05/20/2024
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1865 – Mark Twain publishes “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

1872 – Suffragette Susan B. Anthony is arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshall and charged with illegally voting.

1883 – Standard time zones forms by railroads in US & Canada.

1902 – Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names the teddy bear after US President Teddy Roosevelt.

1913 – Lincoln Deachey becomes the first American pilot to perform an aircraft loop-the-loop in his Curtiss aeroplane near San Diego.

1928 – Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon.

1938 – Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

1949 – NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP.

1949 – The U.S. Air Force grounds B-29s after two crashes and 23 deaths in three days.

1955 – Bell X-2 rocket plane taken up for 1st powered flight.

1959 – “Ben-Hur” directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Academy Awards Best Picture 1960)

1963 – Bell Telephone introduces the touch-tone telephone to customers in Pennsylvania.

1975 – Calvin Murphy (Houston) ends NBA free throw streak of 58 games.

1979 – 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins.

1987 – Congressional committee reports on Iran-Contra affair.

1989 – Pennsylvania is first to restrict abortions after US Supreme Court gave states the right to do so.

1997 – Arizona Diamondbacks & Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft.

2001 – Phillips Petroleum and Conoco merge into a new company as ‘ConocoPhillips’, the third-largest oil and natural gas company in the US.

2019 – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reverses US policy regarding Israeli West Bank settlements as illegal after 24 years.

2019 – World wind speeds have risen, 3x faster since 2010 than previous decades of decline, according to Princeton study published in “Nature Climate Change”

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