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This Day In History1779 – John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain.

1852 – George L Aiken’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” premieres in Troy, NY.

1864 – Jesse James’ gang surprise attack train: 150 killed.

1892 – Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company.

1903 – Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name.

1906 – Henry Ford’s first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

1909 – US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes.

1930 – Cubs’ Hack Wilson’s 2 HRs give him National League record 56 HRs.

1941 – US launches its 1st Liberty ship, freighter SS Patrick Henry.

1954 – School integration begins in Washington, D.C. & Baltimore, Md public schools.

1961 – Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269.

1963 – At 10:59 AM census clock, records US population at 190,000,000.

1964 – Findings of the Warren Commission into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy released, finding Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

1979 – US Congress’ final approval to create Department of Education.

1985 – Hurricane Gloria’s 130 MPH wind hits Atlantic coast.

1986 – Senate joins House of Reps voting for sweeping tax reforms.

1989 – Sony purchases Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion cash.

1990 – Senate Judiciary committee approves Souter’s Supreme Court appointment.

1992 – Seattle’s Randy Johnson ties AL record for lefties with 18 strike outs.

2003 – Smart 1 satellite is launched.

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