March 1

On this day. 1845: President John Tyler signed the Texas Annexation Bill, which admitted Texas to the Union as the 28th state. In doing so, the United States inherited Texas's border dispute with Mexico — which led to the Mexican-American War of 1848. The U.S. also inherited Texas's $10 million in debt.

On this day. 1872: President Ulysses S. Grant established the nation's first national park — Yellowstone. A future president, Gerald Ford, worked as a park ranger at Yellowstone — the only President to ever work as a park ranger.

On this day. 1961: President Kennedy signed an executive order establishing the Peace Corps.

Quote of the day

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." – Gerald Ford

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