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In 1945,

Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agree­ment, in which Stalin agreed to de­clare war against Im­pe­rial Ja­pan fol­low­ing Nazi Ger­many’s ca­pit­u­la­tion.

In 1968,

New York City’s fourth and cur­rent Madi­son Square Gar­den, on Man­hat­tan’s West Side at the site of what used to be the Penn­syl­va­nia Sta­tion build­ing, opened with a “Salute to the USO” hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

In 1979,

fol­low­ers of Ay­a­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini seized power in Iran.

In 2006,

Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney ac­ci­den­tally shot and wounded Harry Whit­ting­ton, a com­pan­ion dur­ing a week­end quail-hunt­ing trip in Texas.

In 2012,

pop singer Whit­ney Hous­ton, 48, was found dead in a ho­tel room bath­tub in Bev­erly Hills, Calif.

In 2013,

with a few words in Latin, Pope Bene­dict XVI did what no pope had done in more than half a mil­len­nium: an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion. The bomb­shell came dur­ing a rou­tine morn­ing meet­ing of Vat­i­can car­di­nals. (The 85-year-old pon­tiff was suc­ceeded by Pope Fran­cis.)

Ten years ago:

The na­tion’s top bankers went be­fore the House Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, pledg­ing to build pub­lic trust with greater lend­ing and fewer perks.

Five years ago:

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, dur­ing a joint White House news con­fer­ence with French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande, vowed to come down like “a ton of bricks” on busi­nesses that vi­o­lated Ira­nian sanc­tions while nu­clear ne­go­ti­a­tions were un­der way.

One year ago:

Singer Vic Da­mone, who pos­sessed what Frank Si­na­tra once called “the best pipes in the busi­ness,” died in Florida at age 89.

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