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This Day in History for February 24

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This Day In History1803 – US Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)

1839 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia.

1857 – 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government.

1868 – US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson.

1888 – Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms).

1908 – In ‘Muller v Oregon’, the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails ‘liberty of contract’.

1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.

1921 – 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hours flying time arrives Florida.

1938 – DuPont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles.

1951 – “Bless You All” closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances.

1955 – 12th Golden Globes: On The Waterfront, Marlon Brando & Judy Garland win.

1960 – 2nd Daytona 500: Junior Johnson wins (124.74 MPH).

1969 – 26th Golden Globes: The Lion in Winter, Peter O’Toole, & Joanne Woodward win.

1977 – 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win.

1979 – Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stanford, Texas.

1983 – Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time.

1986 – Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million.

1991 – “Those Were The Days” closes at Edison Theater NYC after 126 performances.

2002 – 19th Winter Olympic Games close at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

2008 – Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

2013 – 55th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (159.25 MPH)