The American Revolutionary War breaks out, the Soviet Union launches the first space station, the Waco siege ends in deadly fires, and homegrown terrorists strike Oklahoma City, all on this day.
2005: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the 265th pope of the Catholic Church following the April 2 death of Pope John Paul II. The new pope takes on the regnal name Benedict XVI.
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