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

1862 – Battle of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

1903 – “Sweet Adeline”, a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung.

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

1926 – Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square.

1932 – Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City.

1937 – Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC studio.

1942 – 5th NFL All Star Game, Shribe Park, Philadelphia: NFL All-Stars beat Washington Redskins 17-14.

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

1947 – 1st “Howdy Doody Show” (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC.

1956 – Bill Sharmon (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games.

1964 – National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns shutout Baltimore Colts,  27-0; last championship win by a major-league pro sports team from Cleveland until 2016 NBA Cavaliers.

1970 – “Hello Dolly!” closes at St. James Theater NYC after 2844 performances.

1974 – Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years.

1981 – Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 points (38th game)

1986 – 2nd Soap Opera Digest Awards – Days of Our Lives wins.

1992 – Harry Connick, Jr. is caught with 9mm gun in NY’s JFK airport.

2001 – The People’s Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.

2009 – The World Health Organization says 208 countries, territories and communities have reported H1N1 cases, including at least 12,220 deaths.

2012 – NASA unveils plans to capture a 500 ton asteroid in 2025.

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