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1847 – Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment.

1863 – Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln to free slaves in US confederate states.

1890 – The Rose Parade, then known as the Tournament of Roses, is first held in Pasadena, California.

1892 – Ellis Island opens as a US immigration inspection station – it would go on to be the gateway to the US for more than 12 million people.

1903 – President Theodore Roosevelt and Edith Roosevelt unveil new renovations to The White House, including a new West Wing.

1913 – US Post Office begins parcel post deliveries.

1928 – 1st US air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio…

1934 – Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (US bank guarantor) effective.

1939 – Hewlett-Packard is founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in a garage in Palo Alto, California “the birthplace of Silicon Valley”

1948 – 1st color newsreel filmed (Pasadena, California)

1954 – Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sports colorcasts.

1960 – Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars.

1966 – All US cigarette packs required to carry “Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health”

1975 – H.R. Halderman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Mardian convicted of Watergate crimes.

1984 – AT&T’s 22 owned Bell system companies divests into 8 companies.

1990 – David Dinkins sworn in as 1st African American mayor of New York City.

1998 – US Census Bureau estimates population of US at 268,921,733.

2008 – A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.

2016 – After floods along the Mississippi River kills 31, Exxon Mobile Corp decides to close a plant in flood-threatened Memphis.

2018 – California becomes largest US state to legalize cannabis for recreational use.