CNN went on the air for the first time 40 years ago on June 1, 1980. Here’s a look back at some of the most defining stories from the last four decades.

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I just signed a law banning "Zuckerbucks" in Texas. It bans private groups like the one supported by Zuckerberg from spending millions to administer elections like Zuckerberg & others did in Texas. That is a government function not to be messed with by election influencers.

Police described the Austin gunman as "a black male wearing a black shirt with a skinny build and with dreadlocks - dreadlock-type hair." The Statesman-American said it would not publish the "vague" description because it "could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes."

Man gets 10-year sentence for attacking and coughing on person who asked him to pull up mask

G7 reaches consensus on China dumping, human rights abuses -U.S. official

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Texas is going after the drug cartels and the gangs that help them push dangerous drugs like fentanyl. I just signed a law to increase prison time for manufacturing or delivering fentanyl. It also limits probation and parole for these criminals.

Some Actions By Indian Government Inconsistent With Democratic Values: Top US Official

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"Some 80% of China’s IUD insertions have been in Xinjiang, home to less than 2% of the country’s population, & population growth rates in the two largest Uyghur prefectures fell 84%...a brazen Chinese government plan to suppress millions of Uyghur births."

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Auction winner bids $28M to fly into space with Jeff Bezos

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"I like to keep to myself but also thought this was important to share because I know so many other people from religious upbringings feel the same way," #AmericanIdol  alum David Archuleta wrote in a post.

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