Today in history 3/1/2017

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3/1/2017:

Today in history, York, Maine becomes the first incorporated American city in 1642.

Today in history, Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are arrested for the supposed practice of witchcraft in Salem, Mass in 1692.

Today in history, Pennsylvania becomes the first U.S. state to abolish slavery in 1780.

Today in history, Congress passes the Civil Rights Act in 1875, which is invalidated by the Supreme Court in 1883.

Today in history, 1,000 Black students pray and sing the national anthem on the steps of the old Confederate Capitol in Montgomery, AL in 1960.

Today in history, Mickey Mantle (see picture below) announces his retirement from baseball in 1969.

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Today in history, The Pentagon accepts the theory that an atomic war would block the sun, causing a “nuclear winter” in 1985.

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