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1852 – Duke University founded in 1838 as Union Institute, chartered as Normal College…

1865 – Shaw University forms in Raleigh, N.C.

1920 – Silent film “The Last of the Mohicans” released, adapted from James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, starring Wallace Beery & Barbara Bedford.

1922 – Rebecca L. Fenton (Ga) sworn in as first female US Senator.

1934 – Cole Porter’s musical “Anything Goes” opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC, later transferred to 46th Street; runs for 420 performances.

1945 – General Motors workers go on strike.

1946 – Harry Truman becomes 1st US President to travel in a submerged sub.

1952 – 1st US postage stamp in 2 colors (rotary process) introduced.

1959 – Entertainer Jack Benny and US Vice President Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet.

1963 – US President John F. Kennedy flies to Texas (assassinated the next day)

1967 – Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: “I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.”

1973 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) wins MLB’s National League MVP.

1980 – Fire at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84.

1980 – RV show “Dallas” episode “Who Done It” reveals ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ gets a then record 53.3 rating (over 83 million viewers, 76% of television watchers) in the US.

1989 – Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by US President George H.W. Bush.

1995 – Dow Jones closes above 5,000 for 1st time.

2004 – The Paris Club agrees to write off 80% (up to $100 billion) of Iraq’s external debt.

2010 – 38th American Music Awards: Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber win.

2020 – Texas National Guard mobilized to help El Paso County, deal with a morgue crisis as COVID-19 cases and death surge.