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This Day in History for June 6

1639 – Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill.

1882 – Electric iron patented by Henry W. Seely, NYC.

1896 – Frank Samuelson and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 years.

1900 – US Congress pass an act authorizing a civil code and government for the territory of Alaska after gold discoveries bring lawlessness and disorder to the area.

1904 – National Tuberculosis Association organized, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

1923 – Gangster Albert Anastasia is convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to two years in prison.

1925 – Walter Chrysler founds automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation.

1932 – The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon.

1933 – US Employment Service created.

1942 – 1st nylon parachute jump (Hartford, Ct – Adeline Gray)

1944 – Alaska Airlines commences operations.

1960 – Roy Orbison releases “Only the Lonely”

1966 – Civil rights activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi.

1968 – Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night.

1971 – Air West flight 706 collides with a US Marine Corps F-4B Phantom jet over Los Angeles killing all 40 aboard the DC-6 and the pilot of the F-4B.

1977 – Supreme Court tosses out automatic death penalty laws.

1983 – Bottle with note of June 9, 1910 found in Queensland.

1991 – Albert Belle is sent to the minors for not running out a ground ball.

2005 – The United States Supreme Court votes to ban medical marijuana in Gonzales v. Raich.

2015 – Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat break out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.

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