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1803: The Louisiana Purchase is completed as the territory is formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans.
The Louisiana Purchase is completed, South Carolina secedes from the U.S., Edison demonstrates his incandescent light, Elvis gets drafted, and the U.S. invades Panama, all on this day.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency says that 260 Big Island homes were damaged from Tropical Storm Iselle.
The captors of American journalist James Foley originally demanded a ransom of 100 million euros ($132.5 million), according to GlobalPost spokesman Richard Byrne.
Foley was a freelancer for GlobalPost.
Earlier, Philip Balboni, the president and chief...