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In 1913, a bill to create the Alaska Railroad was introduced in the U.S. Senate.
In the nation
1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that "these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States."
In 1926, the United States Army Air Corps was created.
In 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight at the equator.
In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
In 1964, 40 years ago, President Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress.
In 1976, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.