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1889 Harold Cressy (Co-founder of the Teachers League of South Africa (TLSA)) South African Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Labor Unions South African History
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1788 State of Georgia Issues Its First & Only Patent for a Steamboat State of Georgia Steamboats Patents & Trademarks Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1809 Senator Thomas Pickering (MA) Demands an End to Jefferson's Embargo Act U.S. Congress President Thomas Jefferson The American Presidency International Trade History Channel
1823 Twelve Workers Are Killed in an Explosion at the Garesche Powder Works in Eden Park, Wilmington Delaware Labor Death State of Delaware
1838 U.S. Patent #588 Issued for the Screw Propeller to John Ericsson Naval History Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks California Bound
1839 The Alabama Legislature Abolishes Imprisonment for Debt, Except in Cases of Fraud Alabama Economics Law and Legal Resources Alabama Archives
1842 New York's City Despatch Post Issues the First Adhesive Postage stamp in the United States New York City U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Smithsonian Institution
1862 Union Gunboat Shells a Confederate Salt Works Near the St. Marks, Florida Lighthouse Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1863 U.S. Ships Capture the British Schooner Margaret Near St. Petersburg, Florida Great Britain St. Petersburg, Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1872 The Cairo to Fulton Railroad Opens as the First Railroad to Connect Arkansas to Missouri and the Eastern United States Arkansas Missouri Railroads Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture Arkansas History Commission
1898 Travelers Insurance Company Is First to Offer Auto Insurance Automobiles Travelers Insurance Historic Firsts History Channel
1901 United States Steel Is Incorporated Businesses & Corporations U.S. Steel University of Pittsburgh
1905 The U.S. Congress Approves the Exportation of Pulp Wood or Wood Pulp Manufactured From Alaska Timber Alaska Business U.S. Congress Trees Business and Economics Alaska Historical Society
1910 C & O Railroad Subsidiary Purchases West Virginia's Greenbrier Resort West Virginia Railroad Business The Greenbrier West Virginia Archives
1947 California's Legislature Approves Plan to Build a State Highway System California Transportation Learn California
1959 Texas Instruments Is Issued a Patent on the Integrated Circuit Physics Patents and Trademarks Texas Instruments
1968 Pennsylvania Railroad/NYC Central Merge to Form Penn Central Railroad New York Pennsylvania Railroads Businesses & Corporations Pennsylvania Railroad Museum
1987 Workers Accept Wage Freeze, Ending 163-day Strike Against John Deere John Deere Labor

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