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1836 – Samuel Colt’s Patent Arms Manufacturing Company manufactures the first pistol, a 36-caliber “Texas” model, in Paterson, New Jersey.

1853 – Piano company Steinway & Sons founded by Heinrich Steinweg (later Henry Steinway) in New York City.

1904 – Nikola Tesla describes the process of the ball lightning formation in Electrical World and Engineer.

1917 – President Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated for a second term.

1923 – Montana and Nevada become first states to enact old age pension laws.

1933 – President Franklin Roosevelt proclaims 10-day bank holiday in an attempt to stem bank failures

1945 – Allies bomb The Hague, Netherlands.

1946 – Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton, Missouri, popularized the term and draws attention to the division in Europe.

1955 – 2nd ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke 87-77.

1960 – Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army.

1964 – Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. announces a baseball team is moving to the city.

1970 – “Airport” based on the book by Arthur Hailey, directed by George Seaton and starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, is released.

1975 – 10th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn win.

1982 – Major League Baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry, who had 297 wins, signs with Seattle Mariners.

1992 – Ethics committee votes to reveal congressmen who bounced checks.

1997 – Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

2006 – Nature documentary “Planet Earth”, narrated by David Atenborough, premieres on the BBC.

2013 – Dow Jones Industrial Average surpasses its 2007 pre-financial crisis levels for the first time.

2019 – Kylie Jenner is the world’s youngest-ever billionaire at 21, according to Forbes.

2023 – Caitlin Clark records 30 points, 17 assists, and 10 rebounds in the Big Ten tournament final for Iowa against Ohio State.

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