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On this Day in History – April 7

1798 – Mississippi Territory organized.
1863 – Battle of Charleston, South Carolina failed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter.
1891 – Nebraska introduces 8 hour work day.
1902 – Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms.
1919 – 1st parcel of land is purchased for Cleveland Metroparks.
1922 – Warren G. Harding’s Interior Secretary, Albert B. Fall, leases the Teapot Dome oil reserves to Harry Sinclair, setting in motion the Teapot Dome scandals.
1923 – 1st brain tumor operation under local anesthetic performed (Beth Israel Hospital in NYC) by Dr. K. Winfield Ney.
1927 – Using phone lines TV is sent from Washington, D.C. to NYC.
1933 – ‘National Beer Day’ Cullen-Harrison act comes into effect legalizing sale of low alcohol beer.
1945 – US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide mission, super battleship Yamato & four destroyers were sunk.
1953 – 1st west-to-east jet transatlantic nonstop flight.
1954 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a “domino-effect” of communism in Indo-China.
1959 – Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years.
1969 – The Internet’s symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1.
1971 – US President Richard Nixon orders Lt. Calley (Mi Lai) free.
1980 – Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis.
1985 – 1st live telecast of Easter Parade in New York.
1990 – John Poindexter (National Secretary Advisor) found guilty on Iran-Contra scandal.
2003 – U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein’s regime falls two days later.
2017 – US President Donald Trump orders missile strike on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun.
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