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In 1779: Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski was killed while fighting for American independence during the Revolutionary War Battle of Savannah, Ga.

In 1811: the first steam-powered ferryboat, the Juliana, was put into operation between New York City and Hoboken, N.J.

In 1890: The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C.

In 1962: Pope John XXIII convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church’s 21st Ecumenical Council, also known as Vatican II.

In 1968: Apollo 7, the first Apollo mission with astronauts, was launched with Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard.

In 1984: Space shuttle Challenger astronaut Kathy Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.

In 1985: Arab-American activist Alex Odeh was killed by a bomb blast in California.

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In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

UPDATED: 7:36 p.m.

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.