Samuel Colt patents his revolver, the first black U.S. senator takes his seat, Muhammad Ali wins his first heavyweight title, and Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines, all on this day.
1956: In a closed session at the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev delivers the speech "On the Personality Cult and its Consequences," denouncing the cult of personality of the late Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. In the speech, Khrushchev accused Stalin of intolerance, brutality and abuse of power.
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