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This Day in History for April 6

1808 – John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company.

1888 – George Eastman begins selling his Kodak flexible rolled film for the first time.

1893 – Andy Bowen & Jack Burke box 7 hours, 19 minutes to no decision (111 rounds)

1909 – 1st credit union forms in US.

1912 – Electric starter 1st appeared in cars.

1917 – US declares war on Germany, enters World War I.

1930 – Hostess Twinkles invented by bakery executive James Dewar.

1931 – 1st broadcast of “Little Orphan Annie” on NBC-radio.

1931 – “A Connecticut Yankee” film based on novel by Mark Twain, directed by David Butler, starring Will Rogers is released.

1938 – Teflon invented by Roy J. Plunkett.

1943 – British and US armies link up in Africa during WW II.

1952 – 16th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Sam Snead wins his second green jacket by 4 strokes over Jack Burke, Jr.

1959 – 31st Academy Awards: “Gigi”, Susan Hayward & David Niven win.

1968 – Gas and powder explosions at sporting goods store, downtown Richmond, Indiana, kills 41 and injures more than 150.

1977 – Kingdom opens, Seattle Mariners 1st game, lose to Angels 7-0.

1984 – 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41-C) Challenger 5 is launched.

1987 – 22nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win.

1992 – 54th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Duke beats Michigan, 71-51; back-to-back titles for Blue Devils and coach Mike Krzyzewski.

1992 – Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0.

2009 – 71st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan State, 89-72: Tar Heels 5th national title; Ty Lawson 21 points.

2016 – US primary elections: Wisconsin won by Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz.

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