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

1887 – Racetrack betting becomes legal in New York state.

1908 – Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Murdock and their children become 1st family to travel across United States by car: Los Angeles to New York City in a Packard Thirty (32 days, 5 hours and 25 minutes)

1924 – President Calvin Coolidge signs immigration law restricting immigration.

1927 – Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company produce the last (and 15th million) Model T Ford/Tin Lizzie.

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

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

1945 – US drops fire bombs on Tokyo.

1956 – A fire on board the aircraft carrier USS Bennington in Narragansett Bay, off Rhode Island, kills 103 crew.

1956 – French Championship Women’s Tennis: American Althea Gibson wins her only French singles 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.

1972 – President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT accord.

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

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

1987 – Supreme Court ruled dangerous defendants could be held without bail.

1993 – In Major League Baseball, Carlos Martinez famously hits a ball off Jose Canseco’s head for a home run.

1998 – Date for Paula Jones sex harassment trial vs President Bill Clinton.

2004 – U.S. Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

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

2021 – President Joe Biden orders US intelligence services to intensify their efforts to investigate the origin of COVID-19.