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1865 – Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher, NC.

1896 – 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr. Henry Smith, Davidson NC)

1906 – 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)

1915 – US House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women right to vote.

1920 – Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to.

1932 – Philip Barry’s “Animal Kingdom” premieres in NYC.

1939 – Timely Comics (later Marvel) founded by American publisher Martin Goodman in New York.

1943 – Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal)

1956 – FBI arrests 6 members of the Great Brink’s robbery gang, 6 days before statute of limitations runs out.

1957 – Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded with Martin Luther King, Jr. as leader of Ebenezer Church in Atlanta.

1962 – Operation Ranch Hand begins, a US Air Force operation to spray South Vietnamese forests with defoliants such as Agent Orange.

1966 – LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends.

1971 – US Federal grand jury indicts Rev. Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger.

1975 – Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates.

1979 – Record blizzard strikes the US midwest killing over 100.

1983 – Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1991 – US Congress gives George H.W. Bush authority to wage war against Iraq.

1995 – Murder trial against O.J. Simpson, begins in LA.

2001 – Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim.

2013 – “Mile High Miracle”, in AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos ahead of Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game, Ravens in in overtime.

2017 – US President Barack Obama in surprise presentation awards Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.