02/24/2024
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This Day In History1777 – Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army.

1849 – Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon.

1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.

1912 – US government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights (censorship)

1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minnesota)

1932 – George Washington quarter goes into circulation.

1944 – US troops occupy Sansapor, New Guinea.

1948 – US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport, NY)

1964 – Al Parker glides 644 miles without a motor.

1964 – US Ranger 7 takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on Moon.

1969 – Mariner 6 makes its closest approach to planet Mars at 3410 km.

1970 – Chet Huntley retires from NBC ends “Huntley-Brinkley Report”

1971 – Apollo 15 astronauts take 6 1/2 hour electric car ride on Moon.

1973 – Delta Airlines DC-9 crashes in fog at Logan Airport, Boston, killing all but one of 89 aboard. Lone survivor dies 5 months later.

1978 – Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44.

1981 – 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends.

1988 – Last playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan.

1994 – Phil Rizzuto (Yank) & Steve Carlton (Phils) enter the Hall of Fame.

2014 – The US agree to resupply arms to Israel – including rocket launchers, mortar rounds, grenades – despite condemnation of civilian casualties in Gaza.

2017 – Anthony Scaramucci removed as White House Communications Director after less than 2 weeks.

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