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This Day In History1642 – 1st compulsory education law in America passed in Massachusetts.

1777 – US Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Strips flag, designed by Francis Hopkinson, replacing the Grand Union flag.

1834 – Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr., Springfield, Vermont.

1881 – Player piano patented by John McTammany, Jr. (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

1901 – 1st golf championship is played.

1916 – Representatives of eight Allied nations hold an economic conference in Paris at which they discuss ways to cripple their enemies economic power during and after the war.

1922 – US President Warren G. Harding is 1st US President to use radio, dedicates the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore.

1938 – Chlorophyll patented by Benjamin Grushkin.

1942 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Bambi”, based on the book by Felix Salten, is released.

1946 – Nat King Cole records “The Christmas Song” for the first time.

1954 – President Eisenhower signs order adding words “under God” to the Pledge.

1967 – “Steve Allen Show” premieres on CBS-TV.

1973 – US President Richard Nixon administration imposes 60-day economy-wide price freeze, superseding Special Rule No. 1 for oil companies.

1974 – “All the President’s Men” by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation is published by Simon and Schuster in the US.

1984 – Southern Baptist convention decide no women clergy members.

1989 – Groundbreaking begins in Minnesota on world’s largest mall.

1990 – Supreme Court rules police check for drunk drivers constitutional.

2000 – Greg Maddux makes his 387th putout, breaking Jack Morris’ career record.

2013 – The US government charges NSA leaker Edward Snowden with violating the Espionage Act and theft of governmental property.

2017 – US Senate approves new sanctions against Russia as punishment for meddling in the 2016 election.