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This Day In History

1774 – Portsmouth, New Hampshire militiamen successfully attack arsenal of Ft. William & Mary.

1893 – 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Ky. to Cincinnati.

1862 – Battle of Kinston, fought in Lenoir County, North Carolina begins (Goldsboro Expedition), Union victory (US Civil War)

1903 – The Wright brothers attempt to fly the Wright Flyer for the first time at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1916 – America’s first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical school in Memphis, Tennessee.

1934 – 1st streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany, NY)

1938 – American League permits Cleveland & Philadelphia to play night games.

1944 – Congress establishes rank of General of Army (5-star General)

1946 – UN General Assembly votes to establish UN HQs in New York City.

1955 – 16 countries join the United Nations, including Austria, Finland, Italy and Spain.

1961 – Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John” is 1st country song to get a gold record.

1962 – Mariner 2 makes 1st US fly-by of another planet (Venus)

1964 – Michael Brown meets Renee Fladen, then writes “Walk Away Renee”

1969 – Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on “Ed Sullivan Show”

1980 – At 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon.

1984 – Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football.

1987 – Chrysler pleads no contest to selling driven vehicles as new.

2003 – President George W. Bush announces the capture of Saddam Hussein.

2016 – Amazon announces its 1st delivery by drone 2 km from their warehouse in the UK.

2017 – US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission votes to end net neutrality.

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