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1900 – Post Office issues first books of postage stamps.

1912 – Pittsburgh Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 double play when left fielder covers second base.

1922 – Annie Oakley sets women’s record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row.

1929 – New York Yankees become first Major League Baseball team to permanently feature numbers on backs of uniforms. The numbers correspond to the position in the batting order.

1935 – First radio broadcast of “Fibber McGee & Molly.”

1940 – Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller hurls the first and only Opening Day no-hitter in MLB history in beating the Chicago White Sox 1-0 at Comiskey Park.

1945 – World War II: American forces land and seize the Ie Shima Airfield on Shima Island near Okinawa.

1956 – First solar powered radios go on sale.

1961 – 15th Tony Awards: “Becket” (play) & “Bye Bye Birdie” (musical) win.

1962 – Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News.

1972 – Apollo 16 launched. It’s the fifth manned lunar landing (Descartes Highlands).

1977 – Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia.

1980 – Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis.

1983 – Steve Harvey sets National League record by playing in 1,118 consecutive games.

1987 – Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3,000 points in a season.

1993 – Jury reaches guilty verdict in federal case against police officers (two convicted, two acquitted) who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th.

2007 – Virginia Tech massacre: the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide.

2015 – Elizabeth Holmes, American entrepreneur, inventor, and founder and CEO of Theranos, is named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” of 2015.

2019 – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson becomes the highest paid player in NFL history with a 4-year $140 million extension, including a record $65 million signing bonus.

2021 – Gary Sinise hosts the inauguration ceremony of the World War I memorial in Washington, D.C.

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