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1846 The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texas' southern boundary at the Rio Grande River.
1898 The U.S. declared war on Spain. Spain had declared war on the U.S. the day before.
1915 During World War I, Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in hopes of attacking the Central Powers from below. The attack was unsuccessful.
1925 General Paul von Hindenburg took office as president of Germany.
1926 In Iran, Reza Kahn was crowned Shah and chose the name "Pehlevi."
1945 U.S. and Soviet forces met at Torgau, Germany on Elbe River.
1945 Delegates from about 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.
1953 Dr. James D. Watson and Dr. Francis H.C. Crick suggested the double helix structure of DNA.
1953 U.S. Senator Wayne Morse ended the longest speech in U.S. Senate history. The speech on the Offshore Oil Bill lasted 22 hours and 26 minutes.
1962 U.S. Ranger spacecraft crash landed on the Moon.
1967 Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. The law was limited to therapeutic abortions when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians.
1980 U.S. President Carter announced the disaster that occurred in an attempt to rescue hostages in Iran.
1984 David Anthony Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, was found dead of a drug overdose in a hotel room.
1988 In Israel, John "Ivan the Terrible" Demjanuk was sentenced to death as a Nazi war criminal.
1998 U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was questioned by Whitewater prosecutors on videotape about her work as a private lawyer for the failed savings and loan at the center of the investigation.
2003 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader and ex-wife of former President Nelson Mandela, was sentenced to four years in prison for her conviction on fraud and theft charges. She was convicted of 43 counts of fraud and 25 of theft of money from a women's political league.


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