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- 1830 - "The Tom Thumb" was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
- 1833 - Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire.
- 1907 - "American Messenger Company" was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company's name was later changedto "United Parcel Service."
- 1922 - The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for$100.
- 1939 - The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
- 1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended.
- 1990 - Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.