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The Day by Day History of the United States

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  • 1704 – The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, the News-Letter, is published in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • 1800 – The United States Library of Congress is established when · President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 USD to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress".

  • 1885 – American sharpshooter Annie Oakley was hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West.

  • 1907 – Hershey park, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened.


  • 1913 – The Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City is opened.

  • 1957 – Suez Crisis: The Suez Canal is reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region.

  • 1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."

  • 1980 – Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to end the·Iran hostage crisis.

  • 1990 – STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery.

  • 1996 – In the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is passed into law.

  • 2004 – The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

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