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This Day in History – February 6

1839 – Henry Clay declares in Senate “I had rather be right than president”

1862 – Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island, NC.

1908 – Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St. Louis Browns for $5,000.

1915 – 1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received.

1936 – Felix the Cat, Cartoon Character, by Van Beuren from Otto Messmer.

1940 – Walt Disney’s second feature length movie, “Pinocchio” premieres (NYC)

1943 – Shoe rationing begins in US (may purchase up to 3 more pairs in 1942)

1944 – Bing Crosby records “Swinging on a Star” for Decca Records.

1948 – Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff.

1949 – Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees)

1959 – Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced.

1959 – Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M.

1962 – US President JFK begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports.

1964 – Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream.

1974 – Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder.

1983 – 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)

1993 – Pebbles Flintstone & Bamm Bamm Rubble wed.

1994 – 21st American Music Awards: Whitney Houston wins.

1998 – 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan.

2010 – Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to win their first super bowl.

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