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1892 – Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company.

1903 – Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by he song of the same name.

1908 – Henry Ford’s first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

1909 – US President William Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes.

1919 – Democratic National Committee votes to allow female members.

1931 – MLB’s Lou Gehrig completes his 6th straight season, playing in every game(.3486), Jim Bottomley (.3481)

1937 – 1st Santa Claus Training School opens (Albion, NY)

1945 – US General and head of the Allied occupation of Japan, Douglas MacArthur, meets Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo for the first time.

1954 – “The Tonight Show” 1st premieres on NBC hosted by Steve Allen.

1961 – Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269.

1963 – At 10:59 AM census clock, records US population at 190,000,000.

1973 – “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year, 1974)

1982 – John Palmer becomes news anchor of Today Show.

1985 – Hurricane Gloria’s 130 MPH wind hits Atlantic coast.

1989 – Sony purchases Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion cash.

2000 – United States baseball team, managed by Tommy Lasorda, wins Olympic Gold Medal in Sydney, Australia.

2008 – Greg Maddux wins his final start of his career (#355)

2018 – US Senate hearing into alleged sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh with him and accuser Christine Blasey Ford giving evidence.

2020 – Details of President Donald Trump’s tax returns released by the New York Times showing he paid $750 in income tax (2016 & 2017) revealing “chronic losses and years of tax avoidance”

2021 – R&B artist R. Kelly is convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking after a six-week trial in New York.

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