04/17/2024
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1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America.

1803 – Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of $15 million, doubles the size of the USA.

1900 – Casey Jones dies heroically in a train wreck at Vaughn, Mississippi, while driving Cannonball Express (immortalized in “Ballad of Casey Jones”)

1916 – Germany ratifies bill bringing in Daylight Saving Time – first country in the world.

1925 – Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc is sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity.

1935 – World Congress for Women’s Rights concludes in Istanbul.

1939 – NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World’s Fair.

1945 – “Arthur Godfrey Time” begins a 27 year run on CBS radio.

1952 – Mr. Potato Head is the 1st toy advertised on television.

1961 – 1st shuttle between Washington, D.C., Boston & New York begin (Eastern)

1970 – Cubs Billy Williams is 1st National League player to play in 1,000 consecutive games.

1972 – “Arthur Godfrey Time” ends a 27 year run on radio.

1974 – President Richard Nixon hands over partial transcripts of Watergate tape recordings.

1980 – “Barnum” opens at St. James Theater NYC for 854 performances.

1986 – Bill Elliott sets all-time NASCAR qualifying record, winning pole for the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway; 212.809 mph.

1989 – World Wide Web (WWW) was first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee.

1996 – President Bill Clinton approves the sale of $227 million of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; US gas prices are at their highest levels in 5 years.

2001 – Vice President Dick Cheney calls for increased domestic production of fossil fuels and increased usage of nuclear power to meet America’s energy demand.

2009 – Chrysler automotive company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

2018 – Superhero film “Avengers: Infinity War” sets new record for an opening weekend earning $250 million in the US, $630 million worldwide.

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