05/20/2024
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1682 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn.

1838 – Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.

1871 – Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, NY, Boss Tweed is arrested after the NY Times exposes his corruption.

1893 – Hurricane hits coast between Savannah, Georgia & Charleston, South Carolina.

1904 – First section of New York subway – Lower Manhattan to Broadway Harlem, opened by Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT), fare one nickel.

1913 – President Woodrow Wilson says US will never attack another country.

1920 – Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins operation.

1925 – Water skis patented by Fred Waller.

1938 – DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called “nylon”

1941 – Chicago Daily Tribune editorializes there will not be a war with Japan.

1954 – President Eisenhower offers aid to South Vietnam Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem.

1960 – American League admits LA & Washington to the league.

1962 – Black Saturday during the Cuban Missile Crisis: An American spy plane is shot down over Cuba and the Navy drops warning depth charges on Soviet submarines.

1969 – Ralph Nadar sets up a consumer organization known as Nader’s Raiders.

1973 – Alabama sets offensive record (828 yds), beats Virginia Tech 77-6.

1978 – US President Jimmy Carter signs Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill.

1992 – Fox is to launch Tuesday night network TV, rescheduled to December.

1997 – Intel Corp buys Digital Equipment for $700 million.

1997 – Microsoft argues it should be “free from government interference”

2018 – Gunman shoots and kills 11 people and injures six at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in an anti-Semitic attack.

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