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1887 – Huntsville Electric Co. forms to sell electricity.

1925 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Edna Ferber for “So Big”

1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a home run but is called out for passing a runner. The mistake costs him American League home run crown: he & Babe Ruth tie for season.

1941 – A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)

1950 – University of Miami ends William & Mary’s streak of tennis match victories at 82.

1952 – Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman.

1954 – Mass trial of Jonas Salk’s anti-polio vaccine begins; the first shot is delivered in Fairfax County, Virginia; more than 443,000 children received shots over three months.

1961 – Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961.

1964 – LPGA Titleholders Championship Women’s Golf, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith retains title; beats Mickey Wright by 1 stroke.

1970 – Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company”, directed by Hal Prince, opens at Alvin Theater NYC: runs for 705 performances, wins 6 Tony Awards.

1976 – Pan Am begins non-stop flights New York City-Tokyo.

1983 – Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 1,200 for 1st time.

1984 – President Ronald Reagan visits China.

1990 – Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller’s record of pitching 12 1-hitters.

1995 – Baseball season begins after a lengthy strike.

2003 – NFL Draft: USC quarterback Carson Palmer first pick by Cincinnati Bengals.

2010 – “Iron Man 2”, directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in Los Angeles.

2018 – Comedian Bill Cosby is found guilty of sexual assault in Pennsylvania.

2021 – US Census show its population growth second slowest in recorded history, population at 331,449,281 with only 7.4% increase since 2010.

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