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This Day in History for August 15

1635 – 1st recorded North American hurricane hits the Plymouth colony.

1848 – M. Waldo Hanchett patents dental chair.

1876 – US law removes Indians from Black Hills after gold find.

1893 – US no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea.

1906 – 1st freight delivery tunnel system begins, underneath Chicago.

1911 – Procter & Gamble unveils its Crisco shortening.

1923 – Mexico and US reaches accord over oil concession of 1917.

1945 – US wartime rationing of gasoline & fuel oil ends.

1946 – Dumont TV Network (WABD-NY) is launched in the US.

1955 – Hurricane Connie dissipates after killing 43 in NC, SC, Virginia and Maryland.

1962 – Shady Grove Baptist Church burned in Leesburg, Georgia.

1971 – KVRL (now KRIV) TV channel 26 in Houston, Texas (FOX) begins.

1971 – US President Richard Nixon announces 90-day freeze on wages, prices & rents.

1978 – US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA.

1986 – US President Ronald Reagan decides to support a replacement for Challenger.

1990 – Phils Terry Mulholland no-hits Giants 6-0 (8th no hitter of 1990)

1991 – 750,000 attend Paul Simon’s free concert in Central Park.

1997 – Dow Jones drops 247.37 points.

2017 – Barack Obama’s tweet “No one is born hating another person because of color of his skin or his background or his religion…” in response to Charlottesville violence becomes most-liked tweet ever.

2018 – Record 72,000 Americans (up 10%) killed by drug overdoses in 2017 in new figures by Centers of Disease Control.

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