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1869 – 1st carload of rail freight (boots & shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston after a 16-day trip.

1904 – Automobile tire chain patented.

1914 – Japan declares war on Germany in World War I.

1919 – “Gasoline Alley” cartoon strip premieres in Chicago Tribune.

1936 – 17 year old Bob Feller’s 1st game, he strikes out 15 St. Louis Browns.

1938 – “You Can’t Take It With You” from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres….Best Picture (1939)

1942 – 1st US flights to land on Guadalcanal.

1942 – Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for NY-Washington game (raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief)

1947 – 1st Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Maynard Midgets beat lock Haven All Stars, 16-7.

1953 – Braves’ Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan.

1954 – First flight of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

1963 – Beatles release single “She Loves You” in the UK.

1970 – Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game.

1980 – Charles O. Finley sells Oakland A’s MLB franchise for $12.7m to Walter Haas, Jr. (owner of Levi Strauss)

1985 – Paul Hornung awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games.

1993 – NY Dow Jones index reaches record high of 3,638.96 points.

1996 – Osama bin Laden issues message entitled “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.”

2005 – Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas, later becoming a category 5 hurricane.

2011 – 5.8 earthquake occurs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia.

2017 – US Navy fires Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin as commander of the Seventh Fleet following series of collisions in Asian waters.

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