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On this day: September 18

POSTED: 04:16 PM PDT Sep 17, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Sep 17, 2013 

America takes out its first loan, The New York Times and the United States Air Force are born, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix dies, and "The Guiding Light" ends after 72 years, all on this day.

OTD September 18 - Alexander Hamilton
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1789: Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton negotiates and secures the first loan for the United States. The Temporary Loan of 1789, which was used to pay the salaries of the president, senators, representatives and officers of the first Congress, would be repaid on June 8, 1790, at the sum of $191,608.81.

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