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This Day in History for January 5

This Day In History1781 – British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia.

1903 – San Francisco – Hawaii telegraph cable opens for public use.

1914 – Ford Motor Co. wages jump from $2.40/9-hour day to $5.00/8-hour day.

1925 – Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming, 1st woman governor in USA.

1930 – Bonnie Parker meets Clyde Barrow for the first time at Clarence Clay’s house.

1940 – FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal.

1946 – “Show Boat” opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances.

1949 – US President Harry Truman labels his administration the “Fair Deal”

1952 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes an official visit to the US.

1957 – Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson announces his retirement rather than be traded to the NY Giants.

1959 – “Bozo the Clown” live children’s show premieres on TV.

1959 – Buddy Holly releases his last record “It Doesn’t Matter”; he was killed in a plan crash 29 days later.

1968 – Dr. Benjamin Spock indicted for conspiring to violate draft law.

1972 – US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle.

1976 – “MacNeil-Lehrer Report” premieres on PBS.

1989 – Baseball signs $400M contract with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990.

1992 – “Peter Pan” closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances.

1997 – “Show Boat” closes at Gershwin Theater NYC.

2007 – Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2010 – 76th Orange Bowl: #10 Iowa beats #9 Georgia Tech, 24-14.

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