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This Day in History for June 29

1863 – George Armstrong Custer, age 23, appointed Union Brigadier General.

1891 – US National Forest Service organized.

1906 – US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce.

1927 – 1st flight from West Coast arrives in Hawaii.

1929 – 1st high-speed jet wind tunnel completed Langley Field.

1936 – Empire State Building broadcasts high definition TV-343 lines.

1940 – US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register.

1941 – Joe DiMaggio extends hitting streak to 42 breaking Sisler’s record.

1944 – US 7th army corps conquers Cherbourg.

1949 – US troops withdraw from Korea after WW II.

1956 – US Federal interstate highway system act signed.

1963 – Beatles’ 1st song “From Me to You” hits UK charts.

1964 – Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in the US Senate.

1968 – “Tip-Toe Thru’ The Tulips With Me” by Tiny Tim peaks at #17.

1972 – Supreme Court rules (5-4) that death penalty is cruel & unusual.

1982 – Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended.

1992 – 2 earthquakes including 7.4 hits southern California.

2002 – US Vice President Dick Cheney serves as acting President for two and a half hours, while President George W. Bush undergoes a colonoscopy procedure.

2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison, US maximum, for conducting massive Ponzi scheme.

2014 – Seniors Players Championship Men’s Golf, Fox Chapel GC: Bernhard Langer of Germany beats Jeff Sluman with birdie on 2nd playoff hole; first of Langer’s 3 straight Players’ titles.

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