This Day In History
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1869 – With 10 salaried players, Cincinnati Red Stockings become baseball’s first professional team.

1892 – New York State unveils automatic ballot booth (voting machines)

1912 – Legendary pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with a 511-315 win-loss record.

1922 – 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta, Georgia)

1930 – 1st streamlined submarine of the US Navy, USS Nautilus, launched.

1937 – 1st state contraceptive clinic opens in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1945 – 17th Academy Awards: “Going My Way”, Bing Crosby & Ingrid Bergman win.

1950 – NYC hires Dr. Wallace E. Howell as its official “rainmaker”

1954 – “CBS Morning Show” premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar.

1956 – “My Fair Lady” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances.

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 points in an NBA season.

1972 – “The Godfather”, based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1973)

1985 – Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title.

1989 – Department of Veterans Affairs officially established as a Cabinet position.

1991 – 4 officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are charged with excessive force over the beating of Rodney King.

2001 – The world’s largest oil rig, located off Brazil and operated by Petrobras, suffers three explosions.

2009 – 56th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: #9 Duke beats #22 Florida State, 79-69.

2017 – Disney refuses to cut gay moments in the film “Beauty and the Beast” for Malaysian censors, instead pulls the film from Malaysia.

2018 – Toy chain Toys R Us announces it will close all its stores after filing for bankruptcy.

2020 – Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to near zero to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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