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The Day by Day History of the United States

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  • 1492 – Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.

  • 1524 - Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.

  • 1797 – Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.

  • 1863 – American Civil War: Grierson's Raid begins – troops under Union Army Colonel Benjamin Grierson attack central Mississippi.

  • 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth begins – Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.

  • 1897 – The Aurora, Texas UFO incident

  • 1905 – The Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York, which holds that the "·right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

  • 1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.

  • 1937 – Daffy Duck's first appearance, in Porky's Duck Hunt.

  • 1961 – Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

  • 1964 – Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.

  • 1964 – Ford Mustang is introduced to the North American market.

  • 1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.

  • 1970 – Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.

  • 1973 – George Lucas begins writing the treatment for The Star Wars.

  • 2013 – An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, kills 15 people and injures 160 others.

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