A country is born -- and later expands, an "Iron Horse" retires, and we lose three presidents, all on this day.
1803: The Louisiana Purchase is announced in newspapers. The property, which included all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska and parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana, was purchased from France for $15 million (or 3 cents an acre).
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