On this day in 1781, the Yorktown siege proved to be the last major land battle of the American Revolutionary War in the North American region, as the surrender by Cornwallis, and the capture of both him and his army, prompted the British government to negotiate an end to the…
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On this day in 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of…
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On September 23, 1875, Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty; September 17 or November 23, 1859 – July 14, 1881) is arrested for the first time after…
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On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million…
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On this day in 1780, during the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West…
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On this day in 1870, Italian troops occupied Rome, leading to the eventual incorporation of Rome into the Kingdom of Italy and the limiting of papal…
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On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7-kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a…
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On this day in 1793, George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of the American…
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