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1858 – Abraham Lincoln supposedly says in a speech, “You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time.”

1892 – 1st appearance of “Pledge of Allegiance” (Youth’s Companion)

1916 – US President Woodrow Wilson signs the Emergency Revenue Act, doubling the rate of income tax and adding inheritance and munitions profits tax.

1930 – 1st appearance of comic strip “Blondie”

1930 – NYC public schools begin teaching Hebrew.

1939 – FDR declares “limited national emergency” due to war in Europe.

1939 – Indians Bob Feller, 20, is youngest pitcher to win 20 games.

1945 – US invades Japanese-held Korea.

1946 – Bill Kennedy of Rocky Mount, NC (Coastal Plains League) strikes out minors record 456.

1952 – Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Old Man & the Sea” published.

1954 – With a 3-2 count, Phillies Richie Ashburn fouls next 14, then walks.

1956 – Harry Belafonte’s album “Calypso” goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks.

1965 – Hurricane Betsy kills 75 in Louisiana & Florida.

1971 – John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts opens in Washington, D.C.

1974 – US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes.

1985 – Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with 4,191 hits.

1986 – “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is first broadcast nationally.

1994 – USAir Boeing 737 crashes at Pitts Airport, killing all 132 on board.

2004 – The NASA unmanned spacecraft Genesis crash-lands when its parachute fails to open.

2014 – Comedian Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of CBS’s “The Late Show”

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