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1907 – Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater in 57 seconds at Aquatic Park in San Francisco, California.

1918 – Winchell Smith & Frank Bacon’s comedic play “Lightnin” premieres in New York City.

1935 – Civilian Conservation Corps camp opens in Brecksville Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks.

1937 – Pumping to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay is finished.

1939 – 1st Major League Baseball telecast on W2XBS – Cincinnati Reds defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn.

1945 – Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender at the end of WWII.

1951 – Film “An American in Paris” with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture, 1952)

1959 – British Motor Corporation introduces the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis. It was only 10 feet long but seated 4 passengers.

1967 – Dean Chance pitches a 2-1 no-hitter as Minnesota Twins sweep Cleveland.

1968 – “Hey Jude” single released by the Beatles in the United States (Billboard Song of the Year 1968, Billboard 10th biggest song of all time 2013)

1971 – New York Giants football team announces they’re leaving Bronx for New Jersey in 1975.

1973 – University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school of belly-dancing.

1981 – Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn’s moon Titan.

1985 – Baltimore Orioles’ Eddie Murray knocks in 9 runs in a game vs. California Angels.

1989 – Trumbull, Connecticut is 1st US team since 1983 to win the Little League World Series.

1992 – Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Louisiana as Category 3 storm after causing deaths and damage in Florida.

1996 – President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform into law, representing a major shift in welfare policy.

2011 – The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA.

2015 – WDBJ-TV reporter Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward are fatally shot live on TV by an ex-colleague in Moneta, Virginia.

2019 – Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay state of Oklahoma $572 million in 1st trial against opioid manufacturer.

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