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1878 – Joseph Pulitzer buys the St. Louis Dispatch for $2,500.

1889 – US President Benjamin Harrison dedicates the Chicago Auditorium, designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, then the largest building in the US.

1902 – AL announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in NY.

1925 – Pro football a hit in NYC; Grange & Bears beat Giants before 73,000.

1926 – USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs.

1938 – State of California uses gas chamber instead of hanging for 2nd time in a week: Wesley Eudy and Fred Barnes executed for roles in Folsom Prison escape attempt resulting in murder of warden and guard (San Quintin State Prison, Marin County)

1941 – 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Phillippines.

1949 – NFL merges with AAFC; Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers & Baltimore Colts join league intact, other teams in New York and Los Angeles are merged with existing units.

1953 – General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired.

1965 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, the first Peanuts animated special, premiered on CBS in the US.

1968 – NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.

1974 – Dow Jones index hits 570.01.

1975 – US President Gerald Ford signs $2.3B loan authorization for NYC.

1983 – Counselor to Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese says people go to soup kitchens “because food is free & that’s easier than paying for it.”

1988 – NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M.

1995 – 61st Heisman Trophy Award: Eddie George, Ohio State (RB)

2008 – Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagejevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes, including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

2015 – Amazon’s best-selling book of the year is “Girl on a Train” by Paula Hawkins.

2018 – Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers breaks Tom Brady’s NFL record with his 350th straight pass without an interception during Packers 34-20 win over Atlanta Falcons; finishes game with streak intact at 368.

2018 – Winter Storm hits US southeast killing three, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, cancelling over 1,000 flights.