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Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
1790 The first US Census was completed, showing a population of 3,939,326 in 16 states and the Ohio territory with 697,624 slaves. Virginia was the most populous state with 747,610 inhabitants.
1834 Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire
1876 Colorado was admitted to the US as the 38th state
1893 A machine for making shredded wheat breakfast cereal is patented
1914 Germany declares war on Russia
1936 Hitler opens the Berlin Olympics, the 11th modern games, initiating the now routine "Olympic Torch" ceremony
1939 Synthetic vitamin K is produced for the first time
1946 President Truman signed the congressional acts that established the Atomic Energy Commission and the Fulbright Scholarship program
1950 Control of Guam transferred from the Navy to the Department of Interior
1957 US and Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1960 Singer Chubby Checker releases “The Twist,” creating a new dance craze. The song had been released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters the previous year but got little attention.
1961 East Germany limits traffic to West Berlin, Cold War intensifies
1981 MTV made its debut at 12:01 AM. The first video shown was Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.
1988 Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show