04/17/2024
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1836 – Samuel Colt patents first multi-shot revolving-cylinder revolver, enabling the firearm to be fired multiple times without reloading.

1862 – First Legal Tender Act 1862 is passed by Congress, authorizing the creation of paper money not redeemable in gold or silver. It was the first flat paper money that was legal tender in America. About $430 million worth of “greenbacks” were put in circulation.

1985 – Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds.

1901 – US Steel Corporation organized under J.P. Morgan Sr. through merger of Carnegie Steel Company, Federal Steel Company, and National Street Company.

1913 – The 16th Amendment to the US Constitution becomes law, providing the legal basis for the institution of a graduated income tax.

1924 – Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland high school basketball game in a game that Lonaconing Central won 163-3 over Ursuline Academy.

1933 – First genuine US carrier named USS Ranger.

1944 – US 1st Army completes invasion plan.

1950 – “Your Show of Shows” with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premieres on NBC. Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.

1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets record their smash hit “That’ll Be the Day” in Clovis, New Mexico.

1964 – Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) wins his first world heavyweight boxing title when Sonny Liston fails to come out for round 7 at the Convention Center in Miami Beach.

1971 – “Oh! Calcutta!” moves to Belasco Theater in New York City. It runs for 1,316 performances.

1977 – New Orleans’ Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 points.

1982 – Final episode of “The Lawrence Welk Show” airs.

1986 – 28th Grammy Awards: “We Are the World”, Sade, Phil Collins win.

1994 – New York Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1995 – Singer Frank Sinatra performs for final time before a live audience of 1,200 select guests at the Palm Desert Marriott Ballroom in Palm Desert, California, on the closing of his charity golf tournament.

2009 – American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the White House in Washington, D.C.

2019 – Caitlin Clark sets the Class 5A state tournament single-game scoring record with 42 points in a game for Dowling Catholic High School against Waukee High School.

2021 – Chinese President Xi Jinping claims the country has eradicated extreme poverty (earning less than US $520 a year), though many observers remain skeptical about the accuracy of Chinese data due to widespread corruption and lack of transparency.

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