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This Day in History for March 12

This Day In History1664 – New Jersey becomes an English colony.

1850 – 1st US $20 gold piece issued.

1868 – US Congress abolishes manufacturer’s tax.

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

1904 – Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund.

1912 – Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) forms in Savannah, by Juliette Gordon Law.

1919 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Augustus Does His Bit” premieres in NYC.

1928 – In California, the St. Francis Dam fails, killing over 600 people.

1933 – FDR conducts his 1st “fireside chat”

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

1951 – Comic strip “Dennis the Menace,” first appears in the British comic magazine The Beano’.

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

1970 – US lowers voting age from 21 to 18.

1971 – The Allman Brothers Band record their live albums “Live at Fillmore East” on this date and the following day.

1974 – Ted Bundy victim Donna Manson disappears from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington (body never found)

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.

2003 – Elizabeth Smart found after having been missing for 9 months.

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