This Day In History
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This Day In History

1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway.

1864 – Battle of New Bern, North Carolina.

1878 – 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, Connecticut)

1902 – Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C.

1914 – Beverly Hills, California is incorporated.

1915 – US President Woodrow Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates.

1922 – J.E. Clair turns Green Bay franchise back to NFL.

1932 – 1st US state employment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin)

1942 – WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message “Sighted sub sank same”

1950 – Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud.

1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)

1958 – Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck.

1960 – NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises.

1963 – “Still” single released by Bill Anderson (Billboard #1 U.S. Hot Country Single 1963)

1969 – 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills.

1973 – “Barnaby Jones” premieres on CBS TV.

1980 – 37th Golden Globes: “Kramer vs Kramer”, Dustin Hoffman & Sally Field win.

1985 – Charity single “We Are the World” is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)

2001 – Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7 at the Raymond James Stadium, MVP Ray Lewis, Baltimore LB.

2017 – 105th Women’s Australian Open: Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4, becomes player with most wins in major tournaments (39) in open era.