In 1973, President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War, and would be formally signed four days later in Paris.

1789: Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C.

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1845: Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

1933: The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called "Lame Duck Amendment," was ratified as Missouri approved it.

1964: The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified as South Dakota became the 38th state to endorse it.

1968: North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)

2004: Paul Davies and Julie Wood bought the Maryland Independence on eBay for $275,100. The former state yacht, which governors used to entertain VIPs, was put up for sale after Gov. Robert Ehrlich deemed the vessel and its maintenance costs to be too extravagant.

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