Today, Jan 29, in history

On this day in 1861, Kansas is admitted to the Union as the 34th state. Admitted as a free state, the struggle between pro- and anti-slave forces in Kansas was a major factor in the eruption of the Civil War.

Also on this day, in 1777, During the Revolutionary War, American commander Major General William Heath ( below ) and his army of 6,000 abandon their siege on Fort Independence, in Bronx County, New York.

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In 1850, Senator Henry Clay ( below )  of Kentucky introduced the Compromise of 1850 to the Senate

Clay-standing

 

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