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1853 – Antoinette Blackwell is the first US woman to be ordained a minister.

1912 – Boston Red Sox pitcher “Smoky” Joe Wood ties then MLB record of 16 straight wins with a 2-1 victory over St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park.

1917 – Forbes Magazine founded by B.C. Forbes and Walter Drey in the US.

1923 – Governor Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of Ku Klux Klan terror.

1928 – Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza.

1938 – John Cobb sets world auto speed record at 350.2 MPH (lasts 1-day)

1942 – US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal.

1947 – First four-engine jet-propelled fighter plane tested, Columbus, Ohio.

1958 – Commuter train crashes through drawbridge, killing 48 in Elizabethport, New Jersey.

1961 – 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus, 21 years old

1963 – Alou brothers – Felipe, Matty & Jesus – appear in San Francisco outfield for 1 inning in a 13-5 win over Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field.

1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

1975 – 1st College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 17-3 in Foxborough.

1981 – US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O’Connor for the US Supreme Court.

1989 – The U.S. Congress recognizes Terry Anderson’s continued captivity in Beirut.

1997 – Google.com is registered as a domain name.

2002 – Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon begins NFL record tying (Kurt Warner, Steve Young) streak of 6 consecutive 300-yard games, throwing for 403 yards in Raider’s 30-17 victory at Pittsburgh.

2012 – Japan announces that it will phase out nuclear energy by the 2030s.

2019 – Norman Lear becomes the oldest person to win an Emmy at 97, in the variety special category for ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience.”

2021 – US gymnasts, including Simone Biles, testify against former team doctor Larry Nassar at a Senate Committee hearing, criticizing a system that allowed it to happen.

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