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1789 – Benjamin Franklin writes, “Nothing … certain but death & taxes.”

1861 – A letter is written by Reverend Mark R. Watkinson petitioning the Treasury Department to “recognize Almighty God” on American coins; the department eventually decides on the motto “In God We Trust”

1909 – Collier’s magazine accuses U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields.

1921 – US, France, Japan and British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty.

1931 – Hattie Caraway (D-Ak) appointed first US woman senator.

1940 – Walt Disney’s animated film “Fantasia”, starring Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mickey Mouse, and ballet dancing hippopotamuses, premieres at the Broadway Theater, New York.

1942 – Minimum draft age lowered from 21 to 18 in the US.

1951 – Lefty O’Doul’s all-stars, including Joe Dimaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)

1964 – Bob Petit (St Louis Hawks) becomes 1st NBAer to score 20,000 points.

1966 – American comedian Flip Wilson makes his debut appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”, he returns 10 times.

1969 – Vice President Spiro Agnew accuses network TV news departments of bias and distortion.

1977 – Final Al Capp comic strip of “Lil’l Abner” (1934-77)

1985 – Dwight Gooden, youngest game winner, wins Cy Young award.

1986 – US President Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran.

1994 – 44th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins.

2001 – US President George W. Bush orders that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve be filled to capacity over the next few years.

2014 – Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout wins the MVP awards in MLB for 2014.

2018 – Trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman begins in New York.

2019 – First day of public testimony in Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry held in Washington, DC.