03/03/2024
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1799 – Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan)

1862 – Federal tax levied on tobacco.

1878 – 1st female telephone operator starts work (Emma Nut in Boston)

1898 – First forestry school in America opens at Biltmore Estate, North Carolina.

1914 – The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo.

1916 – US Keating-Owen Act (child labor banned from interstate commerce)

1922 – NYC law requires all “pool” rooms to change name to “billiards”

1932 – NYC Mayor James J “Gentleman Jimmy” Walker resigns (graft charges)

1939 – In the “scoop of the century,” Telegraph journalist Clare Hollingworth becomes the first to report the outbreak of World War II.

1945 – V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of World War II (US date, 2nd September in Japan)

1953 – Buck Baker takes lead with 10 laps remaining to win the Southern 500 at Darlington in the most competitive event in NASCAR Grand National history; four drivers swap lead a record 35 times.

1954 – Hurricane Carol strikes Long Island and New England, kills 68.

1962 – United Nations announces Earth’s population has hit 3 billion.

1973 – In his first title defense George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose “King” Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan.

1980 – Jerry Lewis’ 15th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,103,787.

1985 – Bill Elliott claims a $1 million bonus for winning 3 of the 4 crown jewels on the NASCAR schedule: the Daytona 500, Winston 500 and Southern 500.

1995 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, Ohio.

1996 – The Carolina Panthers outgun the Atlanta Falcons 29-6 in their first regular season NFL game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

2006 – Roger Goodell begins his tenure as NFL Commissioner.

2015 – Google changes its logo, biggest redesign since 1999.

2018 – Memorial service for Senator John McCain at Washington National Cathedral with his daughter Meghan McCain, Barack Obama and George W. Bush speaking.

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