06/23/2024
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1861 – President Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army volunteers and another 18,000 seamen.

1901 – Fire destroys 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida.

1910 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States is renamed the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

1921 – West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax.

1926 – US Marines land in Nicaragua (9 months after leaving), stay until 1933.

1937 – Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With The Wind”

1941 – 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway, 1st leg of successful Triple Crown.

1944 – Meat rationing ends in the US.

1952 – 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole.

1963 – Birmingham officials turn high pressure hoses and dogs on children’s crusade protest against segregation prompting widespread condemnation.

1965 – 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite.

1971 – Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days.

1980 – San Francisco Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final home run.

1986 – NASA launches Goes-G. It fails to achieve orbit.

1991 – 36th & final episode of CBS’ second longest running series TV show “Dallas”, (2nd only to “Gunsmoke”)

1999 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing 42 people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.

2016 – Ted Cruz suspends his campaign to be the Republican Presidential nominee.

2018 – Atlanta Falcons quarterback.Matt Ryan becomes NFL’s first $30 million per season player after agreeing to $150 million contract extension.

2020 – Investor Warren Buffett dumps his holdings in four major US airlines saying “the world has changed” for aviation, reflecting an increasingly bleak outlook for the industry.

2022 – US government says WNBA player Brittney Griner has been “wrongfully detained” in Russia after being taken into custody when drugs were found in her luggage in February 2022.

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