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1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors.

1781 – Bank of North America, first US bank opens.

1841 – Alabama becomes first state to license dental surgeons.

1862 – Union ironclad ship “Monitor” sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

1890 – Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot.

1904 – First New Year’s Eve celebration held in Times Square (then Longacre Square) in New York City.

1907 – For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the New Year.

1910 – US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in 1910.

1930 – US tobacco industry produced 123 billion cigarettes in 1930.

1938 – Dr. R.N. Harger’s “drunkometer”, 1st breath test, introduced in Indiana.

1946 – US President Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WW II.

1955 – The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.

1961 – Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion.

1962 – Ohio ends suit against Reds when they agree to stay in Cincinnati for 10 years.

1970 – Congress authorizes Eisenhower dollar coin.

1977 – Serial killer Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado.

1988 – “The Fog Bowl”, a heavy, dense fog rolls over Soldier Field in Chicago during second quarter of the Bears vs Eagles NFC Divisional Playoff Game, cuts visibility to 15-20 yards (Bears win 20-12)

1997 – Microsoft buys Hotmail email service for $400 million and re-launches it as MSN Hotmail.

1997 – Intel cuts price of Pentium II-233 MHz from $401 to $268.

1999 – Control of Panama Canal reverts to Panama.

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