This Day In History
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This Day In History

1785 – 1st US state university chartered in Athens, Georgia.

1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp.

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. for “the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge”

1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater.

1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lighting.

1948 – 1st tape recorder sold.

1955 – “Plain & Fancy” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances.

1956 – “Heartbreak Hotel” single released by Elvis Presley.

1961 – “Sing Along with Mitch” {Miller} premieres on NBC TV.

1964 – Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican President bid.

1967 – A fire in the Apollo I Command Module kills astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee during a launch rehearsal.

1969 – Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

1970 – 1970 NFL Draft: Terry Bradshaw from Louisiana Tech first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers.

1973 – UCLA’s basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record).

1976 – “Laverne & Shirley” spinoff from “Happy Days” premieres on ABC TV.

1984 – Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial.

1992 – Presidential candidate Bill Clinton (D) & Genifer Flowers accuse each other of lying over her assertion they had a 12-year affair.

1997 – “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” opens at Gershwin NYC.

1998 – Crane crashes into Roosevelt Island tram (NYC), injuring 10.

2017 – President Donald Trump issues executive order banning travel to the US for 7 mostly Muslim countries and suspending admission for refugees.