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1931—Lou Gehrig hits a home run but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season.
1941—Potatoes rationed in Holland.
1956—First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey, for Houston, Texas.
1959—Cuba invades Panama.
1961—Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961.
1966—Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic’s coach.
1968—US underground nuclear test, “Boxcar,” 1 megaton device.
1970…”Company” opens at Alvin theater NYC for 690 performances.
1976—Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo.
1978—NASA launches space vehicle S-201.
1982—CBS radio begins youth oriented broadcast Radio Radio.
1982—Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche.
1984—President Reagan visits China.
1988—1st TNN Viewers Choice Awards—Randy Travis wins in 5 categories.
1991—23 killed in Kansas & Oklahoma by tornadoes.
1993—NBC announces Conan O’Brien to replace David Letterman.
2012—Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California.