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This Day in History – February 21

This Day In History

1792 – US Congress passes Presidential Succession Act.

1842 – 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington, DC.

1853 – US authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces.

1857 – Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US.

1874 – Oakland Daily Tribune begins publications.

1885 – Washington Monument dedicated (Washington, DC).

1887 – Oregon becomes 1st US state to make Labor Day a holiday.

1902 – Dr. Harvey Cushing, 1st US brain surgeon, performs his 1st brain operation.

1915 – World’s Fair opens in San Francisco.

1918 – The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zool

1925 – 1st issue of “New Yorker” magazine published.

1931 – Alka Seltzer introduced.

1941 – Omar Bradley is promoted to the rank of brigadier general.

1948 – NASCAR is incorporated.

1953 – Francis Clark & James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule.

1965 – Rights activist Malcolm X is shot dead by Nation of Islam followers at Audubon Ballroom in New York City.

1968 – Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000.

1970 – Jackson 5 make TV debut on “American Bandstand”

1982 – “Ain’t Misbehavin” closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 1604 performances.

1988 – Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation.

2014 – US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama.

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