Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Adv14 For release Friday, March 14

1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America's cotton industry.

1885, the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera "The Mikado" premiered at the Savoy Theatre in London.

1923, President Warren G. Harding became the first chief executive to file an income tax return, paying a tax of $17,990 on his $75,000 salary.

1939, the republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Germany's occupation of Czech areas and the separation of Slovakia.

1951, during the Korean War, United Nations forces recaptured Seoul.

1967, the body of President John F. Kennedy was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery.

1990, the Soviet Congress of People's Deputies held a secret ballot that elected Mikhail S. Gorbachev to a new, powerful presidency.



TODAY IN HISTORY

1923: Warren G. Harding became the first president to file an income tax return, paying a tax of $17,990 on his $75,000 salary.

1939: The republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the way for Germany's occupation of Czech areas and the separation of Slovakia.

1951: During the Korean War, United Nations forces recaptured Seoul.

1967: The body of President John F. Kennedy was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at Arlington National Cemetery.

1990: The Soviet Congress of People's Deputies held a secret ballot that elected Mikhail Gorbachev to a new, powerful presidency.

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