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1775

Ethan Allen was captured by the British.

1789

The first Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. The first ten became the Bill of Rights.

1890

Wilford Woodruff, president of the Mormon church, renounced the practice of polygamy. This paved the way for Utah's acceptance as a state in 1896.

1957

Nine black teenagers, now known as the Little Rock Nine, challenged racial segregation by attending the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1957

Nine black children were escorted to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, under heavily armed guard, because of racial violence.

1981

Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court.

2003

It was reported that more than 14,000 had lost their lives in France in a summer heat wave.

2011

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia grants women the right to vote and run for office in future elections.

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