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DECEMBER 23

1815 Madam C.J. Walker (Louisiana-born Businesswoman, Philanthropist; The First African-American Female Millionaire) Madam C.J. Walker African-American Business Leaders
1856 James Buchanan Duke (North Carolina-born Tobacco Magnate, Philanthropist, Founder of Duke Energy, Namesake of Duke University) North Carolina Business Leaders Tobacco Philanthropy Duke University
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1879 Thomas Edison Patents a Magneto-Electric Machine Thomas Edison Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions USPTO
1913 President Woodrow Wilson Signs the Owen-Glass Act, Creating the Federal Reserve System The Federal Reserve System President Woodrow Wilson Historic U.S. Documents Library of Congress History Channel
1946 In Alaska, the Auke Bay Post Office Near Juneau Opens for Business Juneau, Alaska U.S. Postal Service Alaska Historical Society
1982 U.S. Congress Raises the Federal Fuel Tax on Gasoline by 5 a Gallon to Raise $5.5B Annually for Road and Bridge Repairs U.S. Congress Transportation Bridges Taxes History Channel

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