05/20/2024
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This Day In History1814 – Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last commodore Daniel Patterson’s make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans.

1845 – Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia.

1850 – Hawaiian Fire Department established.

1862 – Battle of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

1892 – Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St John laid (NYC)

1900 – Carrie Nation’s 1st public smashing of a bar (Carey Hotel, Wichita, KS)

1906 – 1st annual meeting of American Sociological Society, Providence, Rhode Island.

1915 – US Iron and Steel workers a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day; they are successful as the US needs steel for armaments.

1924 – The US signs a treaty with the Dominican Republic, which supersedes that of 1907; in July, the US had withdrawn its Marines and ended its occupation.

1926 – Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square.

1939 – 1st American skimobiles (North Conway, NH)

1945 – Arthur Laurent’s “Home of the Brave” premieres in NYC.

1945 – The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.

1968 – Apollo 8 returns to Earth.

1983 – Propane gas fire devastated 16 blocks in Buffalo.

1985 – Terrorists kill 20 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports. President Reagan blames Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

1993 – Dow Jones hits record 3792.93.

1996 – CARQUEST Bowl 7: Miami beats Virginia, 31-21.

2012 – NASA unveils plans to capture a 500 ton asteroid in 2015.

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