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1803 John (Johann Augustus ) Sutter (German-born California Owner of a Mill Where Gold Was Discovered) German Business Leaders California Gold Rush Gold Writer's Almanac
1812 Charles Lewis Tiffany (Connecticut-born Founder of Tiffany's Jewelers) Charles Lewis Tiffany Tiffany's Diamonds
1942 Caroline Robinson Jones (Michigan-born African-American Marketing Executive) Michigan Business Leaders Propaganda African-American Business Leaders African American Registry
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1764 St Louis, Missouri Is Founded as French Trading Post by Pierre Laclade Ligue St. Louis City of St. Louis
1837 The First Post Office Opens in Madison, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1870 In Carlton, Minnesota, the Northern Pacific Railroad Breaks Ground on the First Transcontinental Rail Line Owned by a Single Company Carlton, Minnesota Railroad Business Minnesota Historical Society
1871 West Virginia's Legislature Authorizes a Commission to Confer with Virginia Regarding Each State's Portion of the Virginia Debt West Virginia Virginia Economics West Virginia State Archive
1934 Congress Approves President Franklin Roosevelt's Civil Works Emergency Relief Act U.S. Congress President Franklin Roosevelt The New Deal History Channel
1936 The State of Florida Acquires the First Parcel of Land for the Gold Head Branch State Park Florida Parks Economics Parks Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Florida Historical Society
1964 International Labour Organization (ILO) Suspends South Africa for Racism and Forced Labour South Africa Labor Racism International Labor Organization South African History
1971 Great Britain Converts Its Currency to the Decimal System Great Britain Currency Standards of Measurement Decimals BBC
1981 Richard Petty Wins the Daytona 500 for the Seventh Time Daytona Beach, Florida North Carolina Sports Figures Auto Racing Daytona 500 Florida Historical Society
1986 British Police Clash with Members of the Striking Printers Union Great Britain Labor BBC
2000 Washington's Suquamish Tribe Begins Commercial Clam Harvest on Private non-Indian Land Washington Suquamish Tribe Business History Link

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