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This Day In History1639 – 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington, Delaware)

1760 – NY passes 1st effective law regulating practice of medicine.

1845 – Andrew Jackson’s African Grey Parrot “Poll” is removed from his funeral for swearing at The Hermitage, Tennessee.  Funeral attendee William Menefee Norment recorded: “Before the sermon and while the crowd was gathering, a wicked parrot that was a household pet got excited and commenced swearing so loud and long as to disturb the people and had to be carried to the house”

1869 – ‘Agnes’ arrives in New Orleans with 1st ever shipment of frozen beef.

1902 – Patent for window envelope granted to H F Callahan.

1932 – 1st demonstration of artificial lightning Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

1935 – Dr. Robert Smith & William Wilson of Akron form Alcoholics Anonymous (date of Smith’s last drink)

1939 – MGM cartoon character Barney Bear debuts.

1943 – FDR signs withholding tax bill into law.

1944 – Joe Nuxhall, 15, of Cincinnati Reds is youngest player in major league.

1950 – 50th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Merion Golf Club, PA.

1963 – US Equal Pay Act signed into law by President John F. Kennedy.

1966 – Mamas & Papas win gold record for “Monday, Monday”

1972 – Elvis Presley records a live album at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.

1977 – Apple Computer ships its first Apple II computers.

1984 – US missile shoots down an incoming missile in space for first time.

1990 – “Meet Me in St Louis” closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 253 performances.

2003 – The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission.

2008 – The Gora Prai airstrike by the United States reportedly kills 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.

2017 – 149th Belmont Stakes: Jose Ortiz aboard Tapwrit wins in 2:30.02.

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