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1856 – American Gail Borden is issued a patent for technology related to his invention of condensed milk.

1883 – “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is first published as a book by Cassell & Co.

1908 – Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.

1910 – 1st airplane flight from deck of a ship, Norfolk, Virginia.

1927 – World’s largest gas tank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, explodes; 28 die.

1935 – FDR proclaims Philippine Islands a free commonwealth.

1943 – Chicago Bear Sid Luckman passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Giants (56-7)

1957 – Dick Hutton beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion.

1960 – Ray Charles’ single “Georgia On My Mind” reaches #1.

1964 – “Oliver!” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 774 performances.

1965 – US government sends 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam.

1970 – Marshall University football team wiped out in DC-9 air crash at Kenova, West Virginia, killing 75.

1976 – “Network”, directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and William Holden, premieres in Los Angeles and New York City (Finch-Academy Awards Best Actor 1977)

1981 – Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant ties Amos Alonzo Stagg with 314 football wins.

1988 – Sitcom “Murphy Brown” starring Candice Bergen premieres on CBS.

1993 – 43rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins.

1997 – Disney’s “Lion King” sets Broadway record of $2,700,000 daily sale.

2002 – The United States House of Representatives votes not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks.

2013 – Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus 5 years for his crimes.

2020 – Record global daily total of 660,905 COVID-19 cases declared to the WHO, with total known infections over 54 million.