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This Day in History for April 1

1850 – San Francisco County government established.

1889 – 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)

1899 – NC Mutual opens doors for business.

1927 – 1st automatic record changer introduced by His Master’s Voice.

1929 – Louie Marx introduces Yo-Yo.

1930 – American golfer Bobby Jones starts his Grand Slam season by winning the Southeastern Open by 13 strokes over Horton Smith at the Forest Hills-Ricker Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia.

1934 – Clyde Barrow kills two young highway patrolmen, H.D. Murphy and Edward Bryant Wheeler, a the intersection of Route 114 near Grapevine, Texas.  Bonnie Parker’s role in the murders helps turn public perception against the gang for good.

1941 – US Navy takes over Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.

1945 – Battle of Okinawa: US ground forces invade Okinawa during World War II in the largest amphibious assault of the Pacific Theatre.

1954 – 1st US Army helicopter battalion forms, Ft. Bragg, NC.

1960 – 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS)

1963 – Soap operas “General Hospital” & “Doctors” premier on ABC TV.

1970 – US President Richard Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertisements from January 1, 1971.

1976 – Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs’ parent house in Cupertino, California.

1978 – “The Bob Newhart Show” last airs on NBC-TV.

1986 – World oil prices dip below $10 a barrel.

1990 – CBS fires sportscaster Brent Mussburger.

1991 – US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour.

2004 – Google introduces Gmail: the launch is met with skepticism on account of the launch date.

2019 – US online sales overtake retail sales for the first time, with 11.813% online compared with 11.807% for general merchandise stores.

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