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This Day in History for December 14

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1849 – 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston)

1862 – Battle of Kinston, fought in Lenoir, North Carolina begins (Goldsboro Expedition); Union victory (US Civil War).

1903 – The Wright brothers attempt to fly the Wright Flyer for the first time at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1916 – America’s first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee.

1930 – NY Giants defeat Notre Dame 22-0 in a charity game.

1938 – Major League Baseball agrees on use of a standard ball, disagrees on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players, although Commissioner Judge Landis eventually decides on 25.

1944 – Congress establishes rank of General of Army (5-star General)

1947 – The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida.

1958 – Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium.

1961 – Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John” is 1st country song to get a gold record.

1969 – “Leaving on a Jet Plane” single sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, written by John Denver is No. 1 US Billboard’s Hot Top 100.

1980 – New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20.

1984 – Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football.

1987 – Chrysler pleads no contest to selling driven vehicles as new.

1993 – “Philadelphia” one of the first mainstream films about AIDS, directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington premieres in Century City, California.

2003 – President George W. Bush announces the capture of Saddam Hussein.

2012 – 28 people, including 20 children, are shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

2016 – Amazon announces its 1st delivery by drone 2 km from their warehouse in the UK.

2017 – The Walt Disney Company buys most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion.