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March 10 1629 Charles I of England dissolves Parliament and rules alone for 11 years. 1785 Thomas Jefferson is appointed minister to France. 1848 Congress ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo,...

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March 9 1796 Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais, widow of a former French officer executed during the revolution. 1841 The Supreme Court ruled that the Amistad slaves were...

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1850 Daniel Webster gave a three-hour speech endorsing the Compromise of 1850. 1876 Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone. 1936 Adolf Hitler broke the Treaty of Versailles and the...

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March 1 1790 The U.S. Congress authorized the first census. 1803 Ohio became the 17th state in the United States. 1864 Rebecca Lee was the first black woman awarded a medical...

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February 28 1784 John Wesley issues “Deed of Declaration” formally establishing the Methodist Church. 1849 The steamship California landed in San Francisco, bringing the first East Coasters to...

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February 27 1844 Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti. 1933 German Reichstag building in Berlin was destroyed by fire. 1951 The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting...

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February 24 1582 Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull introducing the Gregorian calendar reform. 1803 The Supreme Court ruled in Marbury v. Madison that any act of Congress which conflicts with...

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February 23 1821 John Keats, English Romantic poet, died. 1836 Mexican general Santa Anna began the siege of the Alamo. 1896 The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield. 1898 French...

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February 22 1371 Robert II succeeded to the throne of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty. 1819 Spain ceded Florida to the United States. 1879 Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first "Five Cent...

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February 21 1613 Michael Romanov was elected czar of Russia, beginning the Romanov imperial line. 1878 The first telephone book was issued (New Haven, Conn.). 1916 Battle of Verdun, the longest and...