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1861 – US banks stop payments in gold.

1903 – Electric arc lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes in American history.

1907 – Abraham Mills’ commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball.

1924 – Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

1936 – United Auto Workers sage 1st sit-down strike, at Fisher Body Plant.

1948 – “Kiss Me, Kate” opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances.

1950 – “Sixty Minute Man” record single released by The Dominoes (Billboard Song of the Year 1951)

1953 – The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about $1,175 (USD) each from RCA.

1962 – National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC:  Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants, 16-7; MVP: 1963 –   Ray Nitschke, Green Bay, LB.

1963 – “Let’s Make A Deal,” debuts on NBC-TV.

1968 – Frank Sinatra first records “My Way” with lyrics written by Paul Anka and based on the French Song “Comme d’habitude”

1972 – US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam & announces peace talks.

1974 – Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought)

1980 – “Wonderful World of DIsney” last performance on NBC TV.

2003 – U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft recuses himself and his office from the Plame affair.

2012 – 9 people are killed and 26 injured in a tour bus crash off interstate 84, Oregon, US.

2013 – NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins.

2016 – 83rd Orange Bowl: #10 Florida State beats #6 Michigan 33-32.

2018 – Patrick Mahomes becomes only the 2nd quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during KC Chiefs’ 35-3 win over Oakland Raiders; achieves both marks with 3rd quarter 89-yard TD pass to Demarcus Robinson.

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