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1620—Pilgrim Fathers reach America: Provincetown Harbor, Mass.

1654—Richard Johnson, a free black, granted 550 acres in Virginia.

1789—North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state.

1824—First Jewish Reform congregation forms, Charleston, SC.

1852—Duke University, founded in 1838 as Union Institute chartered as Normal College.

1865—Shaw University forms in Raleigh, NC.

1871—Moses F Gale patents a cigar lighter (NYC)

1877—Tom Edison announces his “talking machine” invention (phonograph) – first machine to play and record sound.

1922—Rebecca L. Felton (Ga) sworn in as first female US Senator.

1934—NY Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from SF Seals (Pacific Coast League)

1942—Tweety Bird, aka Tweety Pie, debuts in “Tale of Two Kitties.”

1946—“Best Years of Our Lives”, directed by William Wyler and starring Fredric March and Dana Andrews premieres in New York (Best Picture 1947)

1959—Jack Benny (violin) & Richard Nixon (piano) play their famed duet.

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—President Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, reveals presence of 18 1/2 minute gap in a White House tape reaching related to Watergate.

1980—MGM Hotel in Las Vegas kills 84.

1981—Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks.

1989—Law banning smoking on most domestic flights signed by President Bush.

1999—51st NASCAR Spring Cup: Dale Jarrett wins.

2013—The Alabama parole board grants posthumous pardons to three members of the Scottsboro boys.

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