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This Day in History – February 24

This Day In History1857—1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government.

 
1863—Arizona Territory created.
 
1888—Louisville, KY becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e.secret ballot on standard voting forms)
 
1893—The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America.
 
1909—The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.
 
1914—Frank Craven’s “Too Many Cooks” premieres in NYC.
 
1923—Mass arrests in US of mafia.
 
1932—Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona.
 
1937—1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Washington, DC.
 
1938—DuPont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles.
 
1942—Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German)
 
1943—Major General Omar Bradley flies to Algiers.
 
1951—“Bless You All” closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances.
 
1960—US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1.
 
1968—US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam.
 
1976—Cuba adopts its constitution.
 
1977—President Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights.
 
1981—Britain’s Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer.
 
1983—Dow Jones closes above 1100 mark for 1st time.
 
1985—Amy Alcott wins LPGA Circle K Golf Open Tucson.
 
1986—Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million.
 
1987—Radio personality Larry King suffers a heart attack.
 
1989—US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die.
 
1996—Cuba downs 2 US planes.
 
1998—Elton John knighted.
 
2002—XIX Winter Olympics closes in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
 
2008—Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.
 
2013—Jimmy Johnson wins the 2013 Daytona 500.
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