Thomas Jefferson becomes the first secretary of state, the Dachau concentration camp opens, The Beatles release their first album, and the Comet Hale-Bopp does a fly-by, all on this day.
1972: Congress sends the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. The proposed amendment, designed to guarantee equal rights for women, ultimately would fall short of the three-fourths approval needed to be ratified.
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