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1638—1st earthquake recorded in US, Plymouth, Mass.
1657—1st Quakers arrives in New Amsterdam (NY)
1774—Boston Port Bill: British government orders Port of Boston closed.
1796–Tennessee admitted as 16th US state.
1813—Capt. John Lawrence utters Navy motto “Don’t give up the ship”
1861—1st skirmish in Civil War, Fairfax Court House, Va.
1862—Slavery abolished in all US possessions.
1869—Voting machine patented (Thomas A. Edison)
1880—1st pay telephone installed.
1880—US census at 50,155,783.
1890—US census at 62,622,250.
1911—1st US group insurance policy written, Passaic, NJ.
1923—Lou Gehrig replaces Wally Pip (1st of record 2130 consecutive games)
1939—1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer.
1947—Photosensitive glass developed.
1951—1st self-contained titanium plant opens (Henderson, Nevada)
1961—FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard.
1968—Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs Robinson” hits #1.
1969—Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio & TV.
1970—“Everything is Beautiful” by Ray Stevens hits #1.
1980—1st transmission of CNN, Cable News Network.
1992—Snowfall in Colorado.
1994—FX Channel, Cable Network, debuts.
2007—Jack Kevorkian is released from prison after serving eight year of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan.
2009—General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy.¬† it is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.