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This Day in History for June 24

1795 – US and Great Britain sign Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty.

1853 – US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico)

1897 – Hail injures 26 in Topeka, Kansas.

1930 – 1st radar detection of planes, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1939 – PanAm’s 1st US to England flight.

1947 – Flying saucer sighted over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold.

1949 – Cargo airlines 1st licensed by US Civil Aeronautics Board.

1957 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment in Roth v. United States.

1964 – FTC rules health warnings must appear on all cigarette packages.

1966 – Period of relative peace following WW II exceeds that following WW I.

1968 – Deadline for redeeming silver certificate dollars for silver bullion.

1970 – US Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

1975 – Eastern 727 crashes at JFK Airport NY, kills 113.

1977 – IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976.

1982 – US Supreme Court rules president can’t be sued for actions in office.

1986 – US Senate approves “tax reform”

1993 – Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter loses the sight in one eye, the hearing in one ear, and part of his right hand after receiving a mail bomb from the Unabomber.

2004 – Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York.

2018 – Women drive for the first time in Saudi Arabia after a ban is lifted.

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