Today in history 4/6/2017

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4/6/2017:

Today in history, The First U.S. Congress begins regular sessions at Federal Hall in New York City in 1789.

Today in history, Granted sovereignty in the island of Elba and a pension from the French government, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates at Fontainebleau. He is allowed to keep the title of emperor in 1814.

Today in history, Joseph Smith (see picture below) and five others organize the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Seneca, New York in 1830.

Today in history, The Modern Olympics begin in Athens with eight nations participating in 1896.

Today in history, Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson (see picture below) become the first men to reach the North Pole in 1909.

Today in history, The United States declares war on Germany and enters World War I on the Allied side in 1917.

Today in history, Four planes leave Seattle on the first successful flight around the world in 1924.

Today in history, The United States recognizes Nazi Germany’s conquest of Austria in 1938.

Today in history, President Lyndon B. Johnson (see picture below) authorizes the use of ground troops in combat operations in 1965.

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