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Emancipation Proclamation Takes Effect
1863

President Abraham Lincoln

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Regular Mail Delivery Begins In America
1673

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Birth of Paul Revere
1735

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Birth of Betsy Ross
1752

Betsy Ross

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Federal Law Prohibits Slave Importation
1808

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Ellis Island Becomes Immigrant Reception Center
1892

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Birth of J. Edgar Hoover
1895

J. Edgar Hoover

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New York City Formed
1898

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Commonwealth of Australia Declared
1901

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Michigan Beats Stanford In First Rose Bowl
1902

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UN Declaration Signed
1942

Flag of the United Nations

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Cuban Rebels Defeat Batista Regime
1959

Cuban revolutionary and closet communist Fidel Castro

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Czechoslovakia Passes Into History
1993

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NAFTA Takes Effect
1994

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Europe Adopts Euro
1999

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