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1825 – Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans.

1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

1910 – US National Institute of Arts & Letters incorporated by Congress.

1922 – Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years.

1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first men’s briefs in Chicago, calls it the “Jockey”

1937 – Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record (7h, 28m, 25s)

1952 – NFL purchases struggling football franchise, New York Yanks from owner Ted Collins, moves club to Dallas, Texas.

1955 – “Scrabble” debuts on the board game market.

1961 – 1st episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” is filmed.

1969 – 19th NFL Pro Game, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 10-7, MVP’s Roman Gabriel, LA Rams, QB, Merlin Olsen, LA Rams, DT.

1974 – Notre Dame beats UCLA, 71-70 in South Bend, Indiana to end Bruins’ NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak.

1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW’s plant in Emden, Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.

1981 – US & Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages.

1988 – 48 Hours” premieres on CBS-TV.

1991 – Eastern Airlines shuts down operations.

2001 – Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escapes from Puente Grande maximum-security prison near Guadalajara by bribing prison guards and hiding in a laundry cart.

2012 – FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry website.

2016 – Sarah Palin officially endorses Donald Trump’s presidential bid at a Trump rally in Ames, Iowa.

2021 – The US death toll from COVID-19 passes 400,000.

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