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The Day by Day History of the United States

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  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: The war begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.

  • 1782 – John Adams secures the Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, Netherlands becomes the first American embassy.

  • 1861 – American Civil War: Baltimore riot of 1861: a pro-Secession mob in Baltimore, Maryland, attacks United States Army troops marching through the city.

  • 1892 – Charles Duryea claims to have driven the first automobile in the United States, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

  • 1919 – Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute jump using a new kind of self-contained parachute.

  • 1927 – Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.

  • 1951 –General Douglas MacArthur retires from the military.

  • 1956 – Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco.

  • 1971 –Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C..

  • 1971 –Charles Manson is sentenced to death (later commuted life imprisonment) for conspiracy to commit the Tate/LaBianca murders.

  • 1985 – FBI siege on the compound of The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSAL) in Arkansas.

  • 1987 – The Simpsons premieres as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show.

  • 1989 – A gun turret explodes on the USS Iowa, killing 47 sailors.

  • 1993 – The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die.

  • 1993 – South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashes in Iowa.

  • 1995 – Oklahoma City bombing: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168.

  • 1997 – The Red River Flood of 1997overwhelms the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Fire breaks out and spreads in downtown Grand Forks, but high water levels hamper efforts to reach the fire, leading to the destruction of 11 buildings.

  • 2013 – Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev killed in a shootout with police. His brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is captured while hiding in a boat inside a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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