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This Day In History

1787 – US Law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old.

1849 – Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslet (Louisville, Kentucky)

1881 – The USS Jeannette, under the command of George Washington De Long, is crushed by Artic ice after 21 months of ice-bound drifting.

1909 – “Shine On, Harvest Moon” by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1.

1917 – US Secret Service extends protection of the President to include his family.

1923 – Harry Houdini frees himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40 feet above ground in NYC.

1931 – Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury.

1939 – Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY.

1945 – US 7th Marine regiment conquer summit of Kunishi Ridge, Okinawa.

1954 – Bill Halley’s “Rock Around the Clock” is originally released.

1963 – “Cleopatra” directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC.

1965 – Sonny and Cher make their 1st TV appearance in “American Bandstand”

1967 – US Supreme Court unanimously ends law against interracial marriages.

1977 – “Pippin” closes at Imperial theater NYC after 1944 performances.

1980 – Ronald Reagan says he will submit to periodic medical tests.

1987 – US President Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin wall.

1996 – 3 Philadelphia Federal Court judges overturn US indecency ban on internet.

2002 – Los Angeles Lakers beat New Jersey Nets 4-0 in NBA finals MVP: Shaquille O’Neal, L.A.

2009 – TSC” All television broadcasts in the United States switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission.

2017 – Forbes release Top 100 highest-paid entertainers list – Sean “Diddy” Combs at No.1 with earnings of 130 million.