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On this day: May 31

Published On: May 29 2013 11:26:58 AM EDT   Updated On: May 31 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Johnstown flood kills more than 2,000, Big Ben's clock tower starts ticking, Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army, and Mark Felt comes clean as Watergate's "Deep Throat," all on this day.

OTD May 31 - Rameses II
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1279 B.C.: Rameses II, referred to as Rameses the Great, becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire.

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