The land ceded to the United States in the 1804 treaty is shown here in yellow.
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79 CE | Vesuvius awakes, darkening skies and burying cities
An ash and cinder plume rockets into the afternoon sky of southern Italy as Mt. Vesuvius erupts with a terrifying force, killing tens of thousands in Pompeii with searing heat and burying them in ash where they lay. The eruption’s flows also consume the city of Herculaneum.1814 | British set the White House and US Capitol ablaze
President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison flee Washington, DC, just ahead of a British commander bent on destruction. After dining at a deserted White House, Major General Robert Ross’ soldiers set fire to the Presidential Mansion, the Capitol, and other public buildings.1891 | Inventor extraordinaire patents a motion picture camera
With the invention of the light bulb, electric power lines, and the phonograph behind him, Thomas Alva Edison patents his newest invention, the Kinetographic Camera, a movie-recording device he describes as “an instrument which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear.”
Date: Aug 24, 1814