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This Day in History

This Day In History1789—1st congress adjourns.

1789—US War Department established a regular army.

1879—NL owners meeting in Buffalo adopt reserve clause, giving each team exclusive rights to their players.

1880—1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings.

1892—1st night football game played (Mansfield, Penn)

1904—1st monument honoring Spanish American War erected (Monroeville, Ohio)

1907—Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral.

1913—Sam S. Shubert Theater opens at 225, W. 44th ST., NYC.

1916—John D. Rockefeller becomes first billionaire.

1920—Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10.

1927—Telephone service begins between US & Mexico.

1940—“Double or Nothing”, a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net.

1942—32 degrees, lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in September.

1953—“Make Room for Daddy” starring Danny Thomas, premieres on ABC-TV.

1960—“My Three Sons” starring Fred McMurray, debuts on ABC-TV.

1969—Gladys Knight & Pips release “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

1979—Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong.

1986—Mary Lou Retton retires as gymnast.

1995—OJ Simpson trial sent to the jury.

2001—The Syracuse Herald-Journal, a US newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication.

2008—Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

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