The Union gets its first victory of the Civil War, Ronald Reagan is born, The Righteous Brothers hit No. 1, and astronaut Alan Shepard works on his lunar golf game, all on this day.
1952: Upon the death of her father, King George VI, Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen Elizabeth II, the first queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms since Queen Victoria. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a treehouse at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.
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