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This Day in History – February 5

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This Day In History1644—1st US livestock branding law passed, by Connecticut.

1736—Methodists John & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia.
1778—Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina.
1817—1st US gas company incorporated, Baltimore (coal gas for street lights)
1846—“Oregon Spectator” is 1st newspaper to be published on the West Coast.
1850—Adding machine employing depressible keys patented, New Paltz, NY.
1861—Louisiana delegation except Me. Bouligny withdraws from Congress (US Civil War)
1900—The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal.
1904—American occupation of Cuba ends.
1918—1st US pilot to down an enemy airplane, Stephen W. Thompson.
1922—Reader’s Digest magazine 1st published.
1940—Glenn Miller & his orchestra record “Tuxedo Junction”
1945—US troops under General Douglas MacArthur enter Manilla.
1953—“Peter Pan” by Walt Disney opens at Roxy Theater, NYC.
1959—“Redhead” opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 455 performances.
1968—Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins.
1971—Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo) walk on Moon for 4 hours.
1981—Military jury in North Carolina convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with enemy.
1994—Medger Evans’ murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson Miss, 30 years after the crime.
1997—OJ Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action.
1008—A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.