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

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 Low.

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

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

1933 – FDR conducts his 1st “fireside chat”

1945 – NY is first to prohibit discrimination by race and creed in employment.

1951 – Comic strip “Dennis the Menace,” 1st appears in the British comic magazine ‘The Beano’

1964 – 6th Grammy Awards: Days of Wine & Roses, Barbra Streisand wins 2.

1965 – “Woolly Bully” single release 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.

1989 – 36th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: #9 North Carolina beats #7 Duke, 77-74.

1992 – Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Natalie Cole and Don Henley.

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

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

2008 – Streaming service Hulu launches for public access in the United States.

2018 – British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia was “highly likely” to have poisoned a Russian spy and his daughter on March 4 with nerve agent.

2020 – US President Trump bans travel with 26 European countries, though not the UK, due to COVID-19 (UK and Ireland added a day later)

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