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The Day by Day History of the United States

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  • 1818 – The United States Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada.

  • 1862 – American Civil War: Battle at Lee's Mills in Virginia.

  • 1862 – American Civil War: The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia, becomes law.

  • 1863 – American Civil War: Siege of Vicksburg –ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.

  • 1881 – In Dodge City, Kansas, Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle.

  • 1908 – Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah.

  • 1910 – The oldest existing indoor ice hockey arena still used for the sport in the 21st century, Boston Arena, opens for the first time.

  • 1912 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel.

  • 1941 –Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians throws the only Opening Day no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, beating the Chicago White Sox 1-0.

  • 1945 – The United States Army liberates Nazi Sonderlager (high security) prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz).

  • 1947 –Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.

  • 1947 – Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.

  • 1962 – Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the CBS Evening News, during which time he would become "the most trusted man in America".

  • 1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.

  • 1972 – Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

  • 1990 – The "Doctor of Death", Jack Kevorkian, participates in his first assisted suicide.

  • 2007 – Virginia Tech massacre: Seung-Hui Cho guns down 32 people and injures 23 before committing suicide.

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