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- 1861 – In order to help pay for the war effort during the American Civil War, the United States government issues the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861. The tax took 3% of the incomes of those that earned over $800 a year.
- 1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
- 1914 – In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
- 1930 – Neil Armstrong (pictured), best known for being the first person to set foot on the Moon, is born.
- 1957 – American Bandstand, a musical variety show aimed at teenagers, makes its national debut on ABC television network. The show would run for over 30 years.
- 1963 – The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union sign a treaty banning the testing of nuclear weapons underwater, in the atmosphere, and in space.
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- 1782 – General George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit (pictured) to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed the Purple Heart, after its appearance.
- 1927 – The Peace Bridge, a bridge between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York, opens.
- 1944 – IBM officially presents the electro-mechanical computer Harvard Mark I, (originally named the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator), to Harvard University. While not the first computer, the Mark I was comparatively fast and reliable among early computers, and has been called "the beginning of the era of the modern computer".
- 1964 – Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on American forces.
- 1978 – President Jimmy Carter declares that the situation at Love Canal, a residential community built on what had at one time been a toxic waste dump, is a federal emergency. The declaration would allow for federal emergency funds to be used in the cleanup of the site, marking the first time that federal emergency funds were used other than for the handling of natural disasters.
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- 1842 – Webster-Ashburton Treaty is signed, resolving a dispute regarding the location of the border between Maine and New Brunswick, and reaffirmed a previously agreed upon border between the United States and Canada west of the Rocky Mountains.
- 1892 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for the full duplex two-way telegraph.
- 1944 – The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters which feature for the first time the character Smokey Bear (pictured).
- 1945 – The American B-29 Superfortress Bockscar drops the atomic bomb "Fat Man" on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, killing between 60,000 and 80,000 people.
- 1969 – Members of a cult led by Charles Manson brutally murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, hairstylist Jay Sebring, and recent high-school graduate Steven Parent at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles, California.
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- 1807 – David Rice Atchison (pictured), who some claim served as Acting President of the United States for one day, 4 March 1849, is born. Atchison was President pro tempore of the Senate, which at the time was third in the line of Presidential succession behind the President and the Vice President.
- 1898 – American troops under General Theodore Schwan enter the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico without a battle, as part of the Spanish-American War.
- 1929 – Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to 500 home runs over the course of his career, with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
- 1965 – The racially charged Watts riots break out in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. They would last 6 days, claim 34 lives, and cause over a thousand injuries.
- 1999 – The Salt Lake City tornado hits Downtown Salt Lake City, killing one. It is only the second tornado in recorded history to cause a fatality in the State of Utah.
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- 1833 – The town of Chicago is founded, with a population of about 200.
- 1876 – Mary Roberts Rinehart, an influential author who is credited for the "Had I but known" style of mystery novels, and whose novel The Door inspired the phrase "The butler did it", is born. Rinehart's novel The Bat, which featured a costumed supervillain, was credited by Bob Kane as one of the inspirations for the character "Batman".
- 1898 – A "Protocol of Peace" is signed, ending combat in the Spanish–American War. A formal peace treaty would not be signed, however, until 1899.
- 1908 – The first production model of the Ford Model T (pictured) is built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
- 1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released.
- 1990 – Sue, the most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, is discovered near Faith, South Dakota.
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- 1843 – The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace (pictured) in Honolulu, Hawaii is completed. Now the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States.
- 1912 – Julia Child, credited for introducing French cuisine to the American public with her cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her television programs, including The French Chef, is born.
- 1965 – The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, marking the birth of stadium rock.
- 1969 – The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opens. 500,000 people attended the three day long outdoor concert, which is widely regarded as one of the most pivotal moments in popular music history.
- 1977 – The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by The Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" for notation made by a volunteer on the project.
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