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1492

Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain.

1914

Germany declared war on France.

1923

Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding.

1949

The National Basketball Association was formed.

1958

The nuclear-powered submarmine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.

1981

U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike.

1987

A 22-cent stamp honoring author William Faulkner was issued. Its first-day cancellation was held in Oxford, Miss., where Faulkner had served as postmaster from 1921 until his resignation in 1924 following accusations of negligence.

1987

The Iran-Contra hearings ended.

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