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

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 and 10 cent Washington, NYC.

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

1899 – Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels.

1905 – Albert Einstein introduces his theory of special relativity.

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

1931 – Ice vending machines introduced in LA 25 lbs, 15 cents.

1934 – 1st x-ray photo of entire body, Rochester, NY.

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

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

1952 – The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside of the US with Buddy Shuman winning the 200-lap race at Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada.

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

1963 – ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) Codes are introduced for United States mail.

1966 – Medicare goes into effect.

1974 – NFL players go on strike for 41 days challenging the “Rozelle Rule” but had to wait until 1977 for new collective bargaining agreement.

1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.

1992 – Fox broadcasting adds Wednesday night TV programming.

2011 – NBA owners begin the second player lockout in 12 years, shortening the season by 16 games before a salary agreement was reached.

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