The Union gets its first victory of the Civil War, Ronald Reagan is born, The Righteous Brothers hit No. 1, and astronaut Alan Shepard works on his lunar golf game, all on this day.
1778: The United States gains official recognition from France as the two nations sign the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris. The treaty established a commercial alliance between these two nations.
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