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This Day in History for October 30

This Day In History1768 – First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC).

1864 – Helena, Montana’s capital, founded.

1868 – John Menard of Louisiana is 1st African American elected to US Congress.

1873 – P T Barnum’s circus, “Greatest Show on Earth”, debuts (New York City).

1894 – Daniel Cooper patents time clock.

1896 – Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator.

1900 – First-ever US auto show opens in Madison Square Garden in NYC.

1905 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession” premieres in NYC.

1938 – A radio broadcast of H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Wells, allegedly causes a mass panic.

1940 – Film premiere of “One Night in the Tropics”, first film for Abbott and Costello, Patterson, New Jersey.

1945 – US government announces end to shoe rationing.

1952 – Clarence Birdseye sells first frozen peas.

1953 – Dr. Albert Schweitzer & Gen. George Marshall win Nobel Peace Prize.

1963 – Sandy Koufax wins NL MVP award.

1974 – California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH).

1974 – Catfish Hunter is named AL Cy Young Award winner.

1976 – Jane Pauley becomes news co-anchor of Today Show.

1989 – Smith Dairy of Orrville, Ohio, makes largest milk shake (1,575.2 gal).

1996 – Exxon confirms that it is in talks with state-owned Qatar General Petroleum Corporation concerning the application of new technology to convert natural gas to petroleum products.

2012 – Walt Disney purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights for Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion.

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