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1873 – 1st US postal card issued.

1900 – Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah.

1913 – Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th Street, New York City.

1920 – Legendary slugger Babe Ruth records his first home run for the New York Yankees in a 6-0 win over his former club, the Boston Red Sox.

1928 – Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service.

1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City.

1939 – Batman first appears in Detective Comics #27.

1941 – General Mills introduces CheeriOats (later Cheerios in 1945), an oat-basted, ready-to-eat-cereal.

1947 – Radar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated.

1950 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical “South Pacific”

1960 – Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk.

1961 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”

1969 – Children’s educational television host Fred Rogers testifies before US Senate Subcommittee on Communications to secure funding for creation of PBS.

1977 – Golfer Debbie Austin wins the Birmingham Classic, the first of 5 LPGA Tour victories in a 4-month span.

1984 – NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots.

1988 – After scoring 50 points in Game 1, NBA Eastern Conference playoff games, Michael Jordan has 55 in the Chicago Bulls’ 106-101 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2; first to score 50+ points in consecutive playoff games.

1991 – “Will Rogers Follies” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 983 performances.

1994 – Charles Kuralt, American broadcast journalist (On the Road), retires from CBS.

2003 – In what becomes known as the “Mission Accomplished” speech, President George W. Bush declares that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California.

2010 – Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City.

2019 – Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, defending his handling of the Mueller Report.

2020 – Tweets by Elon Musk saying Tesla’s share price is too high wiped $14 billion off the carmaker’s value.

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