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This Day In History

1788 – 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia & Longstreet.

1840 – Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated.

1862 – Julia Howe publishes “Battle Hymn of Republic”

1893 – Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio at West Orange, New Jersey.

1898 – 1st auto insurance policy in US issued by Travelers Insurance Co.

1906 – 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas.

1920 – 1st commercial armored car introduced (St. Paul, Minn)

1940 – NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.

1949 – RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

1953 – “General Electric Theater” premieres on CBS TV; Ronald Reagan later hosts.

1958 – 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched.

1960 – 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1964 – The Beatles’ 1st #1 hit “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” topped the top 100, stays #1 for 7 weeks before being replaced by “She Loves You”

1965 – Martin Luther King, Jr. & 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma, Alabama.

1965 – Peter Jennings, 26, becomes anchor of ABC’s nightly news.

1968 – Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers.

1976 – Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce.

1989 – Diana, Princess of Wales visits New York City.

2004 – Wardrobe malfunction: Janet Jackson’s breast is exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

2004 – Super Bowl SSSVIII: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29 at the Reliant Stadium MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB.

2016 – Alphabet, Google’s parent company surpasses Apple as the world’s most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn), after releasing income results.