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This Day in History for March 18

This Day In History1541 – Hernando de Soto observes first recorded flood in America (Mississippi River).

1810 – “Converse”, first US opera, premieres in NYC.

1818 – US Congress approves first pensions for government service.

1850 – Henry Wells & William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo.

1881 – Barnum & Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth” opens (Madison Square Garden).

1911 – North Dakota enacts a hail insurance law.

1922 – WBT-AM in Charlotte, NC begins radio transmissions.

1931 – First electric shavers go on sale in US (Schick).

1948 – Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting.

1952 – First plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia).

1953 – Boston Braves move to Milwaukee.

1965 – Poppin’ Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced.

1965 – Beatles’ “Penny Lane” single goes #1.

1977 – US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia.

1982 – Singer Teddy Pendergrass’ spinal cord severed in a car accident.

1987 – Gerber survey find most popular names for newborns are Jessica and Mathew.

1990 – Largest art robbery in US history: 13 works of art worth over $500 million are stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

2003 – FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud by the company’s top executive.

2014 – Phil Jackson signs a five-year contract to be president of the New York Knicks.

2014 – US closes the Syrian embassy in Washington & expels all Syrian diplomats.

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