Today in History: Massachusetts issues the first paper money in the Americas, SS Dorchester is sunk by a German U-boat and more

From the discovery first paper money in the Americas to Hawke's Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster. 

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1960

The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in the Americas.

(Photograph:WION)

1809

The Territory of Illinois is created by the 10th United States Congress.

(Photograph:WION)

1931

The Hawke's Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258.

(Photograph:WION)

1943

 The SS Dorchester is sunk by a German U-boat. Only 230 of 902 men aboard survive.

(Photograph:WION)

1989

 A military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay since 1954.

(Photograph:WION)

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