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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Oct 22, 1797: The navy frigate U.S. Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides," was launched in Boston Harbor.

Oct 22, 1879: Thomas Edison invented a workable incandescent electric lamp.

Oct 22, 1959: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York City.

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Oct 20, 1803: The Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

Oct 20, 1973: During the Watergate scandal, Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned and special prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed by President Nixon in what came to be known as the "Saturday Night Massacre."

Oct 20, 1964: The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, died in New York at age 90.

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Oct 19, 1781: British General Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, Va., bringing an end to the last major battle of the American Revolution.

Oct 19, 1812: French troops under Napoleon Bonaparte began their retreat from Moscow.

Oct 19, 1983: The Senate passed a bill (78–22) making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthday a public holiday.

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Oct 18, 1867: The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia.

Oct 18, 1968: The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.

Oct 18, 1767: The boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed upon.

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Oct 17, 1979 : Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor in Calcutta, India.

Oct 17, 1777: British Gen. Burgoyne surrendered in Saratoga, N.Y. during the American Revolution.

Oct 17, 1931: Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion for which he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

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Oct 16, 1793: French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.

Oct 16, 1916: Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic in New York City.

Oct 16, 1964: China detonated its first atomic bomb.

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Oct 16, 1914: With the support of President Wilson, the Clayton Antitrust Act, which made it illegal for companies to buy competitors' stock, was passed.

Oct 16, 1917: Mata Hari, World War I spy, was executed by a firing squad in Vincennes, France.

Oct 16, 1993: Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to end apartheid in South Africa.

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Oct 14, 1066: The Normans, under William the Conqueror, defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.

Oct 14, 1947: U.S. Air Force Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound.


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