04/17/2024
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1892 – Sierra Club formed by John Muir and others in San Francisco, for conservation of nature.

1900 – Total eclipse occurs.

1923 – US Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere.

1936 – Alan Turing submits “On Computable Numbers” for publication, in which he set out the theoretical basis for modern computers.

1940 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Louisiana Purchase”, satirizing Huey Long’s political power, opens at The Imperial Theatre in New York City: runs for 444 performances.

1946 – 1st night game at Yankee Stadium (Senators 2, Yanks 1)

1951 – After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run.

1953 – Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-“Melody”

1956 – President Dwight Eisenhower signs farm bill that allows government to store agricultural surplus.

1962 – US stock market drops $20.8 billion in 1 day.

1968 – MLB: American League announces it is splitting into 2 divisions.

1972 – White House “plumbers” first break in at the Democratic National Headquarters and install listening devices at Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C.

1984 – George Soros founds the Soros Foundation Budapest to help countries free themselves from communism.

1987 – Monitor, Civil War warship, is discovered by a deep sea robot.

1992 – 65th National Spelling Bee: Amanda Goad wins spelling lyceum.

1996 – President Bill Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.

2006 – Barry Bonds hits his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth on the MLB all-time list.

2016 – Harambe, a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging a 3-year-old boy who had slipped into its enclosure (Cincinnati, Ohio)

2017 – Indianapolis 500: Japanese ex-Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato of Andretti Autosport becomes first Asian to win the race; Brazilian Helio Castroneves finishes just 0.2011 seconds behind.

2020 – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declares State of Emergency in Minneapolis and activates the Minnesota National Guard after protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.

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