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1828 The Ohio Mechanics Institute Is Organized in Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio Labor Education Ohio Historical Society
1843 Blacksnake Hills Trading Post Is Renamed St. Joseph, Missouri St. Joseph, Missouri Westward Expansion History Channel
1862 USS Montgomery Captures the Confederate Sloop William E. Chester Near Florida's Pensacola Bay Pensacola Bay, Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1866 First U.S. Rotary Crank Bicycle Patent Is Issued to Pierre Lallemont of France Paris Scientists & Inventors Bicycling Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Historic Firsts USPTO
James L. Haven & Charles Hittrick (Ohio) Receive First U.S. Patent for a Yoyo Ohio Scientists & Inventors Hobbies and Games Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Historic Firsts USPTO
1906 Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce Form Rolls-Royce English Business Business & Economics Rolls Royce BBC
1907 Fire Destroys Much of the Business Section of Oceana, West Virginia West Virginia Fire Safety Oceana, West Virginia West Virginia State Archives
1923 Garrett T. Morgan Patents the Traffic Signal Garrett T.  Morgan Automobiles Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks African-American Scientists and Mathematicians USPTO
1959 In Stockholm, Seven Countries Form the European Free Trade Association Stockholm, Sweden European History Business & Economics Icelandic Foreign Service
1967 National Commission on Product Safety Is Established by a Joint Resolution of Congress U.S. Congress U.S. Government Agencies & Offices Consumer Economics National Archives
The Nicollet Mall, a Pedestrian Walkway Closed to Traffic Except Buses, Opens in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Consumer Economics Minnesota Historical Society
1974 U.S. Government Files Antitrust Suit to Break Up AT&T U.S. Government Anti-Trust Law Business & Economics AT&T Television News Archive
1993 President Clinton Hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference in Seattle Seattle, Washington President Clinton International Trade Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation History Link
1998 van Gogh's Portrait of the Artist Without Beard Auctions for $71M+ Vincent van Gogh Economics BBC

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