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Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history
1848 For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.
1867 The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million
1886 Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time at a drugstore in Atlanta. Its inventor, Dr. John Pemberton, claims it can cure anything from hysteria to the common cold.
1903 A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi’s wireless
1943 US begins rationing meat, butter, and cheese
1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I opens on Broadway starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner
1951 In one of the most sensational trials in American history, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of espionage for passing secrets to the Soviets during and after World War II
1961 The 23rd amendment is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, DC to vote for president
1974 The unmanned US space probe Mariner 10, launched by NASA in November 1973, becomes the first spacecraft to visit the planet Mercury
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