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This Day In History1630 – Native American Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn.

1775 – 1st US joint stock company (to make cloth) offers shares at 10 cents.

1821 – Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million.

1856 – 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)

1865 – Battle of Wilmington, NC (Fort Anderson) occupied by Federals.

1879 – 1st 5 cent & 10 cent store opened by Frank W. Woolworth in Utica, New York (failed almost immediately)

1903 – Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water.

1920 – 1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track (Emeryville, California)

1932 – Purple Heart (the Badge of Military Merit) award reinstituted.

1942 – World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse.

1967 – 25,000 US and South Vietnamese troops launch Operation Junction City against the Viet Cong, largest US airborne assault since WWII.

1972 – US President Richard Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing.

1973 – US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Washington, D.C.

1988 – Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)

1989 – NY Lotto pays $26.9 million to one winner (#s are 1-5-12-19-44-50)

1992 – Barry Diller resigns as CEO of Fox.

1995 – Steve Fossett completes 1st air balloon over Pacific Ocean (9600 km)

1996 – STS 75 (Columbia 19), launches into orbit.

1997 – Dolly the Sheep, world’s first cloned mammal (from an adult cell) is announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland.

2017 – US President Donald Trump overturns Obama directive on Transgender bathroom rules.