08/17/2019
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This Day In History1776 – “Common Sense” Pamphlet by Thomas Paine, published advocating American independence.

1861 – Fort Jackson & Fort Philip are taken over by LA state troops (US Civil War)

1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil.

1901 – Oil discovered at Spindletop, Beaumont, making the start of the Texas oil boom (gusher age)

1911 – 1st photo in US taken from an airplane, San Diego.

1917 – The Allied Governments respond to US President Woodrow Wilson’s December 1916 note, giving their terms for ending the war.

1920 – Silver reaches record $1.37 an ounce.

1929 – Elmer Rice’s “Street Scene” premieres in NYC.

1943 – 1st US President to visit a foreign country in wartime – FDR leaves for Casablanca, Morocco.

1944 – 1st mobile electric power plant delivered in Philadelphia.

1949 – RCA introduces 45 RPM record.

1951 – UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY.

1964 – US version of “That Was The Week That Was” premieres.

1967 – Edward W. Brooke (Sen-R-Mass), takes his seat as the 1st popularly elected African-American to the US Senate.

1967 – Lester Maddox inaugurated as Governor of Georgia.

1973 – For the first time graduates studying from home with ‘the Open University’ receive their degrees.

1984 – Clara Peller 1st asks, “Where’s the Beef?” in commercial for Wendy’s hamburger chain.

1994 – Trial of Lorena Bobbitt who cut off her husband’s penis, begins.

2001 – The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will not be designated as a national monument, the White House announces; a move environmentalist groups had been pressing for to prevent oil drilling.

2018 – Jeff Bezos becomes the second man worth over $100 billion as his worth hits $106 billion due to a rise in Amazon’s share price.

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