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This Day in History for May 19

1506 – Christopher Columbus selects his son Diego Columbus as sole heir.

1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North.

1857 – Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G. Farmer patent the electric fire alarm.

1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres.

1898 – US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labeled “Private Mailing Cards” until 1901, known as “souvenir cards”

1906 – Federated Boys’ Club (Boy’s Club of America) organizes.

1921 – Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system.

1928 – “Firedamp” explodes in Mather coal mine, Pennsylvania, killing 195 of 273 miners.

1950 – NY Times reports of worlds smallest & dumbest mechanical brain.

1954 – Postmaster General Summerfield approves CIA mail-opening project.

1960 – Alan Freed & eight other DJs accused of taking radio payola.

1964 – US diplomas find at leas 40 secret microphones in Moscow embassy.

1976 – Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on intelligence.

1981 – Pittsburgh Pirate Jim Bibby gives up a leadoff single to Brave Terry Harper, then retires next 27 batters.

1989 – Sue Ellen’s (Linda Gray) last appearance on TV soap “Dallas”

1992 – 27th Amendment ratified, prohibits Congress from raising its salary.

1993 – Dow Jones closes above 3,500 for 1st time (3,500.03)

1996 – STS 77 (Endeavour 11), launches into orbit.

2011 – Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, project to search for dark matter, led by Samuel C.C. Ting, installed on the International Space Station.

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