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Today in History: December 16, Great White Fleet begins 14-month round-the-world voyage

In 1907, 16 US Navy battleships, which came to be known as the “Great White Fleet,” set sail on a 14-month round-the-world voyage, demonstrating both at home and on the world stage that the US had become a major sea power in the years after its triumph in the Spanish–American War, with possessions that included Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico.

Today in History: March 11, 2021

On March 11, 1918, what were believed to be the first confirmed US cases of a deadly global flu pandemic were reported among U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas; 46 would die. (The worldwide outbreak of influenza claimed an estimated 20 to 40 million lives.)

Today in History: March 09, 2021

On March 9, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. The Amistad, ruled 7-1 in favor of a group of illegally enslaved Africans who were captured off the US coast after seizing control of a Spanish schooner, La Amistad; the justices ruled that the Africans should be set free.