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Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
1821 Missouri enters the Union as the 24th state – and the first located entirely west of the Mississippi River
1846 The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington through the bequest of James Smithson
1944 US forces seized Guam from Japan
1948 Candid Camera with Allen Funt debuted on television
1949 The National Military Establishment is renamed the Department of Defense
1993 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female U.S. Supreme Court justice
1995 Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were charged with eleven counts in the Oklahoma City bombing. McVeigh was later convicted of murder and was executed on June 11, 2001, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Nichols was convicted of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter.
1997 The last British troops leave Hong Kong. After 156 years of British rule, the island is returned to China.
2006 All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes after Scotland Yard disrupts a a major terrorist plot involving liquid explosives. After a few weeks, the toiletries ban was modified