George Washington delivers the first State of the Union, Elvis is born, 14-year-old Bobby Fischer wins his first U.S. Chess Championships, and a gunman shoots Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Arizona, all on this day.
1815: In the final major battle of the War of 1812, Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans. The Treaty of Ghent ending the war had been signed on Dec. 24, 1814, and ratified by the Prince Regent on Dec. 30 and would be ratified by the United States Senate on Feb. 16, 1815. Hostilities continued until late February when official dispatches announcing the peace reached the combatants in Louisiana, finally putting an end to the war.
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