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1715 – Sybilla Thomas Masters became the first American to be granted an English patent for cleaning and curing Indian corn.

1758 – During the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne at what is now known as Pittsburgh.

1783 – During the Revolutionary War, the British evacuated New York. New York was their last military position in the U.S.

1837 – William Crompton patented the silk power loom.

1850 – Texas relinquished one-third of its territory in exchange for $10 million from the U.S. to pay its public debts and settle border disputes.

1859 – Charles Darwin, a British naturalist, published 'On the Origin of Species.' It was the paper in which he explained his theory of evolution through the process of natural selection.

1863 – During the Civil War, the battle for Lookout Mountain began in Tennessee.

1871 – The National Rifle Association was incorporated in the U.S.

1874 – Joseph F. Glidden was granted a patent for a barbed fencing material.

1877 – Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.

1882 – The first of 400 performances of 'lolnathe' took place.

1884 – J.B. Meyenberg received the patent for evaporated milk.

1936 – The Anti-Comintern Pact, an agreement between Japan and Germany, was signed.

1947 – Movie studio executives meeting in New York agreed to blacklist the 'Hollywood 10,' who were cited a day earlier and jailed for contempt of Congress when they failed to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.

1952 – Agatha Christie's 'The Mousetrap' opened in London.

1955 – In the U.S., the Interstate Commerce Commission banned racial segregation on interstate trains and buses.

1957 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a stroke.

1970 – Japanese author Yukio Mishima committed ritual suicide after giving a speech attacking Japan's constitution.

1973 – Greek President George Papadapoulos was ousted in military coup.

1976 – O.J. Simpson (Buffalo Bills) ran for

273 yards against the Detroit Lions.

1983 – Mediators from Syria and Saudi Arabia announced a cease-fire in the PLO civil war in Tripoli, Lebanon.

1985 – Ronald W. Pelton was arrested on espionage charges. Pelton was a former employee of the National Security Agency.

He was later convicted of 'selling secrets' to Soviet agents.

1986 – U.S. President Reagan and Attorney Gen. Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to rebels in Nicaragua. National Security Advisor John Poindexter resigned and Oliver North was fired.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)

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