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2019-01-02 / Features

This Day in History

January 2

1776 First revolutionary flag displayed

1800 Free African American community of Philadelphia petitions US Congress to abolish the slave trade

1842 First US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn

1890 Record 19.2 feet alligator shot in Louisiana

1905 Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine in San Jose, California

1920 Responding to global fear of communism caused by the Russian Revolution, US Attorney General Palmer authorizes raids across the country on unionists and socialists

1929 US and Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls

1947 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali

1972 Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars

1995 Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii (est 15 billion light years away)

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