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This Day In History

1750 – First school in America to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland.

1831 – Erie Canal closes for entire month due to weather.

1835 – Hans Christian Anderson publishes his 1st book of fairly tales.

1843 – 1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens.

1868 – John D. Rockefeller begins anti oil war.

1878 – 1st White House telephone installed.

1903 – “The Great Train Robbery”, the 1st Western film, released.

1913 – 1st drive-up gasoline station opens (Pitts)

1921 – 1st US helium-filled dirigible makes 1st flight.

1929 – Game of Bingo invented by Edwin S. Lowe.

1936 – Bell Labs tests coaxial cable for TV use.

1951 – Golden Gate Bridge closes due to high winds.

1953 – Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine’s 1st centerfold.

1964 – Martin Luther King speaks to J. Edgar Hoover about his slander campaign.

1973 – Jack Nicklaus becomes 1st golfer to earn $2M in a year.

1982 – Dentist Barney B. Clark gets 1st artificial heart.

1994 – PTL leader Jim Bakker released from jail.

1997 – Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS.

1998 – Exxon announces a $73.7 billion USD deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world’s largest company.

2008 – The US economy has been in recession since December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research announces today.

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