04/21/2024
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1901 – National League rules committee decrees that all foul balls are to count as a strike, except after two strikes.

1919 – American Association for Hard of Hearing forms in New York City.

1921 – US Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard, US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger.

1922 – US Supreme Court unanimously upholds 19th amendment to the Constitution – women’s right to vote.

1935 – 7th Academy Awards: “It Happened One Night”, Clark Gable, and Claudette Colbert win.

1935 – US Supreme Court outlaws all sit-down strikes.

1951 – 22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms.

1959 – Boston guard Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists as Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers.

1963 – Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees signs a baseball contract worth $100,000.

1970 – New York Times falsely reports the US Army has ended domestic surveillance.

1981 – Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner – 610 people on Boeing 747.

1985 – Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief.

1990 – Exxon Corp. and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts in Exxon Valdez grounding case.

1998 – 12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win.

2011 – 83rd Academy Awards: Best Picture “The King’s Speech”, Colin Firth and Natalie Portman win best acting awards.

2019 – First gun control legislation for 25 years passed by US House of Representatives with new federal background checks.

2020 – Dow Jones suffers its biggest points fall in history, closing down 1,190.95 in New York amid concerns about COVID-19.

2022 – Countries sanction Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. European Union closes its airspace to Russian planes, Russian banks excluded from worldwide Swift payment system, Sweden sends arms to Ukraine.

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