1836. Samuel Colt receives a patent for his revolver.
1870. Hiram Rhodes Revels, Republican from Mississippi, becomes the first African-American member of Congress (Senate). As of 2009, he is one of only six African-Americans to have ever served in the Senate.
1901. JP Morgan incorporates United States Steel corporation. It was initially capitalized at $1.4 billion, making it the first billion dollar corporation in the world. In its first full year of operations, it produced 67% of all US manufactured steel. Today, it produces only slightly more steel than it produced in that first year, and accounts for only 10% of American steel production. Production peaked in 1953 at 35 million tons, and employment peaked in 1943 (WWII) at 340,000 employees.
1932. That "Bohemian corporal", Adolf Hitler, obtains German citizenship via nationalization, allowing him to run for Reichprasident in that same year.
1933. The USS Ranger is launched, the first US Navy ship to be a fully dedicated aircraft carrier.
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