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1758

The British captured Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh) in the French and Indian Wars.

1783

The British evacuated New York City, their last military position, after the Revolutionary War.

1841

The slaves who seized the Amistad in 1839 were freed by the Supreme Court. They had been defended by former president John Quincy Adams.

1947

Movie executives blacklisted the "Hollywood Ten."

1986

Iran-Contra scandal broke.

1998

Jiang Zemin became the first Chinese head of state to visit Japan since World War II.

1999

Elian Gonzalez was rescued off the coast of Florida.

2002

President George W. Bush signed into law the Department of Homeland Security and named Tom Ridge as head.

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