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Birth of President Ulysses S. Grant
1822

President Ulysses S. Grant

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Magellan Killed During Circumnavigation
1509

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Parliament Passes Tea Act
1773

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Birth of Samuel F. B. Morse
1791

Samuel F. B. Morse

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Marines Reach the Shores of Tripoli
1805

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POW Steamboat Explodes, Killing 1,400
1865

On this day in 1865 one of the worst steamboat disasters in history occured as the Confederate steamer Sultana exploded on the Missisippi River near Memphis, TN. Fourteen hundred Union prisoners of war died in the blast and subsequent sinking.

First Social Security Payments Made
1937

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