1775 U.S. forces, under the command of Gen. Richard Montgomery, captured Montreal during the American Revolution.

    1789 Benjamin Franklin writes “Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes”

    1835 Texans officially proclaim independence from Mexico, and calls itself the Lone Star Republic, after its flag, until its admission to the Union in 1845.

    1860 South Carolina’s legislature calls a special convention to discuss secession from the Union.

    1878 New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace offers amnesty to many participants of the Lincoln County War, but not to gunfighter Billy the Kid.

    1914 The brassiere, invented by Caresse Crosby, is patented

    1940 Walt Disney’s Fantasia debuted.

    1940 U.S. Supreme Court rules in Hansberry v. Lee that African Americans cannot be barred from white neighborhoods.

    1946 Vincent Schaefer produced artificial snow from a natural cloud for the first time at Mount Greylock in Massachusetts.

    1952 Harvard’s Paul Zoll becomes the first man to use electric shock to treat cardiac arrest.

    1956 The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on buses.

    1969 Anti-war protesters stage a symbolic “March Against Death” in Washington, DC.

    1980 US spacecraft Voyager 1 sends back 1st close-up pictures of Saturn

    1982 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington, DC.

    1989 Compact of Free Association: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau—places US troops wrested from Japanese control in WWII—become sovereign nations, associated states of the United States.

    1998 Monica Lewinsky signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press for the North American rights to her story about her affair with U.S. President Bill Clinton.

    2001 US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to planned or actual terrorist acts against the US.

    2009 – NASA announced that water had been discoved on the moon. The discovery came from the planned impact on the moon of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS).

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