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1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency.

1919 – Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap.

1927 – Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford.

1932- Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney.

1935 – Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs in Pittsburgh, Boston Braves still lose the game 11-7 to the Pirates.

1941 – Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for the 1st time in 1941.

1947 – Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co’s Mine #5 killing 111 in Illinois.

1953 – 1st non-commercial educational television station – Houston, Texas.

1955 – Series of 10 twisters destroy Lidall, Kansas and most of Blackwell, Oklahoma.

1961 – President John F. Kennedy announces US goal of putting a man on the Moon before the end of the decade.

1964 – 16th Emmy Awards: “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win.

1973 – US launches 1st Skylab crew Joseph Kerwin, Pete Conrad, Paul Weitz.

1977 – “Brady Bunch Hour” last aired on ABC-TV.

1979 – American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground.

1986 – 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida.

1992 – Jay Leno becomes permanent host of talk show “The Tonight Show”

2003 – Indianapolis 500: French born Brazilian driver Gil de Ferran passes Penske teammate and defending champion Helio Castroneves with 31 laps remaining for his 1st Indy 500 win.

2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her 25 year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

2017 – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University after dropping out in 2004.

2020 – Video of African American George Floyd’s arrest and murder while restrained in Minneapolis police custody shows he was pinned to the ground by police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, ignites widespread condemnation and nationwide protests.

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