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1877 – US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time.

1887 – US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii.

1890 – 1st US Army – US Navy football game, score: Navy 24, Army 0…game played at West Point.

1901 – East 182nd Street in Bronx is paved & opened.

1910 – The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine.

1915 – Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California.

1923 – The Dawes Commission, chaired by the American Banker Charles G. Dawes, is set up to look into the German economic situation and make recommendations that the US can accept.

1929 – Richard E. Byrd sends “My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole” (He was wrong)

1933 – 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania)

1942 – US Office of Price Administration rations coffee for everyone, 10 pound a year.

1943 – US aircraft carrier Hornet launched.

1944 – John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery.

1953 – American Airlines begins 1st regular commercial NY-LA air service.

1961 – Following the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion CIA Director Allen Dulles resigns and is replaced by John McCone.

1963 – LBJ sets up Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of JFK.

1972 – Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell releases Pong, the 1st commercially successful video game, in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California.

1975 – US President Gerald Ford requires states to provide free education for handicapped.

1995 – US President Bill Clinton lifts ban on exports of oil from the Alaskan North Slope; the ban was imposed after the oil embargo by Arab oil producers in 1973.

1997 – OPEC agrees to an increase in its production ceiling, OPEC has raised the ceiling to 27.5 million barrels per day for the first half of 1998.

2001 – UN Security Commission unanimously approves a resolution extending the Oil-for-Food program in Iraq for another six-month period.

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