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1860 – Organized baseball played in San Francisco for 1st time between the Eagles and the Red Rovers.

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

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

1909 – Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Virginia.

1923 – 1st successful chinchilla farm in US (Los Angeles, California)

1935 – Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House.

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

1944 – World War II: US Army Air Forces accidentally bomb Dutch town of Nijmegen, around 800 civilians die.

1957 – Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win.

1959 – Inaugural Daytona 500: Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp cross finish line side by side; Beauchamp declared unofficial winner; ruling overturned after 3 days by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.

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

1980 – “Miracle on Ice”: US hockey team beats heavily favored Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; Americans go on to win gold medal

1989 – 31st Grammy Awards: Don’t Worry Be Happy, Faith & Tracy Chapman are winners.

1992 – Barry Diller resigns as CEO of Fox.

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

2005 – 19th Soap Opera Digest Awards – “General Hospital” wins.

2013 – The UK’s AAA credit rating is downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service to AA+; the agency expects growth to “remain sluggish over the next few years.”

2017 – US President Donald Trump overturns Obama directive on Transgender rights to use toilets.

2019 – Robert Kraft, owner of NFL team the New England Patriots, charged with soliciting prostitution, as part of human-trafficking sting operation in Jupiter, Florida.

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