HISTORY TODAY

History In 1822, Florida became a United States territory. ■ In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million. ■ In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited denying citizens the right to vote and hold office on the basis of race, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Texas was readmitted to the Union. ■ In 1909, the Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened. ■ In 1923, the Cunard liner RMS Laconia became the first passenger ship to circle the globe as it arrived in New York. ■ In 1959, a narrowly divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Bartkus v. Illinois, ruled that a conviction in state court following an acquittal in federal court for the same crime did not constitute double jeopardy. ■ In 1975, James Ruppert, 41, killed...