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1878 – Harley Procter introduces Ivory Soap.

1892 – General Electric Company, formed by merger of Thomas Edison’s General Electric Company with Thomson-Houston Electric Company, arranged by J.P. Morgan and incorporated in New York.

1910 – William Howard Taft is the first president to throw out the first ball at a baseball game.

1912 – RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 a.m. off Newfoundland with the loss of between 1,490 and 1,635 people.

1923 – First sound on film public performance shown at Rialto Theater in New York City.

1927 – New York slugger Babe Ruth hits the first of his Major League Baseball record-breaking 60 home runs in a season off Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Howard Ehmke in the first inning of the Yankees’ 6-3 win.

1941 – First helicopter flight of one hour duration in Stratford, Connecticut.

1945 – Franklin Roosevelt, the 34th president, is buried in grounds of his Hyde Park home in New York state.

1947 – Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers becomes first African-American to play in Major League Baseball.

1952 – The maiden flight of the US Air Force N-52 Stratofortress prototype, designed and built by Boeing.

1955 – Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.

1962 – US national debt above $300 billion.

1975 – First appearance of baseball mascot the San Diego Chicken.

1982 – Apollo Computer announces DN400, DN420 and landscape display.

1989 – Largest lottery in North America, $69 million, drawn in Illinois.

1997 – Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams.

2011 – “Black Friday” for online poker in the United States: Indictment – United States v. Scheinberg shuts down sites, accusing companies of fraud and money laundering.

2019 – Aretha Franklin posthumously received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor becoming the first individual woman to win it since 1930.

2020 – The United States’ deadliest day during COVID-19 with 2,752 deaths reported.

2021 – A shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, leaves eight dead and five injured.

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