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This Day In History1778 – France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris, 1st US treaty.

1832 – US ship destroys Sumatran village in retaliation for piracy.

1843 – The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels opens (Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City)

1869 – Harper’s Weekly publishes 1st picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers.

1911 – 1st old-age home opened in Prescott, Arizona.

1929 – Rudy Vallee recorded “Deep Night”

1934 – Reds purchase 43-year-old Dizzy Vance from the Cards for $7,500.

1935 – “Monopoly” board game goes on sale for 1st time.

1945 – US 8th Air Force bombs Magdeburg/Chemnitz.

1951 – Radio commentator Paul Harvey arrested for trying to sneak into Argonne National Laboratory, a nuclear test site located 20 miles west of Chicago.

1953 – US controls on wages & some consumer goods lifted.

1959 – Fidel Castro is interviewed by Edward R Murrow.

1965 – “Kelly” opens & closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC.

1968 – Former President Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one.

1974 – US House of Representatives begins determining grounds for impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

1980 – John Wayne Gacy goes on trial for the murder of 33 young men in Cook County, Illinois.

1987 – No-smoking rules take effect in US federal buildings.

1998 – Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.

1998 – Mary Kay Letourneau, 36, former teacher, who violated probation by seeing 14 year old father of her baby, sentenced to 7 years.

2018 – Elon Musk’s company SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, world’s most powerful rocket.

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