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1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with three ships, Santa Maria, Pinta and Nina from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the “Indies”

1863 – Governor Seymour ask President Lincoln to suspend draft in NY.

1882 – US Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration.

1900 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company founded.

1914 – 1st seaworthy ship passes through the Panama Canal.

1921 – 1st aerial crop dusting in Troy, Ohio, to kill caterpillars.

1923 – Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th US President upon death of President Warren G. Harding.

1941 – Gas (petroleum) sales limited in US.

1953 – Frank Blair becomes news anchor of “Today Show”

1955 – Hurricane Connie begins pounding US for 11 days.

1958 – USS Nautilus reaches North Pole, 1st submarine to achieve submarine transit of North Pole.

1960 – Lee Petty and his sons, Richard & Maurice race against each other for the first and only time at Dixie Speedway in Birmingham, Alabama; Richard 2nd, Lee 3rd.

1963 – Allan Sherman releases “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh”

1967 – 45,000 US soldiers sent to Vietnam.

1970 – Hurricane “Celia” becomes most expansive Gulf storm in history.

1977 – Radio Shack issues a press release introducing the TRS-80 computer, within weeks thousands were ordered.

1981 – 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: ‘if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated.”

1990 – US announces commitment of Naval forces to Gulf regions.

2004 – The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopens after being closed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

2015 – US President Obama unveils his Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouses gases.

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