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This Day In History1540 – Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin.

1793 – Noah Webster establishes New York’s 1st daily newspaper, the “American Minerva”

1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of War is established by the U.S. Congress.

1884 – Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate.

1902 – American League announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in NY.

1907 – First Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington, Delaware, post office)

1926 – USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs.

1935 – Walter Liggett American newspaper editor and muckraker killed in gangland murder.

1936 – American League OKs baseball for St. Louis.

1941 – Hitler orders US ships are to be torpedoed.

1953 – General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired.

1965 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premieres.

1968 – NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.

1975 – US President Gerald Ford signs $2.3B loan authorization for NYC.

1983 – Counselor to Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese says people go to soup kitchens”…because food is free & that’s easier than paying for it”

1985 – Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive games with a reception.

1988 – NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M.

1993 – “My Fair Lady” opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 165 performances.

2008 – The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency.

2013 – Mike Ditka’s #89 jersey is retired by the Chicago Bears.