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Subject: Interesting
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 08:42:38 EDT

The USA takes possession of its latest purchase today in 1876 - a place
called Alaska. The vast piece of real estate (the largest in the USA in terms of
land area) costs $7,200,000 and was formerly a possession of Russia. It will
eventually become an American state in 1959 - the 49th of the Union.
World history takes a major turn today in 1781 as British forces under
General Cornwallis surrender to the combined armies of American General George
Washington and French Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau.
This is the last major battle of the American War of Independence and assures
the freedom of the United States of America.

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