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This Day In History1787 – Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins debate on the first draft of the Constitution.

1861 – US Congress passes First Constitutional Act.

1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes first person to be executed by electric chair.

1914 – Denis Patrick Dowd, Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War I.

1926 – NY’s Gertrude Ederle becomes 1st woman to swim English Channel.

1937 – US & USSR sign trade treaty.

1939 – 1st broadcast of “Dinah Shore Show” on NBC radio.

1952 – Satchel Paige, 47, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout.

1953 – Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military.

1961 – 1st case of motion sickness in space reported.

1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act prohibiting voting discrimination against minorities.

1966 – US citizens demonstrate against war in Vietnam.

1973 – Roberto Clemente & Warren Spahn inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame.

1983 – Minnesota Vikings beat St. Louis Cards 28-10 in London, England (NFL expo).

1984 – Carl Lewis wins 2nd (long jump) of 4 gold medals in Summer Olympics.

1989 – “Oh! Calcutta!” closes at Edison Theater NYC after 5959 performances.

1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web, WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

1997 – Microsoft announces it will invest $150 million in Apple computer, Inc.

2011 – A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38.

2015 – Comedian Jon Stewart hosts “The Daily Show” for the last time.