07/18/2024
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1785 – Congress unanimously resolves the name of United States currency to the “dollar” and adopts decimal coinage.

1893 – The small town of Pomeroy, Iowa, is nearly destroyed by a tornado that kills 71 people and injures 200.

1904 – The Democratic Party nominates little known New York Judge Alton B. Parker for presidential nominee, virtually assuring the election of Theodore Roosevelt.

1924 – First photo sent experimentally across the Atlantic Ocean by radio between the United States and England.

1933 – “Nertsery Rhymes,” a short film starring Ted Healy and His Stooges, premieres, one of the first film appearance of The Three Stooges.

1936 – A state record 121 degrees in Steele, North Dakota.

1941 – New York Yankees team unveils a monument to former captain Lou Gehrig in center field at Yankee Stadium after the future Hall of Fame baseball player had died the previous month.

1945 – Bud Abbott and Lou Costello’s film “The Naughty Nineties” is released, which features the longest version of their “Who’s on First?” routine.

1956 – Major League Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick inaugurates the Cy Young Award to honor baseball’s outstanding pitcher of the season.

1964 – The Beatles’ film “A Hard Day’s Night” premieres at the Pavilion in London, England.

1970 – California passes first “no fault” divorce law.

1983 – Supreme Court rules retirement plans can’t pay women less.

1990 – “Jetsons the Movie,” by Hanna-Barbera with Tiffany Darwish, premieres.

1994 – “Forrest Gump,” directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise, is released. It wins Academy Award’s Best Picture in 1995.

2000 – Real estate developer Stan Kroenke announces the acquisition of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Center for $450 million from the Ascent Entertainment Group.

2013 – Three people killed and 181 injured after a Boeing 777 crash lands at San Francisco Airport.

2016 – Pokeman Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released.

2020 – America suspends support and initiates a process to withdraw membership from the World Health Organization.

2023 – Louis Armstrong House Museum opens new archive facility, the Louis Armstrong Center, in Queens, New York.

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