On this day in America in 1915, Congress created the Coast Guard as the fifth branch of the Armed Forces. Also on this day in American history in 1973, United States' involvement in Vietnam officially came to a close, as the Paris Peace Accords went into effect; with Henry Kissinger winning the Nobel Peace Prize for having negotiated the settlement. Lastly on this day in America in 1986, NASA's space shuttle Challenger exploded after only 73 seconds of flight, killing all seven crew members.
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