05/23/2024
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1903 – Barney Dreyfuss and James Potter buy Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000.

1909 – First National Women’s Day is observed in the United States. Organized by the Socialist Party of America in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.

1917 – The Associated Press reports Mexico and Japan will ally with Germany if the United States enters World War I.

1925 – “Tea For Two” by Marion Harris hits No. 1.

1935 – Wallace Carothers manufactures first nylon polymer.

1940 – US population at 131,669,275 with 12,865,518 African American (5.8%).

1951 – 8th Golden Globes: “Sunset Boulevard”, Jose Ferrer and Gloria Swanson win.

1956 – American engineer Wright Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory.

1960 – Home team United States wins its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Squaw Valley with 9-4 win over Czechoslovakia.

1966 – Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1971 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his second career grand slam. He wins by 2 over Billy Casper.

1976 – 18th Grammy Awards: “Love Will Keep Us Together” Record of the Year, Natalie Cole is first African American to win Best New Artist.

1982 – AT&T loses a record $7 billion for the fiscal year ending February 28.

1988 – XV Winter Olympic Games close in Calgary, Canada.

1990 – US 65th manned space mission, STS 36 (Atlantis 6), launches into orbit.

1997 – Purchasers of cigarettes in the United States must prove they are over 18.

2012 – 54th Daytona 500: Rain affected race stopped for 2 hours because of fuel on track. Matt Kenseth leads final 34 laps to win.

2019 – Summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump collapses without agreement.

2022 – Russia shells the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv while a 40-mile Russian military convoy approaches the capital city of Kyiv.

2023 – FBI Director Christopher Wray confirms the bureau believes COVID-19 pandemic likely originated from a lab accident in Wuhan, China.

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