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This Day in History for October 20

1774 – American Continental Congress orders discouragement of entertainment.

1817 – 1st Mississippi “Showboat” leaves Nashville on maiden voyage.

1964 – US President Abraham Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

1906 – Dr. Lee DeForest demonstrated his electrical vacuum tube (radio tube)

1928 – Wein Alaska Airways, Inc. incorporated; the first airline in Alaska and one of the 1st in the US with Noel Wien as President.

1934 – Major League Baseball All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig sails to Japan for 19-game series against Big-Six University League.

1939 – “All the Things You Are” recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

1944 – US forces under General Douglas MacArthur return to the Philippines with the landing of the US Army on Leyte.

1947 – Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years.

1955 – “No Time for Sergeants” opens on Broadway, starring Andy Griffin.

1962 – Peter, Paul and Mary’s debut folk album “Peter, Paul and Mary” reaches No.1 on US album charts.

1963 – Jim Brown sets NFL single-scoring rushing record, 1,863 yards.

1973 – President Nixon discharges Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and accepts the resignations of Attorney General Elliott L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus.

1983 – IBM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released.

1990 – Antiwar protest marches begin in 20 US cities (US-Iraq)

1997 – US accuses Microsoft of violating pact forcing IE browser on computers.

2015 – US Vice President Joe Biden confirms he will not run for President.

2018 – President Trump threatens for pull the US out of an arms control agreement with Russia because Russia has violated its terms.

2019 – 1st test flight New York to Sydney by a commercial airline a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner, takes 19 hours 42 minutes, landing in Sydney.

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