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This Day In History1741 – Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine begins publishing.

1838 – Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions.

1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.

1883 – “Ladies Home Journal” begins publishing.

1909 – 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC)

1913 – US President Taft agrees not to intervene in Mexico.

1927 – US restores diplomatic relations with Turkey.

1932 – 1st patent for a tree issued to James Markham for a peach tree.

1938 – US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized.

1943 – Minus 32 degrees (F) Falls Village, Connecticut (state record)

1946 – 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1959 – Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista.

1961 – 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Virginia.

1958 – US 1st 911 phone system goes into service in Haleyville, Alabama.

1982 – Assembled STS-3 vehicle moves from Vandenberg AFB to launch pad.

1988 – 1st documented combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador.

1991 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding.

1992 – Former silver Goodyear blimps are now painted yellow & blue.

1998 – Tellabs Inc acquires Coherent Communications Systems for $680 million.

2006 – The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

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