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1868 – “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott is published in America by Robert Brothers of Boston.

1880 – John Phillip Sousa becomes new director of US Marine Corps Band.

1890 – US Congress creates Weather Bureau.

1907 – A downturn in the stock market leads to a run on the dollar; US President Theodore Roosevelt later calls on financier J.P. Morgan to help manage the financial crisis.

1908 – Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825)

1924 – MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis bans NY Giants outfielder Jimmy O’Conner & coach Cozy Dolan from World Series after they attempt to bribe Phillies shortstop Heinie Sand.

1933 – New York Giants make no 1st downs, but still beat the Green Bay Packers, 10-7 in week 3 NFL matchup at Borchert Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1942 – Bell P-59 Airacomet fighter, 1st US jet, makes maiden flight.

1950 – Connie Mack’s last game as Philadelphia Athletics manager (1901-50) longest serving manager in MLB history; beat Washington Senators, 5-3 at Shibe Park.

1955 – Jackie Gleason’s sitcom “The Honeymooners” debut on CBS, replacing his variety series; production ends after 39 episodes.

1961 – NY Yankees right fielder Roger Maris becomes MLB’s all-time home run leader when he passes Babe Ruth’s mark with his 61 off Boston rookie Tracy Stafford in 1-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

1964 – WWAY TV channel 3 in Wilmington, N.C. (ABC) begins broadcasting.

1971 – Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida.

1982 – The Sony CDP-101, world’s first commercially released Compact Disc player released in Japan for $730.

1989 – US Army General Colin Powell becomes youngest Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest military position, at 52.

1995 – In the 5th game of the season, Jacksonville Jaguars celebrate first-ever NFL regular season win with a 17-16 victory over the Houston Oilers at the Astrodome.

2000 – United States wins the most medals (97) and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia.

2013 – A partial United States federal government shutdown occurs as a result of political disagreement over operational spending.

2017 – Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is released from Nevada’s Lovelock Prison after less than 9 years of detention of his 33 year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping.

2019 – Law allowing teachers to carry guns in schools comes into effect in US state of Florida.