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In 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, Calif., was opened to public foot traffic.
In 1941, amid rising world tensions, President Roosevelt proclaimed an unlimited national emergency.
In 1964, independent India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, died.
In 1985, in a brief ceremony in Beijing, representatives of Britain and China exchanged instruments of ratification on the pact returning Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1997.
In 1991, in a commencement speech at Yale University, President Bush announced he would ask Congress to extend most-favored-nation trade benefits to China for another year. Ethiopia ordered its troops to lay down their arms in the face of a rebel advance.
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