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1915 – Frank Friday Fletcher is first US Admiral to receive Congressional Medal of Honor.

1915 – Henry Ford’s peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe ‘to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas’

1920 – 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo 7, Canton 3 at Polo Grounds, NYC.

1927 – Duke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem.

1933 – FDR creates the Federal Alcohol Control Administration.

1942 – FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration (WPA)

1942 – US bombers strike Italian mainline for first time in WW II.

1951 – Aaron Copland’s and Jerome Robbins’ ballet “The Pied Piper” premieres in New York City.

1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA.

1956 – An impromptu recording session by the “Million-Dollar Quartet” – Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash – takes place at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

1961 – Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title.

1970 – Unemployment in US increases to 5.8%.

1981 – “Falcon Crest” premiers on CBS-TV.

1990 – Due to Persian Gulf crisis gas hits $1.60 per gallon in NYC.

1996 – NASA’s 1st Mars rover launched from Cape Canaveral.

2005 – U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries “Pope Paul II” on CBS.

2014 – NBC airs musical “Peter Pan Live!” starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken; substantially revised from the earlier Mary Martin productions.

2017 – US Supreme Court allows President Trump’s travel ban to come into effect for 6 mostly Muslim countries.

2019 – North American migratory birds getting smaller, their wings wider due to climate change according to study by University of Michigan published in journal “Ecology Letters”