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This Day In History1803 – US Congress accepts Ohio’s constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953.

1831 – 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run in Pennsylvania.

1856 – Tin-type camera patented by Hamilton Smith, Gambier, Ohio.

1878 – Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his gramophone (phonograph)

1884 – Enigma outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people.

1906 – Will Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin found the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg’s.

1913 – 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box.

1929 – Medical diathermy machine 1st used, Schenectady, NY.

1934 – US contract air mail service canceled, replaced by US army for 6 months.

1942 – FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans.

1945 – US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese with 30,000 US Marines.

1953 – William Inge’s “Picnic” premieres in NYC.

1963 – USSR informs JFK it is withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba.

1968 – “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” debuts on NET (now PBS)

1983 – LA Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela wins his salary arbitration of $1 million.

1985 – Canned & bottled Cherry Coke introduced by Coca-Cola.

1987 – US President Ronald Reagan lifts trade boycott against Poland.

1997 – FCC makes available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls.

2002 – NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.

2007 – Blogging website Tumblr is founded by David Karp in New York.

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