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In 1789: The first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.

In 1894: One of the earliest motion picture experiments took place at the Thomas Edison studio in West Orange, N.J., as comedian Fred Ott was filmed sneezing.

In 1953: President Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.

In 1959: The United States recognized Fidel Castro’s new government in Cuba.

In 1989: Emperor Hirohito of Japan died at age 87; he was succeeded by Crown Prince Akihito.


 

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Early exit polls show strong support to lift Ireland ban on abortion

UPDATED: 3:05 p.m.

Ireland’s referendum Friday represented more than a vote on whether to end the country’s strict abortion ban. It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalization in recent years.