** ADVANCE FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 ** In this photo released by the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, the first page of a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation is shown. The 1863 document is scheduled to be on view for four days begining Sept. 22, 2007, at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/National Archives and Records Administration) ORG XMIT: ARDJ107
** ADVANCE FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 ** In this photo released by the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, the first page of a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation is shown. The 1863 document is scheduled to be on view for four days begining Sept. 22, 2007, at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/National Archives and Records Administration) ORG XMIT: ARDJ107 (Associated Press)

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states shall be "forever free."

1660: Englishman Samuel Pepys (peeps) began keeping his famous diary.

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1913: The U.S. Parcel Post system went into operation.

1945: France was admitted to the United Nations.

1979: The United States and China held celebrations in Washington and Beijing to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

1994: The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect.

1995: The World Trade Organization (WTO) came into being, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Sweden, Finland and Austria joined the European Union.

2014: The nation's first legal recreational pot shops opened in Colorado at 8 a.m. Mountain time.

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