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1776 – Continental Congress authorizes a medal for George Washington.

1865 – SS General Lyon at Cape Hatteras catches fire & sinks, killing 400.

1898 – Writer O. Henry sentenced to 5 years in prison for embezzling $854 from a bank reportedly to pay for is sick wife’s medical bills. Goes on to write many classics while in jail including “Whistling Dick’s Christmas Stocking.”

1913 – Great Dayton Flood: winter rains cause Great Miami River to flood, Ohio’s greatest natural disaster.

1919 – Woodrow Wilson’s dream of a League of Nations becomes a reality after the League Covenant is adopted at the Paris Peace Conference.

1934 – 1st Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Horton Smith wins with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole, 1 stroke ahead of Craig Wood.

1937 – It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads.

1941 – Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, South Carolina, incorporated.

1951 – 5th Tony Awards: “Guys & Dolls” (musical) and “The Rose Tattoo” (play) win.

1957 – NBA modifies the free-throw rule.

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.

1971 – Tom Jones’ “She’s A Lady” goes gold.

1979 – Space Shuttle Columbia arrives at Kennedy Space Center to prepare for its first launch, which would eventually happen in 1981.

1987 – The US Supreme Court rules that gender-based workplace affirmative action plans do not constitute discrimination on the basis of sex under the Civil Rights Act 1964.

1991 – 63rd Academy Awards: “Dances with Wolves”, Kathy Bates & Jeremy Irons win.

1996 – US issues newly-redesigned $100 bill.

2013 – Golfer Tiger Woods returns to his world number one ranking.

2019 – Apple introduces new TV streaming platform Apple TV+ and an Apple credit card at star-studded event.

2021 – President Joe Biden announces a new goal of 200 million vaccinations in his administration’s first 100 days (previously 100 million)

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