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Today in American History
1798 - British seamen board the U.S. frigate Baltimore and impress a number of crewmen as alleged deserters, a practice that contributed to the War of 1812.

1813 - The British announce a blockade of Long Island Sound, leaving only the New England coast open to shipping.

1821 - Trader William Becknell reaches Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the route that will become known as the Santa Fe Trail.

1846 - General Zachary Taylor takes Saltillo, Mexico.

1864 - Union General William T. Sherman departs Atlanta and begins his "March to the Sea."
1902 - A cartoon appears in the Washington Star, prompting the Teddy Bear Craze, after President Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a captive bear tied up for him to shoot during a hunting trip to Mississippi.

1907 - The Indian and Oklahoma territories are unified to make Oklahoma, which becomes the 46th state.

1913 - Swann's Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust's 7-part novel Remembrance of Things Past, is published.

1920 - Metered mail is born in Stamford, Connecticut with the first Pitney Bowes postage meter.

1945 - Eighty-eight German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrive in the United States.

1948 - President Harry S Truman rejects four-power talks on Berlin until the blockade is removed.

1953 - The United States joins in the condemnation of Israel for its raid on Jordan.

1955 - The Big Four talks, taking place in Geneva on German reunification, end in failure.

1960 - After the integration of two all-white schools, 2,000 whites riot in the streets of New Orleans.

1965 - In the last day of the fighting at Landing Zone X-Ray, regiments of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division repulse NVA forces in the Ia Drang Valley.

1967 - U.S. planes hit Haiphong shipyard in North Vietnam for the first time.

1979 - American Airlines is fined $500,000 for improper DC-10 maintenance.

1982 - The space shuttle Columbia completes its first operational flight.
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