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987 — Hugh Capet, a seventh-generation descendant of Charlemagne, is crowned King of France, succeeding the last Carolingian king, Louis V. Capet is the first of the Capetian Dynasty that goes on to rule France for 1,468 years, until the French Revolution in 1792.
1608 — The Canadian city of Quebec and the region called New France is founded by Samuel de Champlain, French navigator, cartographer, geographer, ethnologist, diplomat, and chronicler.
1775 — General George Washington officially takes command of the new Continental Army at Cambridge, MA.
1890 — Idaho, nicknamed the “Gem State,” is admitted as the 43rd U.S. state. At one time, it had been part of the Wyoming Territory.
1913 -– Confederate veterans attending “The Great Reunion of 1913” in Gettysburg, PA, reenact Pickett’s Charge. Upon reaching the high-water mark of the Confederacy they are met by the outstretched hands of friendship from Union survivors of the Civil War.