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Browning signs on with FN (1897)

July 17, 1897 A contract between Browning and Fabrique Nationale was signed which authorized the Belgium firm to manufacture a blowback operated, 32 caliber semi-automatic pistol for all markets outside the United States. Production commenced in 1899.

Militia Act of 1862

July 17, 1862 enacted by the 37th United States Congress during the American Civil War allowed African-Americans to participate as war laborers and soldiers for the first timeil Wart