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1864 – Battle of Plymouth, North Carolina during the Civil War.

1892 – The Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Browns 5-1 in the first Sunday National League baseball game.

1907 – Ellis Island in New York records 11,745 immigrants.

1924 – Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B Mayer Co. merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer known as MGM.

1941 – United States Office of Price Administration forms to handle rationing.

1945 – United States troops land in central Mindanao, Philippines during the Battle of Mindanao.

1951 – New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle plays his first Major League Baseball game and goes 1-for-4.

1960 – Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians trade reigning home run champion Rocky Colavito to the Detroit Tigers for reigning American League batting champion Harvey Kuenn.

1961 – 33rd Academy Awards: “Apartment” wins best film, Burt Lancaster and Elizabeth Taylor win best actor, actress, respectively.

1964 – Ford Mustang formally introduced at a base price of $2,368.

1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

1976 – Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her second Women’s Tennis Association Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, beating Chris Evert 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

1978 – A record 63.5 million shares traded on the New York stock exchange.

1982 – Country music legend Johnny Cash hosts Saturday Night Live, participates in skits, performs medley of hits with Elton John as an additional musical guest.

1993 – Two Los Angeles police officers convicted in federal court of violating Rodney King’s civil rights are sentenced to prison while two others are acquitted.

2002 – Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-10s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.

2014 – 15 people are killed and 100 are injured after a fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas.

2019 – Terror alert closes schools in Denver, Colorado, due to 18-year-old woman obsessed with Columbine massacre. She is found dead.

2021 – Global COVID-19 death toll passes 3 million, according to Johns Hopkins University figures.

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