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April 4 - The U.S. Congress adopts the flag of the United States as having 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (20 stars) with additional stars to be added whenever a new state is added to the Union.

December 3 - Illinois is admitted as the 21st U.S. state.

1855:

Turgenev writes “A Month In The Country”

1859:

Charles Darwin publishes “The Origin of The Species”

1860:

Anton Chekhov is born in Russia

1863-1865:

The U.S. is involved in The Civil War

1861:

March 3 - Tsar Alexander II signs the Emancipation Manifesto freeing Russian slaves from serfdom, although it takes years for many serfs to receive their new freedom

1883:

February 28 - The first vaudeville theater is opened, in Boston, Massachusetts.

May 24 - Brooklyn Bridge is opened to traffic after 13 years of construction.

May 30 - In New York City, a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse causes a stampede which crushes twelve people.

Other important dates in Russian History:

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