This Day In History
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1801 – First edition of New York Evening Post.

1841 – Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC)

1871 – National Rifle Association is first chartered in the State of New York.

1914 – Federal Reserve System formally opens.

1933 – FDR establishes diplomatic relations with USSR.

1944 – US 9th division & 1st Army attacks at Geilenkirchen.

1950 – US President Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat.

1957 – Boston Celtics’ center Bill Russell sets NBA record of 49 rebounds as Boston beats Philadelphia Warriors, 111-89 at Boston Gardens.

1959 – “The Sound of Music” musical by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 1443 performances.

1961 – US President JFK decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing US combat troops.

1965 – Walt Disney launches Epcot Center: Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

1969 – 1968 My Lai massacre of between 347 and 504 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians by US soldiers is first reported.

1973 – US President Richard Nixon authorizes construction of the Alaskan pipeline.

1982 – Agreement reached ending 57 day football strike.

1985 – President Reagan arrives in Geneva for a summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

1995 – US Attorney General Janet Reno announces she has Parkinson’s disease.

2000 – Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

2008 – 60th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jimmie Johnson wins.

2015 – Largest diamond discovered in more than a century, a 1,111 carat stone found in the Karowe mine, Botswana.

2018 – Elevator falls down 84 floors when hoist rope breaks, all six people survived unharmed at John Hancock Center, Chicago.