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This Day In History1842 – US Naval Observatory authorized by an act or Congress.

1886 – 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, SC, 100 die.

1895 – 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 & won 12-0).

1909 – AJ Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball.

1910 – Theodore Roosevelt makes a speech in Kansas advocating a ‘square deal’: property shall be ‘the servant and not the master of the commonwealth’.

1920 – Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air.

1935 – FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents.

1941 – Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC.

1954 – Hurricane Carol hits New England, 70 die, costliest ever hurricane at the time and 1st storm name to be retired.

1961 – Agriculture Hall of Fame forms.

1965 – US Congress establishes Department of Housing & Urban Development.

1968 – 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher.

1978 – Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst.

1980 – “Oklahoma!” closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances.

1987 – Curtis Strange set golf’s earning for year record ($697,385).

1987 – Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video premieres on CBS TV.

1997 – Don Mattingly’s #23 is retired by NY Yankees.

1999 – “Fly” 5th studio album by Dixie Chicks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2000).

2012 – Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan.

2015 – US President Barack Obama arrives in Alaska on a 3 day tour highlighting climate change.

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