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This Day In History1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress.

1820 – Tomato is proven to be non-poisonous by Colonel Robert Gibbon eating a tomato on steps of courthouse in Salem, New Jersey.

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.

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

1940 – “Quiz Kids” premieres on radio.

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

1956 – 1st atomic reactor built for private research (Chicago, Illinois)

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

1968 – Daniel Ellsberg indicted for leaking Pentagon Papers.

1975 – Golfer Lee Trevino is struck by lightning at Western Open.

1976 – 1st woman was admitted to Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

1977 – Supreme Court allows Federal control of Nixon tapes/papers.

1979 – OPEC raises oil prices 24%.

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.

2005 – A final design for Manhattan’s Freedom Tower is formally unveiled.

2017 – Wilshire Grand Center becomes the tallest building in Los Angeles and in the US west of the Mississippi at 1,100 ft.

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

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