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1872 – Congress endorses penny post card.

1905 – President Theodore Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging them to negotiate and end hostilities, offering his personal services.

1917 – Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School.

1920 – Reds’ Edd Roush falls asleep in center field during a long argument, Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but umpire ejects Roush for delay of game.

1937 – World’s largest flower blooms in New York Botanical Garden, 12′ calla lily.

1942 – Bing Crosby records “Silent Night”

1948 – “Texaco Star Theater” premieres on NBC-TV, with “Mr. Television” Milton Berle made permanent emcee in September of the same year.

1948 – John Rudder becomes 1st African-American commissioned officer in US Marines.

1958 – LPGA Championship, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright wins first of 13 major titles by 6 strokes over Fay Crocker.

1961 – Milwaukee Braves sets record of 4 consecutive home runs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

1968 – James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., captured.

1969 – President Richard Nixon says 25,000 US troops would leave Vietnam by the end of August.

1978 – 51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification.

1981 – 15th Music City News Country Awards: Mandrell Sisters win.

1988 – Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collision by 20%.

1996 – Revival of the legendary procession of Lady Godiva (Godgifu) naked through Coventry, England.

2002 – British-Canadian Lennox Lewis retains boxing’s WBC heavyweight title with an eighth-round knockout of American Mike Tyson at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee.

2014 – Audra McDonald wins a Tony Award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

2018 – World’s most powerful supercomputer, Summit, can process 200,000 trillion calculations per second, launched at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, by IBM and Nvidia.

2020 – National Bureau of Economic Research announces the US officially entered recession in February, ending the longest expansion of growth since 1854.

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