07/16/2024
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1917 – Ernie Shore enters the game after Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth is ejected for throwing a punch at an umpire and retires all 26 batters he faces to win 4-0 against the Washington Senators in a combined no-hitter.

1925 – Landslides create 3-mile long “Slide Lake” in Gros Ventre, Wyoming.

1926 – The College Board administers the first SAT exam.

1931 – Pilot Wiley Post and navigator Harold Catty take off from Roosevelt Field in New York in an attempt to set a new record circumnavigating the Earth which was successfully completed in 8 days, 15 hours, 51 minutes.

1938 – Civil Aeronautics Authority established.

1944 – Four tornadoes strike Appalachia, killing 153 people.

1947 – President Harry Truman’s veto of Taft-Hartley Act, restricting the power of trade unions, is overridden by Congress and becomes law.

1949 – First 12 women graduate from Harvard Medical School.

1956 – “Jimmy Durante Show” last airs on NBC-TV.

1958 – Federal judge rules race separation must end in 2½ years in Little Rock, Arkansas.

1960 – First contraceptive pill is made available for purchase in the United States.

1961 – Chicago Cubs’ Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive games played streak.

1970 – “Red Skelton Show” last airs on CBS-TV and moves to NBC-TV.

1979 – Charlie Daniels Band releases “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

1985 – Senior Tournament Players Championship Men’s Golf, Canterbury Golf Club: Defending champion Arnold Palmer wins his first major by 11 strokes over Miller Barber, Lee Elder, Gene Littler and Charles Owens.

1996 – Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan.

2003 – Barry Bonds steals second base against the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming the first player in Major League Baseball history to have 500 career home runs and 500 steals.

2018 – Storms and widespread flooding in West Virginia leave at least 34 people dead.

2020 – COVID-19 cases rise sharply again in America as the country records its third highest daily total of more than 35,000.

2022 – Supreme Court, in s 6-3 vote, declares for the first time that there is a constitutional right to carry a handgun in public for self defense, striking down a century old gun law in New York that limited license.

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