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Today In History

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1997

In 1639: French Cardinal Richelieu invented the table knife when he ordered that all knives at his table be rounded at the top.

In 1804: Napoleon became emperor of France.

In 1860: The Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln for President.

In 1866: Congress authorizes the minting of a five-cent coin, soon nicknamed the nickel.

In 1916: Congress proposed the 17th amendment, calling for the direct election of U.S. senators. Up until then, senators were chosen by state legislatures.

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