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  • In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • In 1820, the first 86 African American immigrants departed New York City to start a settlement in present day Liberia.
  • In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi established New Zealand as a British colony.
  • In 1899, the Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War.
  • In 1918, British women aged 30 and older who met minimum property qualifications were granted the right to vote.
  • In 1959, Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments filed the first patent for an integrated circuit.
  • In 1978, one of the worst nor’easters in history hit New England, depositing up to four inches of snow per hour.
  • In 1998, Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.
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