04/17/2024
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1861 – US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South.

1868 – US President Andrew Johnson is acquitted by the Senate by one vote during his impeachment trial.

1896 – Dow Jones Index begins with an average of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)

1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge signs immigration law restricting immigration.

1930 – Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution.

1941 – American Flag House (Betsy Ross’ Home) given to city of Philadelphia.

1946 – 2 for 42 & hitting .048 for 1846, Mel Ott stops playing baseball.

1956 – French Championship Women’s Tennis: American Althea Gibson wins her only French title; beats Angela Mortimer of England 6-0, 12-10.

1963 – 15th Emmy Awards: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, E.G. Marshall & Shirley Booth win.

1969 – Apollo 10 astronauts return to Earth.

1975 – “Rhinestone Cowboy” single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year 1975)

1978 – 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City.

1981 – Marine jet crashes on flight deck of USS Nimitz, killing 14.

1984 – US President Ronald Reagan rules out US military intervention in Iran-Iraq war.

1998 – The United States Supreme Court rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York.

2004 – The New York Times publishes admission of journalistic failings, claims it flawed reporting and lack of skepticism during holiday buildup to 2003 Iraq War helped promote belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

2013 – Indianapolis 500: tony Kanaan wins in 2:40:03.4181.

2019 – Nine climbers die in a week on Mt Everest after overcoming leads to a high queue to reach the summit.

2020 – US restricts travel from Brazil as the country posts world’s second highest number of recorded cases of COVID-19.

2020 – Twitter adds warning labels to warn about inaccuracies in US President Donald Trump’s tweets for the first time.

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