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This Day In History1542 – Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain.

1701 – Divorce legalized in Maryland.

1779 – American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.

1787 – Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval.

1850 – US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment.

1867 – The United States takes control of Midway Island.

1904 – Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC.

1928 – 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack’s Gully Jumpers)

1937 – FDR dedicates Bonneville Dam on Columbia River (Oregon)

1951 – Allie Reynolds’ 2nd no-hitter of 1951; Yanks clinch pennant #18.

1967 – Walter Washington elected 1st mayor of Washington, D.C.

1973 – ITT Building in New York City bombed to protest ITT’s involvement in the September 11 1973 coup d’etat in Chile.

1974 – US 1st Lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy.

1981 – Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City.

1982 – 1st reports appear of death from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules.

1988 – LA Dodger Orel Hershiser sets record for consecutive scoreless innings.

1991 – “Shinny Happy People” by REM peaks to #10.

2008 – SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.

2015 – NASA scientists announce the discovery of flowing water on Mars.

2016 – Hurricane Mathew forms near the Windward Islands, will go on to kill over 1000 in Haiti, the Caribbean and the US.

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