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1798 – First bank robbery in the US: Bank of Pennsylvania robbed of $162,821 at Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia.

1897 – “McCall” magazine first published.

1898 – Machine gun 1st used in battle.

1901 – Theodore Roosevelt advises, “Speak softly & carry a big stick”

1914 – The US Treasury Department establishes the Bureau of War Risk Insurance to provide up to $5 million worth of insurance for merchant ships and their crews.

1931 – Bing Crosby makes his solo radio debut.

1935 – Labor Day hurricane makes landfall in Florida, killing 423 people, the strongest and most intense hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States. (at that time)

1940 – Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedicated.

1944 – Future US President George H.W. Bush bails from a burning plane during a mission in the Pacific.

1954 – WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting.

1958 – U.S. Air Force C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan, Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a mission.  All crew lost.

1960 – American Mike Troy swims 200m butterfly world record 2:12.8 to win the gold medal from Australian Neville Hayes at the Rome Olympics.

1963 – CBS & NBC expand network news from 15 minutes to 30 minutes.

1971 – Teenage debutants Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their first matches at the US Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills.

1985 – Jerry Lewis’ 20th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $33,100,000.

1987 – Donald Trump takes out a full page NY Times ad lambasting Japan.

1991 – Jerry Lewis’ 26th Muscular Dystrophy telephone raises $45,071,657.

2015 – US President Barack Obama becomes the first president to visit the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska.

2019 – Diving boat catches fire at night killing 34 asleep on board off Santa Cruz Island, California.

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