On This Day: February 19, 1945

During World War II, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima. The Battle of Iwo Jima began on this day of February and lasted until March 26, 1945.

On This Day: February 12, 1915

The cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, DC.

On This Day: February 5, 1917

Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 (Asiatic Barred Zone Act) with an overwhelming majority. The action overrode President Woodrow Wilson's December 14, 1916 veto.

For more on the 1917 Immigration Act, click the following link: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/immigration-act-passed-over-wilsons-veto

On This Day: January 29, 1861

In America, Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.

On This Day: January 22, 1973

In its Roe vs. Wade decision, the Supreme Court legalized abortions, using a trimester approach.

On This Day: January 15, 1943

The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.

On This Day: January 8, 1790

President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address to the United States.

For a complete transcript of the address, please see the following link:


On This Day: December 18, 1917

The Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress.

For more on the 18th Amendment, click the link below: 



On This Day: December 11, 1816

Indiana was admitted to the Union as the 19th American state.

On This Day: December 4, 1945

The U.S. Senate approved American participation in the United Nations



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