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1838 James Liege Hulett (English-born South African Sugar Magnate) English Business Leaders Foods and Nutrition Tongaat-Hulett Sugar Limited South African History
1862 Horace Dodge (Michigan-born Automobile Manufacturer) Michigan Business Leaders Dodge Automobiles
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1775 The Continental Congress Orders a Stop of All Trade Between the American Colonies and Great Britain British Business Continental Congress Colonial America International Trade Florida Historical Society
1769 In Virginia, George Washington Introduces Resolutions to Protest Taxation without Representation British Government Virginia George Washington Colonial Virginia Taxes The History Channel
1792 24 Brokers & Merchants Establish the New York Stock Exchange New York City Markets & Investments New York Stock Exchange The History Channel
1839 Lorenzo Adkins Patents a Water Wheel Trademarks & Patents Simple Machines Inventors & Inventions Water U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
1863 Union Forces Capture One Confederate Ship While a Second Is Burned and Sunk to Avoid Capture Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1906 Congress Passes the Alaska Native Allotment Act Providing Alaska Natives Inalienable and Non-Taxable Ownership of 160 Acres Alaska U.S. Congress Native American Heritage Economics Law Alaska Historical Society
1909 White Railroad Men Strike to Protest Hiring African Americans Georgia Railroad Racisim Labor Our Georgia History
1946 Truman Executive Order Puts Railroads under Federal Control - Averting Strike Harry Truman The American Presidency Railroads Labor Truman Library
1965 Methane Explosion Kills 31 Coal Miners in Wales Wales Labor Methane Death BBC
1978 Philips Electronics Announces a New Digital Sound Reproduction System Called the "Compact Disc" History of Technology Business Philips Electronics American Public Media

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