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

1872 – J. S. Risdon patents metal windmill.

1924 – “Dixie to Broadway” opens at Broadhurst Theater.

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

1940 – Secretary of War Henry L. Stinson draws the 1st number – #158 – in the 1st peacetime military draft in US history.

1942 – Branch Rickey named President and General Manager of Brooklyn Dodgers.

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

1950 – 2nd NASCAR Sprint Car: Bill Rexford wins.

1956 – NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley first team up in “The Huntley-Brinkley Report”

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

1961 – 13th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Ned Jarrett wins.

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

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.

1994 – NY Lotto pays $60 million+.

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.

2004 – Arabic news network, Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

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.

2019 – 1.5 million people without power in California as utility company turns power off to try and avoid sparking more wildfires.