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This Day in History for October 14

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1834 – First African-American granted a US patent, Henry Blair, for a corn planter.

1893 – Harry Wright suggests umps keep ball-strike count a secret.

1908 – Upset over seating arrangements at the Baseball World Series, sports reporters form a professional group that will become Baseball Writers Association of America.

1922 – 1st Thom McAn shoe store opens on Third Avenue, NYC.

1926 – A.A. Milne’s book “Winnie the Pooh” released.

1934 – “Lux Radio Theatre” premieres.

1943 – US 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17s during assault on Schweinfurt.

1947 – Chuck Yeager in Bell XS-1 makes 1st supersonic flight (Mach 1,045)

1957 – Everly Brothers’ single “Wake Up Little Susie” reaches #1.

1960 – Peace Corps 1st suggested by John F. Kennedy in a speech at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

1963 – WGHP TV channel 8 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (ABC) begins operation.

1964 – Martin Luther King, Jr. announced as winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

1973 – 42-year old future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays’ last MLB career hit, as NY Mets beat A’s, 10-7 in World Series Game 2 in Oakland.

1979 – NHL’s greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal.

1987 – In Midland, Tx 1 1/2-year-old Jessica McClure falls 22 ft down a well.

1996 – Dow Jones closes over 6,000 for 1st time (6,010).

1998 – Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.

2006 – MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0.

2014 – World Health Organization announce Ebola virus death toll at 4,447, and the fatality rate has reached 70%.

2020 – French President Emmanuel Macron announces a public health emergency and a curfew of 9 p.m. for nine cities due to surge in COVID-19 cases.

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