Former U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkley dies 60 years ago this hour (Apr 30 1956)


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(Monday, April 30, 1956, 5:15 p.m. EST)Alben W. Barkley, the 35th Vice President of the United States (1949-1953, under President Harry S. Truman), died today of a heart attack today while addressing a student political convention at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He was 78 (click here to watch Barkley’s final speech and the ambulance that took him away for treatment).

Bruce Springsteen jumps fence at Graceland 40 years ago this hour (Apr 30 1976)


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(Friday, April 30, 1976, 3:00 a.m. CDT) — While in Memphis on tour, singer Bruce Springsteen paid a visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home this morning, climbing over the wall and running to the front door. Continue reading Bruce Springsteen jumps fence at Graceland 40 years ago this hour (Apr 30 1976)

The Beatles attempt remake of ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ 50 years ago this hour (Apr 29 1966)


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(Friday, April 29, 1966, 5:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. BST) — The English rock band The Beatles continued production of their seventh studio album Revolver this afternoon at EMI Studio 3 in London, as they attempted to remake John Lennon’s “I’m Only Sleeping.” Continue reading The Beatles attempt remake of ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ 50 years ago this hour (Apr 29 1966)

28 former Japanese officials go on trial in Tokyo as war criminals 70 years ago today (Apr 29 1946)


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(Monday, April 29, 1946, during the International Military Tribunal for the Far East) — Former Japanese Prime Ministers Hideki Tojo (1941–44), Kiichiro Hiranuma (1939), Koki Hirota (1936–37) and Kuniaki Koiso (1944–45), and 24 co-defendants were indicted today in Tokyo for war crimes, ranging from the murder of thousands of Americans at Pearl Harbor, to conspiracy “to secure military, naval, political and economic domination of the whole world.”

All of the surviving members of Tojo’s cabinet members were included in the 55 count indictment.