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1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health.

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

1907 – Charles Curtis becomes U.S. Senator from Kansas, first Native American to become a Senator.

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

1924 – Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland.

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

1944 – USS Missouri, the last battleship commissioned by the US Navy, is launched.

1947 – Arthur Miller’s play “All My Sons” premieres in NYC.

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

1951 – Baseball signs 6-year All-Star pact for TV-radio rights for $6 million.

1955 – John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962).

1959 – Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” released.

1964 – NBC purchases AFL 5 year(1965-69) TV rights for $36 million.

1974 – 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys.

1982 – Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Indians.

1988 – Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard world record at 5.15.

1989 – Dow jumps 38.06 recoups 508-pt loss since October 1987; index at 2,256.43.

1996 – 23rd American Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins.

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

2018 – Cleveland Indians announce they will remove Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019.

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