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First Dog (1940s)

Fala was president Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish Terrier. FDR was given to FDR by a cousin. Fala was one of the most famous presidential pets and the media often ran stories about the dog. Fala lived seven years after FDR passed away and...

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Original Coke Bottle Patent (1915)

Before 1915, virtually all soda bottles looked the same. Then, in 1915, the Coca-Cola Company launched a competition among glass makers to see who could design the best new Coke bottle. The competition was launched...

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Nixon Goes to China (1972)

In February 1972, President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon made a historic seven-day official visit to China to improve the relations between the U.S. and China after decades of the Cold War and to gain more leverage over relations with the Soviet Union. The Nixons visited three Chinese cities. The trip marked…  

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Jefferson Accepting Secretary of State (1790)

The above letter, which is transcribed below, was sent by Thomas Jefferson to President George Washington accepting the position of the first U.S. Secretary of State. Jefferson held this position from March 22, 1790 until December 31, 1793. Some of the major issues during Thomas Jefferson's time as Secretary of State were the national debt and the location of the nation's capitol. Jefferson opposed a national...

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