04/17/2024
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1834 – President Jackson orders first use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute.

1892 – The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.

1920 – Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week.

1929 – Seeing Eye Guide Dog organization forms in USA.

1936 – 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson.

1943 – US cruiser “Chicago” is heavily damaged by Japanese bombers on the first day of the Battle of Rennell Island.

1948 – Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players.

1959 – Smog pollution with readings higher than the 1952 ‘Great Smog of London’ hits London, with many suffering chest and lung-related illnesses.

1964 – “Dr. Strangelove”, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott premieres.

1972 – 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beast West 115 at Louisville, Kentucky.

1977 – 34th Golden Globes: “Rocky”, Peter Finch, & Faye Dunaway win.

1984 – President Reagan formally announces he will seek a 2nd term.

1986 – 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange.

1988 – United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles the world in 36h-54m-15s.

1989 – Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use. NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129.

1995 – Australian Open Men’s Tennis: Andre Agassi wins his 1st of 4 Australian titles; beats fellow American Pete Sampras 4-6,6-1, 7-6, 6-4.

2002 – President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address describes “regimes that sponsor terror” an “Axis of Evil”, which includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.

2009 – Rod Blagojevich, governor of Illinois, is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges.

2014 – Scientists discover how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice.

2021 – Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen single-dose vaccine shown to be 66% effective in trials, with complete protection against hospitalization and death.

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