1953 – The British West Indian colonies agreed on the formation of the British Caribbean Federation that would eventually become a self-governing unit in the British Commonwealt

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LONDON, April 30 — Representatives of British West Indian colonies formally announced today that they had agreed upon the formation of a British Caribbean Federation which is intended to become eventually a new self-governing unit in the British Commonwealth.

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1789 – George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.

In 1789, the first presidential election, George Washington was unanimously elected president of the United States. With 69 electoral votes, Washington won the support of each participating elector. No other president since has come into office with a universal mandate to lead.  See the source image


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