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This Day In History1682 – First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)

1816 – James Monroe (Va), elected 5th US President, defeating Federalist Rufus King.

1833 – American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia.

1881 – The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.

1915 – F. F. Fletcher is first US admiral to receive Congressional Medal of Honor.

1915 – Henry Ford’s peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe ‘to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas’

1923 – Cecil B. DeMille’s first version of “The Ten Commandments” premieres.

1933 – FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration.

1942 – FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration (WPA).

1945 – Senate approves US participation in United Nations.

1951 – Aaron Copeland’s and Jerome Robbins’ ballet “The Pied Piper” premieres in New York City.

1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, USA.

1964 – Baseball approves a free-agent draft.

1970 – Unemployment in US increases to 5.8%.

1978 – Dianne Feinstein is named as San Francisco’s 1st female & Jewish mayor.

1982 – 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)

1991 – Pan American World Airways ceased operations.

1997 – “Diary of Anne Frank” opens at Music Box Theater in NYC.

2005 – U.S. debut of the first part of two-part TV biopic miniseries “Pope Paul John II” on CBS.

2014 – The United Nations warns that the world is on course for the warmest year since records began.

2016 – Venezuela issues new higher-value notes after currency falls 60% in 1 month against the US dollar.