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This Day in History for March 12

This Day In History1664 – 1st naturalization act in American colonies.

1755 – 1st steam engine in America installed, to pump water from a mine.

1868 – US Congress abolishes manufacturer’s tax.

1894 – Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1904 – Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund.

1917 – A German submarine sinks an unarmed US merchant ship, the ‘Algonquin’ on the same day that US President Woodrow Wilson gives executive order to arm US merchants ships.

1933 – FDR conducts his 1st “fireside chat”.

1945 – NY is 1st to prohibit discrimination by race & creed in employment.

1947 – US President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism.

1956 – Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24).

1959 – US House joins Senate approving Hawaii statehood.

1965 – “Wooly Bully” single released by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.

1970 – US lowers voting age from 21 to 18.

1980 – Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago.

1987 – Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North.

1990 – LA Raiders announce their return to Oakland.

1991 – 5th Soul Train Music Awards: Johnny Gill, Mariah Carey win.

1998 – “Sound of Music” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC.

2006 – 53rd ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #7 Boston College, 78-76.

2014 – 8 people are killed, 70 injured, & 2 buildings are leveled by a gas explosion in East Harlem, New York.

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