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This Day in History – January 21

This Day In History

1789 – 1st American novel, W.H. Brown’s “Power of Sympathy” is published.

1880 – 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis, Tennessee.

1887 – Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms.

1899 – Opel manufactured its first automobile.

1908 – NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public.

1915 – Kiwanis International founded in Detroit.

1941 – 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX.

1942 – Count Basie records “One O’clock Jump”

1949 – 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)

1956 – “Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)” closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances.

1964 – Carl T. Rowan named director of US Information Agency.

1970 – Pan Am Boeing 747 1st flight NY-London.

1974 – Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London.

1980 – Gold hits record $850 an ounce.

1984 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton.

1990 – John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open.

1991 – CBS News correspondent Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf.

1994 – Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)

2008 – Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks close their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%.

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