06/18/2024
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1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency.

1906 – After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0.

1922 – Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire.

1927 – Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford.

1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, first appears in “Mickey’s Revue” by Walt Disney.

1935 – Legendary American athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s remembered as “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports.”

1941 – Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season.

1947 – Coal dust explosion rocks Centralia Coal Co.’s Mine #5 killing 111 in Illinois.

1955 – Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall, Kansas and most of Blackwell, Oklahoma.

1961 – President John Kennedy announces America’s goal of putting a man on the Moon before the end of the decade.

1968 – Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated.

1973 – United States launches first Skylab crew – Joseph Kerwin, Charles Conrad and Paul Weitz.

1979 – American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273, including 2 on the ground.

1986 – 95-year-old woman scores a hole-in-one in Florida.

1992 – Jay Leno becomes permanent host of talk show “The Tonight Show”

1997 – Todd and Mel Stottlemyre become first father and son to win 100 games in Major League Baseball.

2009 – North Korea conducts its second nuclear test while also conducting several missile tests.

2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her 25 year run of the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

2017 – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, after dropping out in 2004.

2021 – The Centers for Disease Control says half of all adults in the United States are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with 61% having had their first shot.

2023 – Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes sentenced to 18 years in prison for organizing January 6 attack on the US Capitol. He is the first person to be sentenced for seditious conspiracy and longest sentence so far.

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