The Mercury News

TODAY IN HISTORY

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1793

During the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine.

1954

The first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched.

1977

On his first full day in office, President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.

2020

The U.S. reported its first known case of the new virus circulatin­g in China, saying a Washington state resident who had returned the previous week from the outbreak’s epicenter was hospitaliz­ed near Seattle; U.S. officials stressed that they believed the overall risk of the virus to the American public remained low.

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