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This Day In History1665 – “Ye Bare & Ye Cubb” is first play performed in North America (Acomac, Va.)

1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in North America (Jamestown, Virginia).

1859 – 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Penn by Edwin Drake.

1881 – Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die.

1894 – Congress passes Wilson-Gorman Tariff act, which includes a graduated income tax later struck down by the Supreme Court.

1910 – Using twenty 137,000 candlepower arc lights, 2 amateur baseball team play a night game at White Sox Park.

1913 – Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken applies to patent all-purpose zipper.

1927 – Parks College, American’s oldest aviation school, opens.

1938 – Two NYC subway trains collide at 116th Street killing 2 and injuring 51.

1945 – US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender.

1953 – “Roman Holiday”, starring Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, and Eddie Albert, is released.

1955 – “Guinness Book of World Records” 1st published.

1961 – Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on “What’s My Line.”

1965 – WTVI TV channel 42 in Charlotte, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting.

1972 – US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam.

1978 – Yankee Catfish Hunter’s 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 record in August 1978.

1986 – 38th Emmy Awards presentation – Golden Girls and Cagney & Lacey dominate.

1990 – Market prices plunge as OPEC nears informal agreement to increase output to cover shortfall due to invasion; cash market trading experiences abrupt decline.

2003 – Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles distant.

2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States

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