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The Day by Day History of the United States

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  • 1788 Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States.

  • 1869 Chinese and Irish laborers for the Central Pacific Railroad working on the First Transcontinental Railroad lay 10 miles of track in one day, a feat which has never been matched.

  • 1930 The first night game in organized baseball history takes place in Independence, Kansas.

  • 1932 A vaccine for yellow fever is announced for use on humans.

  • 1944 World War II: Nine German E-boats attacked US and UK units during Exercise Tiger, the rehearsal for the Normandy landings, killing 946.

  • 1948 Igor Stravinsky conducted the premier of his American ballet, Orpheus, in New York City at New York City Center.

  • 1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

  • 1952 Occupied Japan: The United States occupation of Japan ends as the Treaty of San Francisco, ratified September 8, 1951, comes into force.

  • 1965 United States occupation of the Dominican Republic: American troops land in the Dominican Republic to "forestall establishment of a Communist dictatorship" and to evacuate U.S. Army troops.

  • 1970 Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon formally authorizes American combat troops to fight communist sanctuaries in Cambodia.

  • 1975 General Cao Van Vien, chief of the South Vietnamese military, departs for the US as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on victory.

  • 1977 The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed.

  • 1986 The United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise becomes the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Suez Canal, navigating from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to relieve the USS Coral Sea.

  • 1987 American engineer Ben Linder is killed in an ambush by U.S.-funded Contras in northern Nicaragua.

  • 1988 Near Maui, Hawaii, flight attendant Clarabelle "C.B." Lansing is blown out of Aloha Airlines Flight 243, a Boeing 737, and falls to her death when part of the plane's fuselage rips open in mid-flight.

  • 1994 Former Central Intelligence Agency counter-intelligence officer and analyst Aldrich Ames pleads guilty to giving U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and later Russia.

  • 1996 Whitewater controversy: President Bill Clinton gives a 4 hour videotaped testimony for the defense.

  • 2001 Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist.

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