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This Day in History for April 1

1778 – New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the “$” symbol.

1826 – Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine”

1866 – US Congress rejects presidential veto giving all equal rights in US.

1889 – 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)

1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.

1899 – NC Mutual opens doors to business.

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

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

1935 – 1st radio tube made of metal announced, Schenectady, NY.

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 in the Pacific theatre..

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

1960 – 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)

1967 – The United States Department of Transportation begins operation.

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

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

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

1991 – US minimum wages 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.

2014 – NATO suspends all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia.

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