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This Day in History For June 24

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

1898 – American troops dive Spanish forces from La Guasimas, Cuba.

1902 – Target Corporation is founded by American businessman George Dayton as Goodfellow Dry Goods in Minneapolis.

1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.

1922 – American Professional Football Association renamed the National Football League.

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

1939 – Pan Am’s first US to England flight.

1947 – Flying saucers sighted over Mount Ranier by pilot Ken Arnold.

1949 – “Hopalong Cassidy” becomes 1st network western (NBC)

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

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

1972 – Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)

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

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

1986 – US Senate approves “tax reform”

1992 – NBA Draft: LSU center Shaquille O’Neal first pick by Orlando Magic.

2004 – Capital punishment is declared unconstitutional in New York.

2017 – UN states Yemen cholera epidemic reached 200,000 cases with 1,300 deaths….Worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world.

2019 – US President Donald Trump imposes sanctions on Iran, targeted at Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenel in response to the shooting down of a US drone.

2020 – World Monetary fund predicts a deeper global recession with contraction of 4.9% (down from 3%), noting 2/3 of all countries used $11 trillion to support their economies.