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  • In 1790, the Quakers petitioned the U.S. Congress for the abolition of slavery.
  • In 1903, Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony had its premiere performance in Vienna, Austria.
  • In 1937, General Motors recognized the United Auto Workers as a trade union.
  • In 1943, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
  • In 1973, the first prisoners of war were released from Vietnam.
  • In 1978, China lifted a ban on the works of Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens.
  • In 1990, Nelson Mandela was released in South Africa after serving 27 years as a political prisoner.
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