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  • National Security Act goes into effect

    The National Security Act of 1947, signed two months prior by President Truman, goes into effect, establishing the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency. The act initiated the largest restructuring of the American armed forces. 

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  • Washington lays Capitol cornerstone

    President George Washington lays the cornerstone for the new U.S. Capitol building in Washington. On November 17, 1800, Congress held its first session in the partially completed Capitol. 

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