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The Day by Day History of the United States

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  • 1777 American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Ridgefield: A British invasion force engages and defeats Continental Army regulars and militia irregulars at Ridgefield, Connecticut.

  • 1805 First Barbary War: United States Marines and Berbers attack the Tripolitan city of Derna (The "shores of Tripoli" part of the Marines' hymn).

  • 1813 War of 1812: American troops capture the capital of Upper Canada in the Battle of York (present day Toronto, Canada).

  • 1861 American President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.

  • 1865 The New York State Senate creates Cornell University as the state's land grant institution.

  • 1865 The steamboat SS Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons.

  • 1911 Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the United States Senate.

  • 1936 The United Auto Workers (UAW) gains autonomy from the American Federation of Labor.

  • 1953 Operation Moolah is initiated by U.S. General Mark W. Clark against Communist pilots in the Korean War.

  • 1974 10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of U.S. President Richard Nixon

  • 1978 Former United States President Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman is released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.

  • 1981 Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.

  • 1987 The U.S. Department of Justice bars Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the United States, saying he had aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.

  • 2002 The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10.

  • 2006 Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.

  • 2011 The April 2528, 2011 tornado outbreak devastates parts of the Southeastern United States, especially the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. 205 tornadoes touched down on April 27 alone, killing more than 300 and injuring hundreds more.

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