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In 1830, South American patriot Simon Bolivar died in Colombia.
In 1944, the U.S. Army announced it was ending its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast, effective Jan. 2, 1945.
In 1994, North Korea shot down a U.S. Army helicopter which had strayed north of the demilitarized zone -- the co-pilot, Chief Warrant Officer David Hilemon, was killed; the pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Hall, was captured and held for nearly two weeks.
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