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This Day In History1610 – Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay.

1776 – Formal signing of the US Department of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians).

1790 – 1s US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves.

1819 – 1st parachute jump in US.

1865 – Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

1909 – 1st Lincoln head pennies minted.

1934 – 1st airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it.

1939 – Hatch Act prohibits political activities by federal workers.

1943 – Lt. John F. Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon Islands.

1959 – 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis GC.

1964 – North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which would eventually escalate US involvement in the Vietnam War.

1967 – “In the Heat of the Night” director by Norman Jewison and starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1968).

1972 – Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London.

1982 – Oakland’s Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season.

1985 – Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 die.

1990 – US President George H.W. Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia.

1994 – Congressional hearings begin on White Water.

1998 – San Francisco Giants slugger Bobby Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl.

2008 – “Breaking Dawn”, 4th book in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight Saga” is published by Little Brown at midnight with a print run of 3.7 million copies.

2013 – Carl Icahn sues computer giant Dell in an attempt to derail a buyout bid by the CEO, Michael Dell.