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1954
Ellis Island closes
On this day in 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, an estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor off the New Jersey coast and named… read more »
1775
Abigail Adams leads rhetorical charge against Britain »
1965
Goldenrod sets the land-speed record »
CIVIL WAR
1864
The destruction of Atlanta begins »
1982
Yuri Andropov assumes power in the Soviet Union »
2004
Scott Peterson convicted »
2001
Plane crashes in Rockaway, New York »
1799
First meteor shower on record »
1948
Japanese war criminals sentenced »
1980
Voyager I flies near Saturn »
1990
Akihito enthroned as emperor of Japan »
1981
William Holden, star of Sunset Boulevard and Network, dies »
1889
DeWitt Wallace, founder of Reader’s Digest, is born »
1867
U.S. reconsiders war with Plains Indians »
1979
Carter shuts down oil imports from Iran »
1892
Pudge Heffelfinger becomes first pro football player »
1969
Seymour Hersh breaks My Lai story »
1971
Nixon sets new deadline for next troop withdrawal »
1918
Allied fleet enters Dardanelles »
1944
Brits sink the battleship Tirpit »
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