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This Day in History for February 24

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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.

1937 – 1st US group hospital medical cooperative authorized, Washington, D.C.

1938 – DuPont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles.

1942 – The “Battle of Los Angeles” takes place, a series of anti-aircraft engagements over the city in response to a rumored but false Japanese attack.  I would last until the morning of the following day.

1951 – “Bless You All” closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 84 performances.

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

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

1964 – “My Heart Skips a Beat” single released by Buck Owens (Billboard no.1 U.S. Hot country Singles 1964)

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.

1983 – A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.

1987 – LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point.

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

1996 – Cuba downs 2 US planes.

2002 – IXX Winter Olympic Games 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)

2020 – Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape and a criminal sexual act in landmark case that ignited #MeToo movement.

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