10/04/2023
This Day In History
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1790 – 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address.

1835 – US national debt is $0 for the first and only time in history.

1884 – Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz.

1902 – New York state assemblyman Francis G. Landon gets a bill passed to criminalize men turning around on a street and “looking at a woman in that way”

1918 – Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing the prohibition of alcohol.

1945 – University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team sets an NCAA record by holding Arkansas State to 6 points in a 75-6 win.

1955 – WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting.

1956 – Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” single goes #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

1962 – 21 year old future Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus makes his first professional appearance; tied for 50th in Los Angeles Open.

1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson declares “War on Poverty”

1972 – NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall.

1973 – Judge Sirica begins the trial of Watergate burglars in Washington, D.C.

1980 – NCAA decides to sponsor women’s championships in 5 sports.

1982 – AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies.

1988 – Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator.

1991 – Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins & Rod Carew elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

1995 – “Guys & Dolls” closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1143 performances.

2002 – President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

2008 – Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins.

2018 – US record year for cost of natural disasters announced – $306 billion in 2017.