Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years

King George VI of Britain passed away on February 6, 1952, at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England. His 25-year-old elder daughter, who would later become Queen Elizabeth II, took over as king.

A Treaty of Alliance was signed in Paris in 1778 during the American Revolutionary War, giving the United States official recognition and military assistance from France.

The U.S. Senate approved a peace agreement between the United States and Spain in 1899.

The 40th president of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, was born in Tampico, Illinois, in 1911.

The so-called "lame duck" amendment, the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, was declared in force by Secretary of State Henry Stimson in 1933.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport acquired its new name when President Law Clinton approved a bill to that effect in 1998. At the age of 51, Carl Wilson, a founding member of The Beach Boys, passed away in Los Angeles.

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton began her successful run for the United States Senate in 2000.

The Bush administration defended the use of the waterboarding interrogation technique in 2008, claiming it was lawful and not torture as opponents claimed, and that it had saved American lives.

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