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1795 – James Swan pays off the $2,024,899 US national debt.

1842 – Notary Stamp Law passes.

1868 – Tennessee and South Carolina are 1st to ratify the 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights.

1878 – An improved corncob pipe patents by Henry Tibbe, Washington, Missouri.

1916 – 1st cargo submarine to cross Atlantic arrives in US from Germany.

1918 – US Congress creates Distinguished Service Medal (not to be confused with other countries’ decoration of the same name)

1944 – In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan fails.

1948 – Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless innings for Cleveland.

1951 – US President Harry Truman asks Congress to formally end state war with Germany.

1953 – 1st helicopter passenger service (NYC)

1963 – Crusher Lisowski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ.

1970 – In Atlanta, Chief-No-ka-homa is joined by cousin Chief Round-the-Horn.

1971 – Henry Kissinger visits the People’s Republic of China to negotiate a détente between the US and China.

1978 – 100,000 demonstrations march in Washington, D.C. for ERA.

1982 – Pan Am Boeing 727 crashes in Kenner, Louisiana, killing 153.

1987 – Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence.

1995 – US international postage rates rise to 60 cents per ounce.

1996 – US Senate approves 90 cents raise to $4.25 minimum wage.

2017 – CEO Elon Musk is the first owner of Telsa’s first mass market electric car – the Model 3.

2018 – US President Donald Trump names Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee.