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1959 USSR introduces installment buying

1960 Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus

1962 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles’ drummer, first official concert two days later

1977 Popular music icon Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42. The death of the “King of Rock and Roll” brought legions of mourning fans to Graceland, his mansion in Memphis

1986 Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” goes #1 for 2 weeks

2012 Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange is granted political asylum by Ecuador

2018 Pope Francis and the Vatican issues statement in support of the 300 victims of “predator priests” in Pennsylvania

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