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This Day In History1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England.

1811 – 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans.

1833 – 1st US college fraternity to have a fraternity house founded.

1872 – J.S. Risdon patents metal windmill.

1904 – First intercity trucking service (Colorado City & Snyder, Texas)

1929 – “Black Tuesday” Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the “Great Depression”

1940 – Lottery for 1st US WWII draftees held: #158 drawn 1st.

1945 – First ballpoint pen goes on sale, manufactured by Biro.

1953 – A Baltimore group purchases St. Louis Browns.

1958 – Dr. F. Mason Sones is first doctor to perform a coronary angiogram.

1960 – Chartered C46 carrying Cal State’s football team crashes, kills 16.

1969 – Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation “at once”

1969 – Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award.

1982 – Car maker John DeLorean indicted for drug trafficking, later acquitted.

1988 – 2,000 US anti-abortion protesters arrested for blocking clinics.

1993 – Dow Jones index reaches record 3687.86.

1998 – Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77 year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.

2012 -Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close.

2015 – Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, succeeding John Boehner (R-Ohio)

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