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1732 – Benjamin Franklin under the pseudonym Richard Saunders begins publication of “Poor Richard’s Almanack”

1849 – Jean Baptiste Jolly discovers dry-cleaning. He accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect.

1905 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)

1935 – WPA Federal Art Project Gallery opens in NYC.

1942 – Robert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly Atlantic 100 times.

1945 – Congress officially recognizes “Pledge of Allegiance”

1948 – US announced a study to launch an Earth Satellite.

1949 – 20th Century Fox announces it will produce TV programs.

1958 – “The Greatest Game Ever Played”. Baltimore Colts win the 26th NFL championship against the New York Giants 23-17 at Yankee Stadium, in the first ever sudden death overtime game in NFL history. 17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game.

1958 – Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1.

1964 – Principal filming on film “Doctor Zhivago” begins.

1973 – US President Nixon signs Endangered Species Act into law.

1975 – “The Hail Mary”, with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a legendary 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the “Hail Mary” play is born.

1983 – US threatens to leave UNESCO after objecting to its domination by a coalition of third world and Soviet bloc nations.

1990 – 2 die and 188 are injured in a NYC subway electrical fire in a tunnel near Clark Street, Brooklyn.

2000 – US retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.

2012 – Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children.

2019 – 49th Fiesta Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal), #3 Clemson beats #2 Ohio State, 29-23.

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