1. 1970: Legendary Race car designer and driver Bruce McLaren killed in car accident
Bruce McLaren was one of the greatest automotive minds since the great Henry Ford, and also happened to be one of the best drivers. So it was a sad day when the 32 year old was killed when out testing a new car that he had designed for Canadian-American Challenge Cup Series. McLaren was born in New Zealand and had been around cars and racing for most of his childhood, and evem started competing in hill climb events at the tender age of 15. He would later become the youngest person to win a Formula One event at just 22 years of age when he won at the United States Grand Prix at Sebring. Later in the mid-1960’s, Bruce would go on to start one of the most successful race teams in history.
2. 1953: Queen Elizabeth II gets crowned
It was on this day back in 1953 that the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, was officially crowned as the monarch of England. At the time she was just 27 years old and before long her popularity grew through the roof. Thousands of dignitaries and special guests were on hand for the lavish ceremony. She is one of the most well traveled queens in history, making trips to South American and even to the Middle East. In 1992 she decided to pay income tax for the very first time, which considering she is the wealthiest woman in Great Britain that must have been huge amount of money. She currently still holds the crown, and at 90 years old is one of the oldest people to wear the crown in the history of the country.
3. 1997: Timothy McVeigh found guilty
It was on this day that Timothy McVeigh was found guilty on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for the Oklahoma City bombing that took place April 19, 1995. McVeigh was a former soldier in the United States Army and was highly decorated for his service during the Gulf War, but after he was discharged things took a drastic turn for the worse. McVeigh was inspired by the Waco, Texas incident that took place April 19th, 1993, which is why he targeted the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The building housed many different government agencies, but most importantly the ATF, which was responsible for the raid on the Waco, Texas compound. McVeigh parked a Ryder rental truck filled with diesel fuel and fertilizer that would explode just after 9 am exactly two years after the Waco raid. The bomb would destroy nine floors and caused more than 200 casualties, some of which were children that had been attending the day care center located in the building. McVeigh would be found guilty on June 2, 1997 and would later be sentenced to the death penalty for his crimes against humanity. In June of 2001 his sentence was carried out, becoming the first federal death penalty executed since 1963.