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Plastic

Plastic The first truly synthetic plastic was invented by Leo Baekeland - a Belgium chemist living in New York. Baekeland was already very rich as he had invented the first commercially successful photographic paper and sold it to George Eastman in 1898 for $1 million. With such money, Baekeland could engage himself in whatever research he decided to do.
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Panama Congress - History

Simon BolivarPresident John Quincy Adams supported the participation of the United States in the Panama Congress. The purpose of this convention, called by Simon Bolivar, was to promote unity among the countries of the Americas. Opposition from Southern Conservatives delayed confirmation of the US delegates so long that it was impossible for them to attend.
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Amistad Case - Date, Facts and Significance

In August 1839, a U.S. Aboard the Spanish ship were a group of Africans who had been captured and sold illegally as slaves in Cuba. The enslaved Africans then revolted at sea and won control of the Amistad from their captors. U.S. authorities seized the ship and imprisoned the Africans, beginning a legal and diplomatic drama that would shake the foundations of the nation’s government and bring the explosive issue of slavery to the forefront of American politics.
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'OK' Enters National Vernacular

On March 23, 1839, the initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.During the late 1830s, it was a favorite practice among younger, educated circles to misspell words intentionally, then abbreviate them and use them as slang when talking to one another.
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Bryan and Arbitration

Soon after taking office, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan set about the lofty task of eradicating war. Many of the treaties also provided for one-year cooling-off periods that prohibited any other action until the time expired; then a nation could accept or reject the commission& 39;s findings and act in their own best interests.
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