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Christopher Columbus received his Spanish commission of exploration today (1492). Also, Juan de Oñate claimed the territory north of the Rio Grande for Spain (1598), George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States (1789), the U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million (1803), the Territory of Orleans became the State of Louisiana (1812), 144 Pinal and Aravaipa Apaches were murdered near Camp Grant, Arizona (1871), Gov. David Hill signed the law creating the Niagara Reservation, New York’s first state park (1885), Coxey’s Army reached Washington D.C. to protest high unemployment (1894), Hawaii became a U.S. territory and Sanford Dole its first governor, on the same day engineer Casey Jones was killed when the Cannonball Express struck a stalled freight train in Vaughan, Mississippi (1900), Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood (1927), Filipinos voted to guarantee women the right to vote (1937), Happy Rabbit, the forerunner of Bugs Bunny, debuted in Porky’s Hare Hunt (1938), the World’s Fair opened in New York and NBC began regular television service with President Franklin Roosevelt’s opening address (1939), Adolf Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun committed suicide (1945), Congress voted to restore the Boulder Dam’s original name, the Hoover Dam (1947), the Organization of American States was founded (1948), 18 people died as an F4 tornado struck Warner Robins, Georgia (1953), former Vice President Alben Barkley told a Virginia audience “I would rather be a servant in the house of the lord than sit in the seats of the mighty,” and then died of a heart attack (1956), the Bristol Bus Boycott was held to protest racial discrimination in Britain (1963), President Richard Nixon announced the resignations of aides H.R. Haldeman and John Erlichman (1973), the last U.S. citizens left Saigon and the South Vietnamese government surrendered, ending the Vietnam War (1975), Beatrix was crowned Queen of the Netherlands and would serve exactly 33 years (1980), CERN announced that World Wide Web protocols would be free, on the same day an obsessed fan stabbed tennis star Monica Seles (1993), President Bill Clinton visited Northern Ireland, the first sitting president to do so (1995), the U.S. media released photos of U.S. mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib (2004), DNA testing confirmed that skeletal remains found near Yekaterinburg, Russia were those of Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich and his sister Anastasia (2008), and 7 people were killed during an attempt to assassinate Queen Beatrix in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, on the same day 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in Baku (2009). And Willem-Alexander became the Netherlands’ first male monarch in over a century, upon the abdication of his mother Beatrix (2013).

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