windsor weds

July 3, 1937 – Duke of Windsor weds

In France, the duke of Windsor–formerly King Edward VIII of Great Britain and Northern Ireland–marries Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee for whom he abdicated the British throne in December 1936.

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June 17, 1579 – Drake claims California for England

June 17, 1579 – Drake claims California for England

During his circumnavigation of the world, English seaman Francis Drake anchors in a harbor just north of present-day San Francisco, California, and claims the territory for Queen Elizabeth I.

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April 9, 1984 – A husband attempts murder for money in England

April 9, 1984 – A husband attempts murder for money in England

Margaret Backhouse turns the ignition of her husband’s car, setting off a pipe bomb filled with nitroglycerine and shotgun pellets in the small farming community of Horton, England.

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