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1843 Aaron Montgomery Ward (New Jersey-born co-Founder of Montgomery Ward Mail Order Company) Montgomery Ward American Business Leaders
1874 Thomas J. Watson (New York-born Business Leader Responsible for Building IBM) Thomas J. Watson Computer Technology IBM
1889 H.L. Hunt (Illinois-born Entrepreneur, Investor Who May Have Been the World's Richest Man) Illinois Business Leaders
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1776 Continental Congress Approves a Standing Committee of Five to Superintend the Treasury Department Continental Congress U.S. Treasury
1827 Chester Stone Receives the First U.S. Patent for a Washing Machine Inventors and Inventions Patents and Trademarks History of Technology Historic Firsts USPTO
1864 The Confederacy Authorizes Fourth Printing of Currency, Amounting to $200 Million of Notes American Civil War Currency U.S. Treasury
Union Forces Destroy a Large Salt Works Near St. Marks, Florida Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1865 U.S.S. Mahaska Captures the Schooner Delia Off the Coast of Bayport, Florida Bayport, Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1906 Idaho Authorities Arrest Union Leaders in Colorado for Governor's Assassination Idaho Colorado Labor Unions Law and Legal Resources History Channel
1960 Alabama Prosecutors Issue an Arrest Warrant for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for State Tax Fraud Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Crime Taxes African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1972 15,007,034th VW Beetle Breaks Ford Model T Production Record Volkswagen Economics & Business History Channel

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