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This Day In History1832 – John C. Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson)

1846 – Iowa becomes 29th state of the union.

1867 – United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.

1877 – John Stevens applies for a patent for his flour rolling pin.

1905 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)

1912 – 1st municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California as SF Municipal Railway starts operation at Geary St. (Muni)

1923 – George Bernard Shaw’s “St Joan” premieres in NYC.

1928 – Louis Armstrong makes recording of “West End Blues”

1945 – Congress officially recognizes “Pledge of Allegiance”

1948 – US announced a study to launch an Earth satellite.

1949 – 20th Century Fox announces it will produce TV programs.

1958 – Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hits #1.

1963 – Merle Haggard 1st appearance on country chart with “Sing a Sad Song”

1969 – Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” premieres in NYC.

1975 – “The Hail Mary”, with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the “Hail Mary” play is born.

1976 – “Fiddler on the Roof” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 167 performances.

1984 – TV soap “Edge of Night” ends 28 year run.

1991 – Ted Turner is named Time Magazine Man of the Year.

2000 – U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.

2008 – The Detroit Lions finish the season 0-16 with a 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the first time in NFL history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.

2009 – Scarlett Johansson makes her debut on Broadway in the Arthur Miller play “A View from the Bridge”

2012 – Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children.

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