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1883 – 48th US Congress (1883-85) convenes.

1907 – George M. Cohan’s musical “Talk of the Town” premieres in New York City.

1911 – Willis Carter presents his influential “Rational Psychrometric Formulae” on air conditioning to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. It makes air conditioning possible.

1923 – First Congressional open session broadcast via radio.

1931 – Alka Seltzer goes on sale.

1933 – As part of a famous Major League Baseball fire sale of players, Philadelphia Athletics owner Connie Mack sells catcher Mickey Cochrane to Detroit for $100,000. Cochrane is immediately named Tigers manager.

1941 – Adolph Hitler views Poltava, Ukraine.

1944 – Temporary merger of 2 National Football League teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals, dissolve at finish of season. World War II ends before start of 1945 season so both teams resume normal operations.

1950 – Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast.

1953 – Webb Pierce records single “In the Jailhouse Now.” It’s the Billboard Song of the Year in 1955.

1961 – George Blanda of Houston Oilers kicks 55-yard field goal.

1967 – First human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr. Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky.

1968 – Elvis Presley’s Comeback Special airs on NBC. It’s his first live performance in seven years, re-launching his singing career.

1979 – Christie’s auctions a thimble for a record $18,400.

1988 – New York lottery pays $45 million to twelve winners. The numbers are 1-8-13-18-28-48.

1997 – Golden State Warriors terminate guard Latrell Sprewell’s four-year, $32 million National Basketball Association contract for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo.

2007 – Devastating winter storms cause Chehalis River to flood many cities in Lewis County, Washington, closing a 20-mile portion of Interstate 5 for several days, resulting in at least eight deaths and billions of dollars of damage.

2018 – 7-year old Ryan of Ryan Toys review is the year’s highest paid YouTube star earning $22 million.

2019 – Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announce they are stepping down from roles at parent company Alphabet. Sundar Pichai to become head of both.

2022 – FBI investigates a targeted attack on two electricity substations in North Carolina which closes schools and leaves around 40,000 without power for days.

2022 – Former President Donald Trump calls for ‘termination’ of all rules, including US Constitution, in a Truth Social post so as to overturn the 2020 election, which he again claims that he won.

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