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This Day In History1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies.

1795 – John Rutledge becomes 2nd chief justice of US Supreme Court.

1836 – US President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found institution in Washington.

1847 – 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin & 10 cent Washington, NYC.

1862 – Congress outlaws polygamy for the 1st time.

1862 – US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco & on incomes over $600 (progressive rate)

1870 – James W. Smith of SC is one of 1st African American to enter West Point.

1874 – 1st US zoo opens (Philadelphia)

1893 – San Francisco Bay City Club opens 1st US bicycle race track, made of wood.

1899 – Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels.

1905 – Albert Einstein introduces his theory of relativity.

1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market.

1929 – US cartoonist Elzie Segar creates “Popeye”

1941 – Bulova Watch Company pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial.

1943 – “Pay-as-you-go” – 1st withholding tax from paychecks.

1956 – Elvis Presley wearing a tuxedo appears on Steve Allen Show.

1963 – Zip Codes are introduced for United States mail.

1966 – Medicare goes into effect.

1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.

1992 – Fox broadcasting adds Wednesday night TV programming.

2015 – US and Cuba announce agreement to re-open embassies and establish full diplomatic ties.