07/19/2024
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1878 – Inventor Henry Tibbe patents an improved corn cob pipe design.

1910 – Walter Brookins, flying a Wright biplane over Atlantic City, New Jersey, becomes the first pilot to fly an airplane to an altitude of 1 mile, reaching 6,175 feet or 1.169 miles.

1914 – The Boston Red Sox purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth’s contract from the minor league Baltimore Orioles.

1918 – Congress creates the Distinguished Service Medal.

1932 – The Washington Redskins football team, then known as the Boston Braves, formed.

1944 – In World War II, United States troops secure Saipan as Japan falls.

1948 – Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in Major League Baseball pitching two scoreless innings for Cleveland in St. Louis.

1951 – President Harry Truman asks Congress to formally end the state of war with Germany.

1955 – Bill Haley & His Comets’ “Rock Around the Clock” tops the Billboard chart, one of the best-selling singles ever.

1963 – Crusher Lisowski beats Vern Gagne in Minneapolis to become the National Wrestling Association champion.

1967 – WRET-TV, channel 36, in Charlotte, North Carolina begins broadcasting as in independent station as WCTU-TV.

1970 – In Atlanta, Chief-Nok-a-homa is joined by cousin Chief Round-the-Horn.

1978 – Nearly 100,000 demonstrators march on Washington, D.C. for the Equal Rights Amendment.

1982 – Pan Am 727 crashes in a storm in Kenner, Louisiana, shortly after take-off, killing 153 people.

1986 – Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy ends his consecutive game streak at 740.

1987 – Colonel Oliver North admits to shredding Iran-Contra evidence.

1992 – Space Shuttle STS 50 (Columbia 13) lands.

1996 – Senate approves 90 cents raise to $4.25 minimum wage.

2009 – Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points.

2017 – CEO Elon Musk is the first owner of Tesla’s first mass market electric car – the Model 3.

2018 – Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper buys the Carolina Panthers for an National Football League record $2.275 billion.

2023 – Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Chinese economic leaders end two days of talks in Beijing aimed at stabilizing relations between the world’s two biggest economies.

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