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This Day in History for February 24

1839 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia.

1868 – US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson.

1888 – Louisville, Kentucky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms)

1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.

1921 – 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hours flying time arrives in Florida.

1938 – DuPont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles.

1943 – Texas League (baseball) announces it will quit for the duration of WW II.

1951 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Milan won by Richard Button of USA.

1955 – 12th Golden Gloves: “On the Waterfront”, Marlon Brando, & Judy Garland win.

1961 – Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit.

1963 – 5th Daytona 500: Tiny Lund driving for Wood Brothers Racing, wins on 4 pit stops as first 10 laps run under caution flag because of rain.

1964 – “My Heart Skips a Beat” single release by Buck Owens (Billboard #1 U.S. Hot Country Singles 1964)

1968 – US troops reconquer Hue Vietnam.

1977 – US President Jimmy Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights.

1980 – US ice hockey team clinches gold medal with 4-2 win over Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; comes after 4-3 “Miracle on Ice” victory against hot favorite Soviet Union.

1986 – Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million.

1989 – US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die.

1996 – Cuba downs 2 US planes.

2002 – IXX Winter Olympics close in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

2013 – 55th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins 2nd Great American Race: Danica Patrick first female to start from pole position, also best ever finish by a woman at Daytona (8th).

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