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1782 – Great Seal of the United States of America used for the first time.

1892 – Amsterdam swimming club renamed “The Y”

1908 – Carriage maker William C. Durant founded General Motors in Flint, Michigan.

1919 – American Legion incorporated by an act of Congress.

1926 – Hurricane in Florida and Alabama kills 372.

1930 – Philadelphia Phillies, trailing 10-5, score 5 runs in 9th inning. Pittsburgh Pirates score 4 in top of 10th. Phillies score 5 in bottom of 10th to win 15-14.

1937 – Redskins’ NFL franchise plays first game in Washington at Griffith Stadium; defeat the New York Giants in season opener, 13-3.

1940 – President Franklin Roosevelt signs Selective Training & Service Act – 1st US peacetime draft.

1951 – US Open Women’s Golf: Druid Hills GC: Betsy Rawls wins first of her 8 major titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Louise Suggs.

1953 – 1st movie in Cinemascope, “The Robe,” based on the book by Lloyd C. Douglas, directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons premieres.

1960 – Amos Alonzo Stagg retires as a football coach at 98 years old.

1968 – Presidential candidate Richard Nixon appears on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in”

1974 – President Gerald Ford announces conditional amnesty for Vietnam War deserters.

1979 – Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium.

1991 – Atlanta’s Otis Nixon of Evergreen, N.C., suspended for rest of 1991 due to cocaine use.

1996 – NASA launches Space Shuttle STS 79 (Atlantis 17)

2002 – Talk show host “Dr. Phil” with Phil McGraw and co-created by Oprah Winfrey debuts on syndicated TV.

2013 – 12 people are killed after a gunman opens fire at a naval yard in Washington, D.C.

2018 – Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes sets an NFL record of 10 touchdowns in first 2 weeks of a season, torching Pittsburgh’s secondary with 6 TD passes, leads Chiefs to 42-37 victory on the road.

2021 – Idaho Department of Health and Wellness says the whole state now in a hospital resource crisis, will ration health care, due to COVID-19 surge.

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