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This Day in History – June 11

This Day In History1742—Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove.

1816—Gas Light Co. of Baltimore founded.
1825—The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.
1876—Republicans pick Rutherford B. Hayes as US presidential candidate.
1878—DC is given new government by Congress, 3 commissioners appointed by president (changed in 1974)
1895—Charles E. Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile.
1905—Penn Railroad debuts fastest train in the world (NY-Chicago in 18 hours)
1919—23rd US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Brae Burn CC Massachusetts.
1927—Charles Lindbergh is awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross.
1936—Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia.
1947—WWII sugar rationing finally ended in US (began May 28, 1942)
1953—“Amos ‘n Andy” TV Comedy, also radio from ’29; last aired on CBS.
1959—Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in US Golf Open.
1964—Manfred Mann records Do Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Do.
1975—1st oil pumped from North Sea oilfield.
1985—Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus.
1991—Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0.
2001—Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
2004—Ronald Reagan’s funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.
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