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This Day In History

1787 – Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution.

1791 – Bank of North America opens at Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia.

1800 – Washington, D.C., established as the capital of the United States of America.

1874 – Hawaii King David Kalakaua is 1st king to visit the US as guest of Ulysses S. Grant at 1st US state dinner at the White House.

1914 – The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%.

1917 – Rev Edward Flanagan forms Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska.

1946 – ‘Tide’ detergent introduced.

1946 – UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

1949 – American League votes 7-1 rejecting legalizing the spitball.

1957 – US announces manufacture of Borazon (harder than diamond)

1957 – William J Kolff and his team at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic removed the heart from a dog and replaced it with a pneumatic pump which kept the dog alive for 90 minutes, proving the viability of the artificial heart.

1959 – UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established.

1963 – Frank Sinatra Jr returned after being kidnapped.

1967 – US launches Pioneer 8 into solar orbit.

1975 – Sara Jane Moore pleads guilty to trying to kill US President Gerald Ford.

1976 – QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet.

1980 – US’s copyright law amended to include computer programs.

1980 – Apple makes its initial public offering on the US stock market – 28 years later it would become the first US company valued at over $1 trillion.

1985 – 248 US soldiers & 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash.

1995 – Amendment to make it illegal to physically the flag turned down by Senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote)

2013 – The United States announces sanctions on the two dozen companies who assisted Iran with their nuclear program.

2017 – Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat in upset win marked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore.