History: March 6, 2019

1778

American and French delegates meet to formalize an alliance during the American revolution.

The Treaty of Amity and Commerce made the U.S. a sovereign and independent country in the eyes of the French government, and opened up trade between the two countries.

The Treaty of Alliance outlined France’s military support against Great Britain. It said the only term for peace would be the complete independence of the United States from Great Britain.

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1891

The Dalton Gang attempt their first train robbery — and fail.

Bob, Emmett, and Grat Dalton were 3 of 10 sons in the Dalton family. One of their brothers became a U.S. Marshall.

A stealing spree of banks and trains would continue for over a year. But in their last robbery, the townspeople in the bank fought back, killing Bob and Grat, and wounding Emmett. Emmet would serve 14 years in prison.

After his release from prison in 1907, Emmett became a successful real estate magnate in Los Angeles.

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1952

Princess Elizabeth becomes the Queen of England when her father, George VI dies. He’s the guy with the stammer in the movie The King’s Speech.

Elizabeth was in Kenya at the time on holiday. She was 27 years old, married to distant cousin Philip Mountbatten, and had one child, Charles.

She was coronated on June 2, 1953.

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1998

Washington National Airport is formally designated as Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Bill Clinton signed the legislation.

Reagan famously refused to play ball with the Air Traffic Controllers’ union during his presidency. It’s reported that air traffic controllers at Reagan National Airport refuse to use the designation — and still call it Washington Tower or “National Tower,” correcting those who use Reagan’s name.

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