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This Day in History for September 20

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1877 – Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan)

1893 – The first gasoline powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1904 – Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II.

1919 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Engineers CC: Defending champion Jim Barnes defeats Fred McLeod, 6 & 5 in the final.

1931 – MLB’s Lou Gehrig’s 4 RBIs break his old RBI mark of 175 enroute to 184.

1939 – Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title.

1946 – Winston Churchill argues for a “United States of Europe”

1951 – MLB owners elect National League President Ford Frick as 3rd Baseball  Commissioner for a 7-year term at a then massive $65,000 per annum.

1955- Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRs in a season.

1961 – African-American student James Meredith is refused enrollment to the segregated University of Mississippi.

1969 – Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: US, Great Britain tie, 16-16; great sporting gesture, America’s Jack Nicklaus conceded missable 3-foot putt to Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole for the draw.

1969 – Virtual band Archies’ single “Sugar Sugar” hits #1.

1973 – Billie Jean King bests Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match.

1979 – Lee Iacocca is elected president of Chrysler Corporation.

1984 – “Crosby Show” premieres on NBC-TV.

1994 – Space shuttle STS-64 (Discovery 20), lands.

2001 – In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, US President George W. Bush declares a “war on terror”

2011 – The United States ends its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

2015 – Martin Shkreli, CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, confirms raising the price of toxoplasmosis drug Daraprim by 5,000%.

2019 – Batman Day – 80th anniversary of the first Batman comic.