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This Day In History1788 – 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet.

1790 – US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC)

1840 – Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated.

1843 – Oldest continuous writer of insurance in America – The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (MONY) opens.

1862 – Julia Howe publishes “Battle Hymn of Republic”

1906 – 1st federal penitentiary building completed, Leavenworth, Kansas.

1920 – 1st commercial armored car introduced (St. Paul, Minn)

1926 – Land at Broadway & Wall Street sold at a record $7 per square inch.

1935 – 1st “March of Time” newsreel premieres at the Capitol.

1951 – 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated.

1958 – 1st US satellite (Explorer I) launched.

1960 – 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1972 – 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395).

1978 – Harriet Tubman is 1st African American woman to be honored on a US postage stamp.

1985 – Minus-69 degrees F, Peter’s Sink, Utah (state record)

1987 – 163 day strike against Deere & Co ends, workers accept wage freeze.

1989 – Diana, Princess of Wales visits New York City.

1991 – American author John Grisham publishes his second novel “The Firm” (bestselling novel of the year)

2006 – Economist Ben Bernanke becomes chairman of the US Federal Reserve, succeeding Alan Greenspan.

2008 – BladenOnline newspaper debuts in Bladen County, NC.

2016 – Alphabet, Google’s parent company, surpasses Apple as the world’s most valuable company ($568bn vs $535bn), after releasing income results.

2017 – Rex Tillerson confirmed as 69th US Secretary of State.

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