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This Day in History for March 1

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1790 – 1st US census authorized.

1847 – Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)

1909 – 1st US university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota.

1912 – U.S. Army Captain Albert Berry performs first (attached-type) parachute jump from an airplane.

1917 – 1st federal land bank chartered in USA.

1928 – Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra record “Ol’ Man River” for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby.

1932 – The “Lindbergh kidnapping”, 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh kidnapped from home in East Amwell, New Jersey, found dead 12 May.

1937 – US Steel raises workers’ wages to $5 a day.

1941 – 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on air, Nashville, Tennessee.

1949 – Former world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis retires with a 66-3-0 record including 52 KOs; defended the title a record 25 times.

1956 – “Crazy Arms” single released by Ray Price – his 1st no.1 (Billboard Song of the Year 1956)

1961 – US President JFK establishes the Peace Corps.

1969 – After 88 weeks the Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band drops off the charts.

1977 – Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards.

1982 – NY Times raises its price from 25 cents to 30 cents.

1991 – 37-year-old Pat Day becomes the 6th jockey in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rides Wild Sierra to 2nd place in the 1st race at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas.

1996 – Atlanta’s Lenny Wilkens becomes first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories when the Hawks beat Cleveland Cavaliers, 74-68.

2004 – Terry Nichols is convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

2014 – US President Barrack Obama warns Russia President Vladimir Putin over involvement in Ukraine.

2016 – Forbes Richest List released, Bill Gates No. 1 with $75 billion, number of world’s billionaires shrinks to 1,810.

2018 – US President Donald Trump says he will impose 25% steel, 10% aluminum import tariffs, raising fears of a trade war.

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