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This Day in History for June 28

1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress.

1870 – U.S. Congress creates federal holidays (New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day), initially applicable only to federal employees.

1894 – Labor Day established as a holiday for US federal employees.

1902 – US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million.

1926 – Mercedes Benz forms when the world’s oldest automobile manufacturers DMG and Benz & Cie merge.

1935 – FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

1939 – Pan Am opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper)

1946 – Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians games begins.

1951 – “Amos ‘n’ Andy premieres on CBS TV.

1957 – Reds’ fans stuff ballot box, electing 8 Reds as All Star starters. Commissioner Frick overrules and names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, & Hank Aaron to team.

1964 – Organization for Afro-American Unity formed in New York by Malcolm X.

1965 – 1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

1968 – Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers.

1975 – Reigning PGA Championship winner Lee Trevino and playing partners Jerry Heard, Bobby Nichols, Jim Ahern and Tony Jacklin are struck by lightning at Western Open; suffer minor burns.

1983 – Bridge section alone I-95 in Greenwich, Connecticut collapses, killing 3.

1993 – Carlton Fisk, 45, released by White Sox, as all time leader of most games caught and most HRs by a catcher.

1996 – “Nutty Professor” starring Eddie Murphy opens in theaters in the USA.

2015 – US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Del Paso CC; Jeff Maggert shoots final round 65 (-5) to win by 2 strokes from defending champion Colin Montgomerie of Scotland.

2017 – “Spider-man: Homecoming” directed by Jon Watts starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey, Jr. premieres in Los Angeles.

2018 – Long gunman attacks offices of Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, killing nine.

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