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This Day in History for February 3

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This Day In History1743 – Philadelphia establishes a “pesthouse” to quarantine immigrants.

1834 – Wake Forest University is established in North Carolina.

1863 – Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the “Territorial Enterprise”

1876 – Albert Spaulding with $800 starts sporting goods company, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf balls, & football.

1882 – Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo.

1908 – Supreme Court rules a union boycott violates Sherman Antitrust Act.

1931 – Arkansas legislature passes a motion to pray for soul of H.L. Mencken after he calls state “apex of moronia”

1941 – US Supreme Court upheld Federal Wage & Hour law, sets minimum wages & maximum hours.

1944 – World War II: United States troops capture the Marshall Islands.

1953 – J Fred Mugs, a chimpanzee, becomes a regular on NBC’s Today Show.

1959 – American Airlines Electra crashes in NY’s East River, killing 65.

1959 – “The Day the Music Died” plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J.P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1962 – US President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food & drugs.

1971 – OPEC mandates “total embargo” against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate.

1979 – “YMCA” by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart.

1987 – San Diego Yacht Club celebrates return of America’s Cup.

1994 – President Bill Clinton lifts US trade embargo against Vietnam.

2008 – Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 1714 at the University of Phoenix Stadium MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB.

2009 – Eric Holder becomes 82nd and 1st African American US Attorney General, succeeding Michael Mukasey.

2016 – Rand Paul drops out of the Republican Presidential nomination race.