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1843 – It snows in Buffalo and Rochester, NY, & Cleveland, Ohio.

1869 – Thomas Edison granted his first patent for the Electric Vote Recorder (U.S. Patent 90,646)

1880 – US census is 50,155,783.

1890 – US census at 62,622,250.

1911 – 1st US group insurance policy written in Passaic, New Jersey.

1927 – Peace Bridge between US and Canada opens.

1933 – Century of Progress world’s fair opens in Chicago.

1947 – OPA, which issued WW II rationing coupons, disbands.

1958 – The Riverside International Raceway in Southern California opens with three 500-mile races in one weekend, Eddie Gray wins the Crown American 500 for NASCAR Grand National cars.

1961 – FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard.

1968 – Simon & Garfunkel’s single “Mrs Robinson” from “Graduate” hits #1 (first rock song to win Grammy for Record of the Year)

1970 – “Everything is Beautiful” by Ray Stevens hits #1.

1973 – Eight OPEC countries raise price of petroleum by 11.9 percent.

1980 – 1st transmission of CNN, the Cable News Network.

1994 – FX Channel, Cable News, debuts.

1996 – Woody Harrelson is arrested in Lee County, Kentucky, after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana.

2007 – Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for the 1998 second-degree murder of Thomas Youk.

2009 – General Motors field for chapter 11 bankruptcy.  It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.

2017 – US President Donald Trump announces the US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.

2018 – US unemployment rate falls to 3.8%, lowest since 2000.

2020 – US President Donald Trump threatens to employ military to quell protest across the country sparked by the death of George Floyd then walks with staff to St. John’s Church.

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