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1882 – First demonstration of pancake making held at a department store in New York City.

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

1910 – Chalmers Auto Co. offers a new car to the American League and National League batting champion.

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

1934 – First 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 advertising.

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

1945 – US 4th Armored Division arrives at Hanau and Aschaffenburg in Germany.

1954 – 26th Academy Awards: “From Here to Eternity” best film, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn best actor, actress.

1954 – RCA manufactures the first color television set. It featured a 12.5 inch screen and cost $1,000.

1964 – Britain sets memorial for the late President John F. Kennedy.

1971 – NFL football team Boston Patriots become New England Patriots as they relocate to Foxboro, Massachusetts.

1979 – Space Shuttle Columbia arrives at Kennedy Space Center to prepare for its first launch, which would 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 of 1964.

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

1995 – Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving three years.

2001 – Nabisco Championship Women’s Golf, Mission Hills Country Club: Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam shoots a final round 69 to win the first of her three titles at this event, 3 strokes ahead of five runners-up.

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

2019 – Apple introduces new TV streaming platform Apple TV+, news service and an Apple credit card at a star-studded event featuring Oprah Winfrey.

2021 – Republican-led Georgia state Senate passes restrictive changes to state voting. President Joe Biden calls it “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “a blatant attack on the Constitution”.

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