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1876 - Colorado became a U.S. state.
1936 - Opening of the Olympic Games in Hitler's Berlin
   
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1945 - Conclusion of the Potsdam Conference
1990 - Start of the Persian Gulf War
   
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1492 - Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain, on his journey to reach the Indies by sailing west.
1949 - Founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
   
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1892 - Axe murder of Lizzie Borden's parents in Fall River, Massachusetts.
1914 - Great Britain declared war on Germany after Germany invaded Belgium (World War I).
1944 - The Nazis discovered Anne Frank and her family in hiding in Amsterdam.
   
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1914 - Cleveland, Ohio, became home to the first electric traffic lights.
 
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1825 - Bolivia Declared Its Independence
1945 - Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan
1965 - Voting Rights Act of 1965 Signed into Law by Lyndon B. Johnson
   
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1789 - United States War Department Established by Congress
1964 - Tonkin Gulf Resolution Passed by Congress
   
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1588 - Spanish Armada Attacked by English Forces
1969 - Charles Manson's "Family" Killed Sharon Tate and Others
   
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1945 - Atomic Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki, Japan
   
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1821 - Missouri became a U.S. state.
1846 - Establishment of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
   
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1960 - Chad Achieved Independence
   
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1851 - Sewing Machine Patented by Isaac Singer
1898 - Formal U.S. Annexation of Hawaii
   
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1521 - Spanish Conquistadors Defeated the Aztecs, Taking Control of the Aztec Capital City, Tenochtitlán
   
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1935 - Social Security Act Became Law
2003 - Start of the Largest Blackout in U.S. History
   
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1057 - Scotland's Macbeth Killed
 
 
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1960 - Cyprus gained its independence.
   
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1969 - Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast.
   
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1227 - Death of Genghis Khan.
   
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1934 - Adolf Hitler was elected as Führer of Germany.
   
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1964 - Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
   
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1831 - Nat Turner Rebellion occurred in Virginia.
1940 - Leon Trotsky was killed in Mexico City, Mexico.
1959 - Hawaii became a state.
1983 - Benigno Aquino was assassinated in the Philippines.
1991 - Latvia became independent following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
   
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1642 - Start of the English Civil War, fought between the Cavaliers (Royalists) and Roundheads.
1846 - Annexation of New Mexico by the United States.
1910 - Annexation of Korea by Japan.
   
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1305 - Execution of Scotland's William Wallace in London (Mel Gibson's Character in "Braveheart")
1939 - Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact Signed
   
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79 C.E. - Herculaneum and Pompeii Destroyed by Eruption of Mount Vesuvius
1814 - White House and Capitol Burnt by the British
1821 - Treaty of Cordoba Gave Mexico Independence from Spain
   
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1270 - Saint Louis died of dysentery in Tunis, Tunisia, while leading the Eighth Crusade.
1718 - French settlers founded New Orleans.
1825 - Uruguay became independent.
1916 - National Park Service was created.
1944 - Paris was liberated from the Nazis.
   
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1847 - Liberia became an independent republic.
1920 - 19th Amendment became law (women's suffrage).
   
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1928 - Kellogg-Briand Pact signed.
   
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1609 - Henry Hudson sailed into Delaware Bay.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.
   
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1533 - Atahualpa, ruler of the Incas, was murdered in Peru.
1786 - Shays's Rebellion started in Massachusetts.
2005 - Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.
   
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30 BCE - Suicide of Cleopatra VII
1862 - Second Battle of Bull Run
1967 - Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court justice.
   
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Thomas Alva Edison1887 - Thomas Edison received a patent for the Kinetoscope.
1962 - Trinidad and Tobago became independent.
 
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