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1872 Gerard Swope (Missouri-born Engineer: President of General Electric) Gerard Swope New York Times Electricity New York Times
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1794 The First Half-Dollar Coins Were Placed Into Circulation Currency Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
1821 Dominican Republic Proclaims Independence from Spain and Reunification with Colombia Dominican Republic Spain Colombia New York Consulate of the Dominican Republic
1850 The U.S. Congress Passes the Donation Land Claim Act Granting Tracts of Public Land to Settlers of the Oregon Territory Oregon U.S. Congress Westward Expansion Historic U.S. Documents SalemOregon.com
1862 Union Ships Capture Two Confederate Blockade Runners in Florida Florida Naval History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Florida's Legislature Approves $60,000 for Care of the State's Sick and Wounded Soldiers Florida Economics American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1874 T.J. Byrd Receives Patent# 157,370 for Railroad Car Couplings Patents and Copyrights Railroads African-American History Inventors Assistance League
1880 The Missouri Pacific Railway Enters Texas by Leasing the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Line from Kansas to Texas Texas Kansas Missouri Railroad Texas State Historical Association
1883 Yakima City, Washington Is Incorporated Washington HistoryLink
1913 Ford Motor Introduces the Assembly Line to Complete a Car Every 2.5 Minutes Ford Motor Company Automobiles Labor History Channel
Gulf Oil Opens the World's First Gas Station in Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Automobiles Historic Firsts Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
1925 Mr. Peanut Trademark Is Registered Trademarks & Patents Propaganda Pleanter's Peanuts USPTO
1928 Pitcairn (Eastern) Airlines Initiate 15-hour Service Between Miami and New York Florida New York City Aviation History Smithsonian Florida Historical Society
1941 In Minneapolis, Minnesota, 18 Members of the Socialist Workers Party are Found Guilty of Advocating the Overthrow of the U.S. Government Minneapolis, Minnesota Labor Crime Law and Legal Resources Minnesota Historical Society
1942 Nationwide Gasoline Rationing Goes into Effect in the United States Automobiles World War II New York Times University of Georgia
British Government Unveils for Cradle-to-Grave Welfare Plan Great Britain Community Service Economics BBC
1989 Jaguar Shareholders Approve Buyout by Ford Ford Motors Automobiles Business & Economics Official Website

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