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In 1908, the first Model T was produced, the first ball was dropped in Times Square to celebrate the New Year, the #1 song was Take Me Out to the Ball Game, and the FBI was born, according to a press release issued by the agency last week.

“On July 26, 2018, the FBI celebrates 110 years of public service,” the release said. “In honor of this milestone, we reflect on our history and look forward to the future of the organization. At FBI Headquarters and across all field offices, we are highlighting the FBI’s history and recognizing the people and work of the FBI.”

The agency said further that “Our best traditions have not changed, however — our rigorous adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law, and the guiding principles in our motto of Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.”

The FBI was established on July 26, 1908, by Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte with just 34 special agents and was officially named the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. Since then, the FBI has grown to nearly 37,000 employees, including more than 13,500 special agents and more than 22,800 professional staff employees in 56 field offices, more than 400 resident agencies, and 90 legal attaché offices and sub-offices worldwide.


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