1827 Revelers dance through the streets of New Orleans, marking the beginning of the city's famous Mardi Gras celebrations. Click here for a History.com video clip of the first Mardi Gras!
1991 President George H.W. Bush announces the end of the Persian Gulf War, an overwhelming U.S. and allied victory against Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
1854 Opponents of slavery met in Ripon, Wisconsin, and agree to form a new political group, which later becomes the Republican Party.
1932 The last Ford Model A (the successor to the Motel T) rolls off the factory line.
1871 The Articles of Confession go into effect.
1872 Yellowstone becomes the world's first national park.
1961 President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps. Click here for more information on the Peace Corps.
1807 Congress outlaws the importation of slaves.
1917 Puerto Rico becomes a U.S. territory and its inhabitants U.S. citizens.
1820 Congress passes the Missouri Compromise, admitting Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state.
1863 In need of soldiers to fight in the Civil War, Congress passes a conscription act that results in the first wartime draft in the United States. Click here to see the web version of the Conscription Act of 1863 from Yale University.
1829 The White House is overrun with partygoers when Andrew Jackson holds an "open house" to celebrate his inauguration.
1865 Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address. Click here to read the entire address.
1770 British soldiers fire on colonists in wht becomes known as the Boston Massacre. (Later in the soldiers' trial, the jury found only 2 of the 8 soldiers guilty of manslaughter. The 2 were branded on their thumbs as punishment.) Click here for more information on the Boston Massacre Trial.
1963 Country music star Patsy Cline dies in a plane crash near Camden, Tenneessee.
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