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Thursday, May 01, 2008

NARA- TODAY'S DOCUMENT ONLINE

LOUISIANA PURCHASE TREATY

In this transaction with France, signed on April 30, 1803, the United States purchased 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River for $15 million. For roughly 4 cents an acre, the United States doubled its size, expanding the nation westward.

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JOHN WILKES BOOTH WANTED POSTER

John Wilkes Booth, wanted for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, was found hiding in a barn near Bowling Green, Virginia, by a platoon of New York Cavalry and shot on April 26, 1865.

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EAST MEETS WEST: U.S. FORCES LINK UP WITH RUSSIAN FORCES AT ELBE RIVER

On April 25, 1945, American troops pushing eastward into Nazi Germany finally made contact with Russian forces pushing westward near the Elbe River.

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