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1842 – Mount St Helens in Washington erupts.

1884 – T Thomas Fortune starts NY Freeman (NY Age) newspaper.

1903 – Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt are engaged.

1919 – Labor conference committee in US urges 8-hour work day and 48-hour week.

1927 – 1st snowball patent granted to Carl Eliason (Sayner, Wisconsin)

1934 – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” first heard on Eddie Cantor’s show.

1935 – Flying boat “China Clipper” takes off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight.

1943 – FDR, Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek meet to discuss ways to defeat Japan.

1943 – US troops land on Abemada, Gilbert Island.

1950 – 79 die in a train crash in Richmond, NY.

1957 – Simon & Garfunkel appear on “American Bandstand” as “Tom & Jerry”

1963 – US President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open-topped motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Lyndon B. Johnson sworn in as 36th US President.

1972 – US ends 22 year travel ban to China.

1977 – Regular Concorde passenger service between NY and Europe begins.

1981 – San Diego Charger Dan Fouts passes for 6 touchdowns vs Oakland (55-21)

1989 – Eastern Airline pilots and flight attendants end their strike, but most are not rehired.

1992 – Washington Post reports Oregon Senator Bob Packwood sexually harassed 10 women.

2016 – US President Barack Obama posthumously awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to pioneering computer scientist and Navy Admiral Grace Hopper.

2017 – Uber admits hackers stole personal information affecting 57 million people worldwide and paid $100,000 to keep quiet.

2017 – Californian man Craig Coley pardoned for a double murder after serving 39 years by Governor Jerry Brown. Longest serving term to be overturned in the state.

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