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This Day In History1644 – Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting.

1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America in Boston.

1869 – Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco.

1903 – The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts.

1911 – 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)

1919 – Bentley Motors Limited is founded.

1929 – “NY Daily Mirror” columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio.

1934 – Eugene O’Neill’s “Days Without End” premieres in NYC.

1943 – US rations bread and metal – banning pre-sliced bread reduce bakery demand for metal parts.

1960 – US & Japan sign joint defense treaty.

1960 – Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on board.

1962 – US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas.

1964 – Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)

1980 – Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce.

1981 – Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets.

1986 – 24th Space Shuttle (61-C) Mission-Columbia 7-returns to Earth.

1990 – Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Berry arrested in drug enforcement sting.

1991 – Eastern Airlines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems.

1993 – Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states of the USA for 1st time.

2012 – Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout becomes the largest protest in the history of the internet.

2017 – NASA and NOAA announce that 2016 was the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 which itself topped a record set in 2014.

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